An ecological basis for ecosystem management
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Merrill R. Kaufmann; Russell T. Graham; Douglas A. Boyce Jr.; William H. Moir; Lee Perry; Richard T. Reynolds; R. L. Bassett; Pat Mehlhop; Carleton B. Edminster; William M. Block; Paul Stephen Corn
Publication Year: 1994

Cataloging Information

  • coarse-filter and fine-filter analyses
  • conservation biology
  • decision model
  • ecosystem management concepts
  • ecosystem needs
  • guiding principles
  • hierarchy
  • human dimension
  • reference conditions
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Record Last Modified: December 13, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 5919


Guiding principles based on conservation biology are applied in assessing ecosystem needs. Ecosystem, economic, and social needs are integrated in a decision model in which the guiding principles are used as a primary filter for evaluating proposed actions. Management practices consistent with the guiding principles are likely to lead to ecological, economic, and social well being, while those practices that are not consistent with the guiding principles risk species loss, degraded environments, and long term social problems.

Online Link(s):
Kaufmann, M. R.; Graham, Russell T.; Boyce, Douglas A.; Moir, W. H.; Perry, Lee; Reynolds, Richard T.; Bassett, R. L.; Mehlhop, Pat; Edminister, Carleton B.; Block, W. M.; Corn, Paul S. 1994. An ecological basis for ecosystem management. General Technical Report RM-GTR-246. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 22 p.