Emulating natural forest landscape disturbances : concepts and applications.

Main Author: Perera, Ajith H. (ed.)
Other Authors: Buse, Lisa J.(ed.), Weber, Michael G.(ed.)
Published: New York : Columbia University Press , 2004.


What is a natural forest disturbance? How well do we understand them and how might we emulate them in forest management? What role does emulation play in forest management? Representing a range of geographic perspectives from across Canada and the United States, this book looks at the escalating public debate on the viability of natural disturbance emulation for sustaining forest landscapes from the perspective of policymakers, forestry professionals, academics, and conservationists. The first section examines foundational concepts, addressing questions of what emulation involves and what ecological reasoning substantiates it. The second section uses case studies from a wide geographical range to address the characterization of natural disturbances and the development of applied templates for their emulation through forest management. The final section explores the expectations for and feasibility of emulating natural disturbance through forest management.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

p. vii

List of Figures and Tables

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1Emulating Natural Disturbance in Forest Management: An Overview

p. 3

Ajith H. Perera and Lisa J. Buse

2Emulating Natural Forest Disturbance: What Does This Mean?

p. 8

J. P. (Hamish) Kimmins

3The Ecological and Genetic Basis for Emulating Natural Disturbance in Forest Management: Theory Guiding Practice

p. 29

Ian D. Thompson and Alton S. Harestad

4Characterizing Natural Forest Disturbance Regimes: Concepts and Approaches

p. 43

Roger Suffling and Ajith H. Perera

5Predicting Fire Regimes at Multiple Scales

p. 55

Robert E. Keane and Russell E. Parsons and Mathew G. Rollins

6Predicting Forest Insect Disturbance Regimes for Use in Emulating Natural Disturbance

p. 69

David A. MacLean

IIApplications: Understanding Forest Disturbances

7Empirical Approaches to Modeling Wildland Fire in the Pacific Northwest Region of the United States: Methods and Applications to Landscape Simulation

p. 85

Donald McKenzie and Susan Prichard and Amy E. Hessl and David L. Peterson

8Simulating Forest Fire Regimes in the Foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains

p. 98

Chao Li

9Spatial Simulation of Broad-Scale Fire Regimes as a Tool for Emulating Natural Forest Landscape Disturbance

p. 112

Ajith H. Perera and Dennis Yemshanov and Frank Schnekenburger and David J. B. Baldwin and Den Boychuk and Kevin Weaver

10Simulating the Effects of Forest Fire and Timber Harvesting on the Hardwood Species of Central Missouri

p. 123

Hong S. He and Stephen R. Shifley and William Dijak and Eric J. Gustafson

11Using Insect-Caused Patterns of Disturbance in Northern New Brunswick to Inform Forest Management

p. 135

Kevin B. Porter and Brendan Hemens and David A. MacLean

12Using Criteria Based on the Natural Fire Regime to Evaluate Forest Management in the Oregon Coast Range of the United States

p. 146

Michael C. Wimberly and Thomas A. Spies and Etsuko Nonaka

13Using a Decision Support System to Estimate Departures of Present Forest Landscape Patterns from Historical Reference Conditions: An Example from the Inland Northwest Region of the United States

p. 158

Paul F. Hessburg and Keith M. Reynolds and R. Brion Salter and Merrick B. Richmond

14Changes in Tree Species Composition from Pre-European Settlement to Present: A Case Study of the Temagami Forest, Ontario

p. 176

Fred Pinto and Stephen Romaniuk

IIIApplications: Perspectives, Practices, and Policy

15A Conservation Perspective on Emulating Natural Disturbance in the Management of Boreal Forests in Ontario

p. 191

David L. Euler and Chris Henschel and Tom Clark

16Consequences of Emulating Natural Forest Disturbance: A Canadian Forest Industry Perspective

p. 200

Daryll Hebert

17An Economic Perspective on Emulation Forestry and a Case Study on Woodland Caribou-Wood Production Trade-Offs in Northern Ontario

p. 209

Daniel McKenney and Al Mussell and Glenn Fox

18Developing Forest Management Strategies Based on Fire Regimes in Northwestern Quebec

p. 219

Sylvie Gauthier and Thuy Nguyen and Yves Bergeron and Alain Leduc and Pierre Drapeau and Pierre Grondin

19Emulating Natural Forest Disturbance: Applications for Silvicultural Systems in the Northern Great Lakes Region of the United States

p. 230

John C. Zasada and Brian J. Palik and Thomas R. Crow and Daniel W. Gilmore

20Emulating Natural Forest Disturbance in the Wildland-Urban Interface of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of the United States

p. 243

William H. Romme and Monica G. Turner and Daniel B. Tinker and Dennis H. Knight

21Emulating Natural Forest Disturbance: From Policy to Practical Guidance in Ontario

p. 251

John G. McNicol and James A. Baker


22Emulating Natural Forest Landscape Disturbances: A Synthesis

p. 265

Ajith H. Perera and Lisa J. Buse and Michael G. Weber and Thomas R. Crow


p. 275


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