Managing for forest health in the wildland-urban interface [abstract]
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): G. M. Blakeslee
Publication Year: 2002

Cataloging Information

  • conservation
  • disturbance
  • Florida
  • forest management
  • health factors
  • insects
  • liability
  • plant diseases
  • urban habitats
  • wilderness areas
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Record Last Modified: July 27, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39311
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13953
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: FLdoc UF.M9: W44/001
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Forests of the W-UI exist in a people-dominated landscape. As such, their existence and character are highly sculpted by the values, perceptions, and motivations of people. They exist in spatial and temporal dimensions similar in part but often dissimilar from those experienced in more rural forestscapes. Each forest reflects differing values and requires/affords different levels of human involvement through management for forest health. Forests of the W-UI are often highly fragmented and altered, both physically and socially. They often exist in an environment of constrained options (reflecting an increasing disconnect from forestry infrastructure), social disincentives to management, and heightened concerns for safety and liability.: - Forest Health is defined in part by science and in part by social perspective. - Forest Health can be considered according to varying spatial, temporal, and value dimensions. - Most definitions of Forest Health would include considerations of sustain ability and satisfaction of objectives. - Forest Health can be impaired by environmental factors, cultural practices, and pathogens and insects. - Environmental factors include inadequacy of edaphic and biotic resources, altered disturbance regimes, modified species composition, and changes in abiotic environmental elements. - Cultural factors include the use or the failure to use available silvicultural practices. Indigenous and introduced pathogens and insects act as primary agents as well as stress-response agents. - Guidelines for maintaining enhancing Forest Health are founded in clearly defined objectives, are mindful of environmental and cultural factors, are designed to minimize ‘stress*, and are based on understanding the biology and ecology of pathogen and insect 'adversaries' -- and their response to environmental and cultural factors. These elements comprise the basis of a prevention approach to managing Forest Health in the W-UI.

Online Link(s):
Blakeslee, G. M. 2002. Managing for forest health in the wildland-urban interface [abstract], The wildland-urban interface: sustaining forests in a changing landscape: program and abstracts. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. University of Florida,Gainesville, FL. p. 25,