Practical applications of disturbance ecology to natural resource management
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): R. T. Engstrom; S. Gilbert; M. L. Hunter; D. Merriwether; Gregory J. Nowacki; P. Spencer
Editor(s): R. C. Szaro; N. C. Johnson; W. T. Sexton; A. J. Malk
Publication Year: 1999

Cataloging Information

  • Acer saccharum
  • Aristida beyrichiana
  • Arkansas
  • Betula alleghaniensis
  • Chattooga Project
  • Colorado
  • coniferous forests
  • Denali mine reclamation
  • dendrochronology
  • desired conditions
  • disturbance
  • disturbance ecology model
  • disturbance regimes
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • Fagus grandifolia
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • Glen Canyon Dam
  • hardwood forests
  • herbicides
  • insects
  • logging
  • mammals
  • mining
  • mortality
  • national parks
  • natural areas management
  • North Carolina
  • north Florida
  • Odocoileus virginianus
  • Oklahoma
  • old growth forests
  • old-field pineland
  • Ouachita Mountains
  • Ouachita Mountains
  • pest control
  • Picea rubens
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus palustris
  • Pinus strobus
  • Pinus taeda
  • pollen
  • reference conditions
  • resprouting
  • roads
  • season of fire
  • setting goals
  • Tall Timbers Research Station
  • Tsuga canadensis
  • vegetation surveys
  • wildfires
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'Key issues• Disturbance ecology furnishes a valuable conceptual framework for natural resource management.• Numerous techniques exist for documenting past disturbance regimes and the historic range of variability of key disturbances.• Management goals should be viewed as motion pictures instead of static snapshots because natural disturbances and a changing environment constantly interact with management.• Monitoring within an adaptive management model is essential to understanding the effects of disturbance on natural resources.• Human-initiated disturbances can be designed to mimic aspects of natural disturbance even though they often differ in fundamental ways.• Although disturbance ecology concepts are relatively new in natural resource management, a wide variety of applications are in progress. These applications provide a fertile source of case studies that should be consulted for development of management plans.' © 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All right reserved.

Engstrom, R. T., S. Gilbert, M. L. Hunter, D. Merriwether, G. J. Nowacki, and P. Spencer. 1999. Practical applications of disturbance ecology to natural resource management, in RC Szaro, NC Johnson, WT Sexton, and AJ Malk eds., Ecological Stewardship : a common reference for ecosystem management, Volume II. Oxford, Elsevier Science Ltd., Ecological Stewardship, Vol.II, p. 313-330.