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Title: Restoring oak ecosystems on national forest system lands in the eastern region: an adaptive management approach
Author: Nowacki, Gregory; Ablutz, Michael; Yaussy, Dan; Schuler, Thomas; Dey, Dan
Publication: In: Hutchinson, Todd F., ed. Proceedings of the 3rd fire in eastern oak forests conference; 2008 May 20-22; Carbondale, IL. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-46. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 133-139.
Abstract: The U.S. Forest Service has recently completed an ecosystem restoration framework and enacted accompanying policy to help guide its nationwide efforts. The Eastern Region is in the midst of translating the general guidance set forth in these documents to actual on-the-ground restoration. We envision a set of coordinated field demonstrations that will initially focus on oak-dominated ecosystems--ecosystems that are greatly imperiled by compositional changes to shade-tolerant trees such as maple (Acer) and beech (Fagus) due to long-term fire suppression. In collaboration with National Forests and the Northern Research Station, an adaptive management approach (learning by doing) is being promoted whereby an experimental design and a set of potential silvicultural treatments will be applied to a network of sites regionwide. Land managers, researchers, and the general public will all benefit from this "networked" field demonstration, which employs a uniform science-based method for project design, treatment selection and installation, and monitoring efforts.
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