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Category: Ecological Research

Title: Implementing Adaptive Ecosystem Restoration in Western Long-Needled Pine Forests

Author: * Covington, W.W.

Subject: Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), Ecological Restoration

Abstract: This paper discusses the restoration of western long-needled pine ecosystems in general with a focus on developing adaptive ecosystem management projects which will simultaneously restore these ecosystems and advance basic understanding of how these systems operate. The paper begins with some background remarks on ecosystem restoration. Next comes a brief overview of the evolutionary context of long-needled.pine forests of western North America. Then I present a broad overview of human caused changes in the structure and function of long-needled pine forests. Next I illustrate these changes for the ponderosa pine forests around Flagstaff, Arizona. Finally, I close with a call for interagency cooperation to implement adaptive ecosystem restoration of western long-needled pine ecosystems at an operational scale.

Date: 1995

Type: Report


Identifier: Covington, W. Wallace and P.K. Wagner, tech. coord. Conference on adaptive ecosystem restoration and management: restoration of Cordilleran conifer landscapes of North America: Proceedings; 1996 June 6-8; Flagstaff, AZ. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-278, p.44-48

Publisher: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Format: PDF