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Red Alder-Conifer Stands in Alaska: An Example of Mixed Species Management to Enhance Structural and Biological Complexity

Deal, Robert L. and Orlikowska, Ewa and D’Amore, David V. and Hennon, Paul E. (2017). Red Alder-Conifer Stands in Alaska: An Example of Mixed Species Management to Enhance Structural and Biological Complexity. Forests. 8, 1-25
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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/f8040131

Abstract

There is worldwide interest in managing forests to improve biodiversity, enhance ecosystem services and assure long-term sustainability of forest resources. An increasingly important goal of forest management is to increase stand diversity and improve wildlife and aquatic habitat. Well-planned silvicultural systems containing a mixture of broadleaf-conifer species have potential to enhance stand diversity and provide other ecosystem services earlier than typical even-aged conifer plantations. Here, we use the example of mixed Sitka spruce/western hemlock and red alder in young, managed stands in southeast Alaska to achieve these goals. We briefly describe the silvics of Sitka spruce, western hemlock and red alder plantations as pure conifer stands or pure broadleaf stands. Then, we synthesize studies of mixed red alder-Sitka spruce/western hemlock stands in southeast Alaska and present their potential for improving stand structural complexity, biodiversity and other ecosystem services over pure conifer forests. Finally, we discuss some of the opportunities and potential tradeoffs for managing mixed broadleaf-conifer stands for providing a number of natural resources and the influence of these broadleaf-conifer forests on ecosystem linkages and processes.

Authors/Creators:Deal, Robert L. and Orlikowska, Ewa and D’Amore, David V. and Hennon, Paul E.
Title:Red Alder-Conifer Stands in Alaska: An Example of Mixed Species Management to Enhance Structural and Biological Complexity
Series/Journal:Forests (1999-4907)
Year of publishing :2017
Volume:8
Page range:1-25
Number of Pages:25
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1999-4907
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:forest management, biodiversity, sustainable forestry
Keywords:conifer plantations, broadleaf-conifer stands, ecosystem services, forest management, Alaska
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4606
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4606
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DOI10.3390/f8040131
Web of Science (WoS)000404099200037
ID Code:14910
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:11 Jan 2018 07:30
Metadata Last Modified:11 Jan 2018 11:39

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