Forest Ecosystem Management: A New Paradigm for Preserving Forest Biodiversity

Forest ecologists have developed a more complete understanding of the ecological impacts of traditional forest management practices and the need to integrate knowledge of structure-biodiversity linkage into modern management techniques. This has led to the development of forest ecosystem management (FEM), which has been adapted by various public and private land managers, in hopes to improve the ecological conditions of the world’s forests. This module provides a review of the history of forest management and silviculture systems leading to the developing of FEM. In addition, the process of adapting and developing FEM is explored through a case study based on northern hardwood forests in eastern North America.

Theme: Conservation Management

Language: English

Regions: Global, North America

Keywords: biodiversity, data analysis, management, ecology, field exercises

Components: 7

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Synthesis: Forest Ecosystem Management: A New Paradigm for Preserving Forest Biodiversity

Author: G. McGee

   

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Exercise: Biodiversity and Forest Ecosystem Management: Field Exercise (Naturalist Essay)

Author: G. McGee

   

In this exercise, students compose a naturalist essay from field observations made in several forests with different disturbance and management histories. Topics can range widely depending on the local environment.

Exercise: Forest Ecosystem Management: Quantification and Comparison of Forest Structural Heterogeneity

Author: G. McGee

   

This exercise directs students in measurements and reporting of ecologically important forest structures (e.g., forest tree diameter distributions, volumes/biomass of coarse woody debris, CWD decay distributions). If two or more forests with differing disturbance histories are available for study, this exercise can be developed into a quantitative comparison of structure between the stands. Students are encouraged to review the relevant literature for comparisons of their measurements.

Exercise: Forest Ecosystem Management: Quantification of Wildlife Usage of Forest Structural Habitat Features

Author: G. McGee

   

This exercise directs student inquiry to the ecological functions of forest habitat structure. This exercise could begin by having students/groups make observations about the types of organisms that seem to be associated with certain structures. Students can then be directed to develop their observations into hypotheses regarding the habitat requirements of certain species/taxa/functional groups, and then to develop the methodology to quantitatively test those hypotheses.

Exercise: Forest Ecosystem Management: Literature Review

Author: G. McGee

   

This exercise is a group research project that guides students to synthesize the literature for a regional forest type in order to determine the prevailing disturbance regime and its effect on stand structure; describe current state of knowledge on relationships between forest structure and biodiversity; and understand prevailing forestry practices.


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Presentation: Biodiversity and Forest Ecosystem Management

Author: G. McGee

Teaching Notes: Biodiversity and Forest Ecosystem Management

Author: G. McGee


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