What is a natural forest disturbance? How well do we understand
natural forest disturbances 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.
This book provides a scientific foundation for justifying the
use of and a solid framework for examining the ambiguities inherent
in emulating natural forest landscape disturbance. It acknowledges
the divergent expectations that practitioners face and offers a
balanced view of the promises and challenges associated with
applying this emerging forest management paradigm.
The first section examines foundational concepts, addressing
questions of what emulation involves and what ecological reasoning
substantiates it. These include a broad overview, a detailed review
of emerging forest management paradigms and their global context,
and an examination of the ecological premise for emulating natural
disturbance. This section also explores the current understanding
of natural disturbance regimes, including the two most prevalent in
North America: fire and insects.
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 emphasis on fire regimes in this section
reflects the greater focus that has traditionally been placed on
understanding and managing fire, compared with other forms of
disturbance, and utilizes several viewpoints to address the lessons
learned from historical disturbance patterns.
Reflecting on current thinking in the field, immediate
challenges, and potential directions, the final section moves
deeper into the issues of practical applications by exploring the
expectations for and feasibility of emulating natural disturbance
through forest management.
Subjects: Environmental Science, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Political Science
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