A literal use of "forest health" safeguards against misuse and misapplication
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Journal of Forestry. 107(5): 276-277.
"Forest Health" has become one of the most widely used terms in ecosystem management. Its popularity derives from powerful personal imagery, connecting the fragility of health with ecosystems. It addresses a need for an efficient term to describe the vitality of the world's forests, a usage we support. However, broad adoption has brought multiple usages, not all of which correspond to the term's literal meaning or convey such clarity of intent. Although "Forest Health" makes no reference to human expectations, these values are often inserted, suggesting a natural order is at risk if particular preferences are not met.
Keywordsforest health; ecosystem management
Raffa, Kenneth F.; Aukema, Brian; Bentz, Barbara J.; Carroll, Allan; Erbilgin, Nadir; Herms, Daniel A.; Hicke, Jeffrey A.; Hofstetter, Richard W.; Katovich, Steven; Lindgren, B. Staffan; Logan, Jesse; Mattson, William; Munson, A. Steven; Robison, Daniel J.; Six, Diana L.; Tobin, Patrick C.; Townsend, Philip A.; Wallin, Kimberly F. 2009. A literal use of "forest health" safeguards against misuse and misapplication. Journal of Forestry. 107(5): 276-277.