Forest landscape management in response to change: the practicality Chapter uri icon


  • 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York. All rights reserved. In this chapter, we examined forest landscape management from a pragmatic (practical as opposed to idealistic) perspective. The discussion was framed in the context of the landscape: a spatially explicit geographic area consisting of recognizable and characteristic component ecosystems. This perspective provided two opportunities for management: the individual component ecosystems and the mosaic of ecosystems that form the landscape per se. A point of emphasis was that forest management is not a generic concept and requires specification of the purpose of management, the spatial unit(s) being managed, the type of forest being managed, and the projected desired outcome of management. Given these constraints, we considered how the principal drivers of landscape change (disturbances, climate, and domestication) influence forest management practices. We concluded with an examination of the concept of designed forest landscapes to provide human-valued goods and services and identified constraints to achieving this end.

author list (cited authors)

  • Coulson, R. N., Birt, A., & Tchakerian, M. D.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Coulson, Robert N||Birt, Andrew||Tchakerian, Maria D

Book Title

  • Forest Landscapes and Global Change

publication date

  • March 2014