Category: Ecological Research
Title: Book Excerpt: Ecological Restoration of Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Forests
Author: * Friederici, P.G.
Subject: Ecological Restoration, Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)
Abstract: Restoration acknowledges that these forests are dynamic, ever-changing places. It does not seek to turn them into museum pieces, but it does have a value system: namely, restoration is putting into practice the belief that most southwestern ponderosa pine forests are today not healthy because they have departed too far from their natural conditions, and that this lack of health has serious negative consequences for ecological functioning for biodiversity, and for human values. Restoration lies at the heart of both good forest management and a healthy human role in the regions forests. Though it focuses on much more than prevention of severe wildfires, it aligns well with the interest southwestern residents and decision-makers have shown in reducing fire danger in and around forest communities - as well as in the backcountry.
Source: Ecological Restoration
Publisher: Ecological Society of America, http://www.esa.edu