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Title: The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: a framework for studying responses to forest management
Author: Swihart, Robert K.; Saunders, Michael R.; Kalb, Rebecca A.; Haulton, G. Scott; Michler, Charles H., eds.
Publication: Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-108. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. [CD ROM] 350 p.
Key Words: bats, beetles, birds, Central Hardwoods, experiment, forest management, human attitudes, Indiana, moths, oak, reptiles, salamanders, silviculture, small mammals, wildlife
Abstract: Conditions in forested ecosystems of southern Indiana are described before initiation of silvicultural treatments for the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE). The HEE is a 100-year study begun in 2006 in Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests to improve the sustainability of forest resources and quality of life of Indiana residents by understanding ecosystem and human responses to forest management. Human-focused articles detail the history of disturbance from pre-Columbian times, the evolution of forest policy and management, values associated with the state forests that host the HEE, human perceptions of modern forest management in Indiana, and outreach efforts designed to inform stakeholders about the HEE. Interest in forest, wildlife, and fish resources is high in Indiana, and four of five residents have visited a state forest. Support for timber harvest as a management tool also is high if done professionally and not exclusively to supply lumber. Among users and neighbors of the forests that contain the HEE, educational intervention increased the acceptability of forest management and reduced the acceptability of not harvesting.
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