Introduction

An Introduction to the Landscape Management Approach

Forest ecosystems can be defined at a variety of scales - a stand, a landscape, a region, a continent. At all scales, they are dynamic --- constantly changing from one condition to another. To manage forest ecosystems requires an understanding and appreciation of the biological, social, and economic dynamics of forest ecosystems. Past attempts to manage at the individual stand scale proved difficult, since stands exist naturally in a variety of structure and each structure provides different values. To provide all values, all structures need to be maintained by different stands across the landscape. This is the basis of the landscape approach to forest management. This website addresses forest ecosystem management at different levels of complexity. The website describes the main issues regarding sustainable forest ecosystem management and the role of the landscape management approach in implementing it. Links to more detailed web pages are provided at the end of each section.

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