Chapter 13 Application of landscape and habitat suitability models to conservation: the Hoosier National Forest land-management plan
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In: Li, Chao; Lafortezza, Raffaele; Chen, Jiquan, eds. Landscape Ecology in forest management and conservation. Challenges and solutions for global change. Higher Education Pres, Beijing and Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg: 299-328.
We demonstrate an approach to integrated land-management planning and quantify differences in vegetation and avian habitat conditions among 5 management alternatives as part of the Hoosier National Forest planning process. The alternatives differed in terms of the type, extent, magnitude, frequency, and location of management activities. We modeled ecological processes of disturbance (e.g. tree harvest, prescribed fire, wildfire, windthrow) and succession using LANDIS, a spatially explicit landscape decision-support model, and applied habitat suitability models for six species of birds to the output from that model. In this way, we linked avian habitat suitability models to spatially explicit vegetation change models that include ecological processes affecting vegetation composition, horizontal and vertical structure, and configuration. The detailed and synthetic nature of our approach provides a framework and structure that (1) is readily conveyed to multiple constituencies, (2) is based on explicitly stated assumptions and relationships, (3) provides a basis for testing, refinement, and extension to other forest commodities and amenities, and (4) provides a way to consider cumulative effects of multiple forest attributes at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
KeywordsDecision support dynamic landscape model forest planning habitat suitability models LANDIS multi-resource evaluation Scolopax minor Dendroica cerulea Bonasa umbellus Hylocichla mustelina Helmitheros vermivorus Icteria virens
Rittenhouse, Chadwick D.; Shifley, Stephen R.; Dijak, William D.; Fan, Zhaofei; Thompson, Frank R., III; Millspaugh, Joshua J.; Perez, Judith A.; Sandeno, Cynthia M. 2011. Chapter 13 Application of landscape and habitat suitability models to conservation: the Hoosier National Forest land-management plan. In: Li, Chao; Lafortezza, Raffaele; Chen, Jiquan, eds. Landscape Ecology in forest management and conservation. Challenges and solutions for global change. Higher Education Pres, Beijing and Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg: 299-328.