Research Addresses Decline of Young Forests in Central Hardwood Region
Early successional habitats, which grow after natural and human disturbances, are declining in the central hardwood region. Natural resource scientists and managers are increasingly concerned about the many plants and animals species living in these habitats. Forest Service scientists have summarized decades of research on management for early successional habitats and the tradeoffs among ecological services such as carbon sequestration, hydrologic processes, forest products, and biotic diversity between young, early successional habitats and mature forest.
Forest Service scientists have spent decades studying the critical topic of how the habitats can be sustainably created and managed in a landscape context. This work was recently summarized in volume 21 in the Managing Forest Ecosystems series, titled Sustaining Young Forest Communities, which was coedited by a Forest Service scientist. The balanced view of past, current, and future scenarios on the extent and quality of early successional habitats within the central hardwood region and implications for ecosystem services and disturbance-dependent plants and animals should be of great value to land managers and others concerned with these habitats.
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