Ecology of a Managed Terrestrial Landscape: Patterns and Processes of Forest Landscapes in Ontario

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Ajith H. Perera
UBC Press, Feb 1, 2001 - Nature - 336 pages
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The growing popularity of the broad, landscape-scale approach to forest management represents a dramatic shift from the traditional, stand-based focus on timber production. Ecology of a Managed Terrestrial Landscape responds to the increasing need of forest policy developers, planners, and managers for an integrated, comprehensive perspective on ecological landscapes.

The book examines the "big picture" of ecological patterns and processes through a case study of the vast managed forest region in Ontario. The contributors synthesize current landscape ecological knowledge of this area and look at gaps and future research directions from several points of view: spatial patterns, ecological functions and processes, natural disturbances, and ecological responses to disturbance. They also discuss the integration of landscape ecological knowledge into policies of forest management policies, particularly with respect to Ontario's legislative goals of forest sustainability.

Ecology of a Managed Terrestrial Landscape is the first book to describe the landscape ecology of a continuously forested landscape in a comprehensive manner. It is written for instructors and students in forest management, wildlife ecology, and landscape ecology, and for forest managers, planners, and policy developers in North America.

  

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Contents

An Introduction
3
Physical Geography of Ontario
12
Factors Influencing Landscape Change
30
Patterns of Distribution
54
Spatial Patterns in the Managed Forest Landscape of Ontario
74
Forest Landscape Ecological Processes 101
101
Insect and Disease Disturbance Regimes in Ontarios Forests
141
Forest Ecosystem Productivity in Ontario
163
Vegetation Responses to the Managed Forest Landscape of Central and Northern Ontario
179
Forest Vertebrate Responses to LandscapeLevel Changes in Ontario
198
Policy and Planning for Forest Landscape Management
235
A New Foundation for Ontario Forest Policy for the 21st Century
276
Strategic Planning at the Landscape Level
295
Landscape Ecology and Adaptive Management
310
Reflections on the Managed Forest Landscape 323
323
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About the author (2001)

Ajith H. Perera is a Research Scientist and leads the Forest Landscape Ecology Group at the Ontario Forest Research Institute. David L. Euler is Dean of Forestry at Lakehead University. Ian D. Thompson is a Research Biologist with the Canadian Forest Service.

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