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

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Ajith H. Perera, David L. Euler, Ian D. Thompson
UBC Press, 2001 - Nature - 336 pages
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The growing popularity of the broad, landscape-scale approach toforest management represents a dramatic shift from the traditional,stand-based focus on timber production. Ecology of a ManagedTerrestrial Landscape responds to the increasing need of forestpolicy developers, planners, and managers for an integrated,comprehensive perspective on ecological landscapes.

The book examines the "big picture" of ecological patternsand processes through a case study of the vast managed forest region inOntario. The contributors synthesize current landscape ecologicalknowledge of this area and look at gaps and future research directionsfrom several points of view: spatial patterns, ecological functions andprocesses, natural disturbances, and ecological responses todisturbance. They also discuss the integration of landscape ecologicalknowledge into policies of forest management policies, particularlywith respect to Ontario's legislative goals of forestsustainability.

Ecology of a Managed Terrestrial Landscape is the firstbook to describe the landscape ecology of a continuously forestedlandscape in a comprehensive manner. It is written for instructors andstudents in forest management, wildlife ecology, and landscape ecology,and for forest managers, planners, and policy developers in NorthAmerica.

 

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

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