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Title

Determining reference ecosystem conditions for disturbed landscapes within the context of contemporary resource management issues
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): P. Charles Goebel; Thomas C. Wyse; R. Gregory Corace III
Publication Year: 2005

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Keyword(s):
  • environmental management
  • forest resources
  • forestry
  • Michigan
  • natural resources
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Record Last Modified: May 14, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 18688

Description

In this article, we present a framework to assess the potential influence of forest ecosystem restoration on the landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the core of which is an approach to determine the distribution of forest ecosystems on both the pre-European settlement landscape and the 'restored' landscape. Because there has been an increased interest in the conservation and restoration of the cultural landscapes (e.g., particularly late 19th and early 20th century farmsteads) at the Lakeshore, we focus our efforts on understanding the important ecological contributions provided by these cultural landscapes to open land avian bird conservation (see sidebar) and the potential consequences of restoring the Lakeshore's cultural landscapes to a more natural condition. Our analysis, which is a modification and extension of a method first presented by Palik et al. (2000), provides us with a framework to assess the conservation status of individual ecosystems (as expressed by the current and historical rarity) and examine the potential influence of restoration efforts within the context of contemporary resource management issues.

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Goebel, P. Charles; Wyse, Thomas C.; Corace, R. Gregory. 2005. Determining reference ecosystem conditions for disturbed landscapes within the context of contemporary resource management issues. Journal of Forestry 103(7):351-356.