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Ecological modeling for forest management in the Shawnee National Forest

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Thurau, Richard G.; Fralish, J.F.; Hupe, S.; Fitch, B.; Carver, A.D.

Year Published

2008

Publication

In: Jacobs, Douglass F.; Michler, Charles H., eds. 2008. Proceedings, 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2008 April 8-9; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 374-385.

Abstract

Land managers of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois are challenged to meet the needs of a diverse populace of stakeholders. By classifying National Forest holdings into management units, U.S. Forest Service personnel can spatially allocate resources and services to meet local management objectives. Ecological Classification Systems predict ecological site conditions based on biotic and/or abiotic factors. Ecological Land Types were identified and mapped for the Illinois Ozark Hills subsection in a geographic information system to provide land managers with a tool for incorporating ecological characteristics into decisionmaking processes. Results are presented as mapping units and written descriptions that describe ecological characteristics based on physiographic land forms and soil characteristics.

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Thurau, Richard G.; Fralish, J.F.; Hupe, S.; Fitch, B.; Carver, A.D. 2008. Ecological modeling for forest management in the Shawnee National Forest. In: Jacobs, Douglass F.; Michler, Charles H., eds. 2008. Proceedings, 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2008 April 8-9; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 374-385.

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