Crossing scales and disciplines to achieve forest sustainability
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Ecology and Society. 13(1): online.
Forest land managers are faced with unprecedented global pressures to produce resources for human consumption (e.g., Liu and Diamond 2005), while still maintaining essential ecosystem services benefiting society at multiple spatial scales (Costanza et al. 1997). These global pressures alone present daunting challenges to sustainable forest management (SFM) worldwide (Lunnan et al. 2004, Essman et al. 2007), but they are occurring in the context of an unprecedented rate of climate change (Solomon et al. 2007) that is anticipated to have drastic effects on forest ecosystem productivity and function (Melillo et al. 1993, Dale et al. 2001, Garcia-Gonzalo et al. 2007). The rate and scale of these social, economic, and environmental changes facing forestry worldwide underscores an urgent need to understand their multiscale interactions and use that insight to guide SFM planning efforts into an uncertain future (Innes and Hickey 2006).
Keywordsdecision support ecosystem management forest sustainability interdisciplinary modeling land planning participatory modeling scaling sustainable forest management
Papaik, Michael J.; Sturtevant, Brian; Messier, Christian. 2008. Crossing scales and disciplines to achieve forest sustainability. Ecology and Society. 13(1): online.