Centuries of Change in Pacific Northwest Forests: Ecological Effects of Forest Simplification and Fragmentation

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Centuries of Change in Pacific Northwest Forests: Ecological Effects of Forest Simplification and Fragmentation

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dc.contributor.author Swanson, Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2005-12-01T20:35:26Z
dc.date.available 2005-12-01T20:35:26Z
dc.date.issued 2005-10-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/2241
dc.description.abstract The forests of the Pacific Northwest have undergone significant changes in the relative proportions of various forest types, including dramatic reductions in certain habitats such as oldgrowth forests and early successional habitat rich in woody debris. Intensive forest management practices have resulted in the simplification of forest structure through reductions in certain structural elements such as coarse woody debris, snags, and canopies with high spatial variability. The loss of old-growth forests to timber harvest and land-use conversion has resulted in a condition of fragmentation, creating spatial isolation of remaining patches and significant reductions in interior habitat conditions required by certain organisms. The ecological effects of forest simplification and fragmentation in the Pacific Northwest are reviewed, and management actions to reduce negative consequences are briefly discussed. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject forest management en
dc.subject forest simplification en
dc.subject forest fragementation en
dc.subject habitat loss en
dc.title Centuries of Change in Pacific Northwest Forests: Ecological Effects of Forest Simplification and Fragmentation en
dc.type Technical Report en


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