Modeling forest harvesting effects on landscape pattern in the northwest Wisconsin Pine Barrens
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Volker C. Radeloff; David J. Mladenoff; Eric J. Gustafson; Robert M. Scheller; Patrick A. Zollner; Hong S. He; H. Resit Akcakaya
Publication Year: 2006

Cataloging Information

  • Acer
  • barrens
  • Betula
  • Carya
  • disturbance
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • forest harvesting
  • forest management
  • jack pine
  • landscape ecology
  • landscape ecology
  • logging
  • pine
  • pine barrens
  • pine barrens
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus resinosa
  • Pinus strobus
  • Populus
  • presettlement fires
  • Quercus
  • red pine
  • simulation modeling
  • spatial pattern
  • suppression
  • wildlife
  • wildlife habitat management
  • Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 24319
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TTRS Call Number: Fire File
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Forest management shapes landscape patterns, and these patterns often differ significantly from those typical for natural disturbance regimes. This may affect wildlife habitat and other aspects of ecosystem function. Our objective was to examine the effects of different forest management decisions on landscape pattern in a fire adapted ecosystem. We used a factorial design experiment in LANDIS (a forest landscape simulation model) to test the effects of: (a) cut unit size, (b) minimum harvest age and (c) target species for management. Our study area was the Pine Barrens of northwest Wisconsin, an area where fire suppression has caused a lack of large open areas important for wildlife. Our results show that all three management choices under investigation (cut unit size, minimum harvest age and target species for management) have strong effects on forest composition and landscape patterns. Cut unit size is the most important factor influencing landscape pattern, followed by target species for management (either jack pine or red pine) and then minimum harvest age. Open areas are more abundant, and their average size is larger, when cut units are larger, target species is jack pine, and minimum harvest age is lower. Such information can assist forest managers to relate stand level management decision to landscape patterns. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Radeloff, V. C., D. J. Mladenoff, E. J. Gustafson, R. M. Scheller, P. A. Zollner, H. S. He, and H. R. Akcakaya. 2006. Modeling forest harvesting effects on landscape pattern in the northwest Wisconsin Pine Barrens. Forest Ecology and Management, v. 236, no. 1, p. 113-126. 10.1016/j.foreco.2006.09.007.