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Title: Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project: the experiment
Author: Sheriff, Steven L.
Publication: In: Shifley, S. R.; Kabrick, J. M., eds. Proceedings of the Second Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project Symposium: Post-treatment Results of the Landscape Experiment. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-227. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station. 1-25.
Abstract: Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP) is a unique experiment to learn about the impacts of management practices on a forest system. Three forest management practices (uneven-aged management, even-aged management, and no-harvest management) as practiced by the Missouri Department of Conservation were randomly assigned to nine forest management sites using a randomized complete block design. Unique features of the MOFEP experimental design include collection of pre-treatment information, use of replicate forest management units, and the long-term nature of the project. In the case of MOFEP, pre-treatment data were collected up to 5 years before the harvest treatments were applied in 1996-1997. The design of MOFEP also allows for three complete rotations of harvest treatments with each site. Since the periods between the application of even-aged and uneven-aged harvest practices will be 10 to 15 years and the rotation length will be about 100 years, we expect the life of MOFEP to be at least 300 years. Throughout this project, results will provide information valuable to understanding and designing forest management practices that will benefit forest ecosystem health. Through MOFEP's example, lessons can be learned about the application of large-scale (spatially and temporally) experiments in natural resources management. The MOFEP experience has demonstrated that learning about the impacts of management on natural ecosystems can be accomplished on a scale relevant to managers and researchers.
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