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The lost research of early northeastern spruce-fir experimental forests: a tale of lost opportunities

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Berven, Kate; Kenefic, Laura; Weiskittel, Aaron; Twery, Mark; Wilson, Jeremy.

Year Published

2013

Publication

In: Camp, Ann E.; Irland, Lloyd C.; Carroll, Charles J.W. Long-term silvicultural and ecological studies. Results for science and management: volume 2. GISF Res. Pap. 013. New Haven, CT: Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry: 103-114.

Abstract

Long-term research is critical to our understanding of forest dynamics. Observations made over decades or centuries provide valuable insight into the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and allow scientists and forest managers to determine which management regimes succeed and which ones fail in terms of desired objectives. Unfortunately, many long-term studies are abandoned before the full benefits of the research can be realized. When long-term projects end, it is often because values change and the research is considered less relevant (Innes 2004). Yet many old studies could inform contemporary forest management and policy, especially if combined with new research.

Citation

Berven, Kate; Kenefic, Laura; Weiskittel, Aaron; Twery, Mark; Wilson, Jeremy. 2013. The lost research of early northeastern spruce-fir experimental forests: a tale of lost opportunities. In: Camp, Ann E.; Irland, Lloyd C.; Carroll, Charles J.W. Long-term silvicultural and ecological studies. Results for science and management: volume 2. GISF Res. Pap. 013. New Haven, CT: Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry: 103-114.

Last updated on: September 6, 2013