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RM-GTR-246: An Ecological Basis for Ecosystem Management

Kaufmann, M. R., Graham, R. T., Boyce, D. A., Jr., Moir, W. H., Perry, L., Reynolds, R. T., Bassett, R. L., Mehlhop, P., Edminster, C. B., Block, W. M., and Corn, P. S. 1994. An ecological basis for ecosystem management. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM 246. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 22 p.

Guiding principles based on conservation biology are applied in assessing ecosystem needs. Ecosystem, economic, and social needs are integrated in a decision model in which the guiding principles are used as a primary filter for evaluating proposed actions. Management practices consistent with the guiding principles are likely to lead to ecological, economic, and social well being, while those practices that are not consistent with the guiding principles risk species loss, degraded environments, and long term social problems.

Keywords: Ecosystem management concepts, guiding principles, conservation biology, ecosystem needs, human dimension, hierarchy, reference conditions, coarse filter and fine filter analyses, decision model.

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Title: RM-GTR-246: An Ecological Basis for Ecosystem Management
Electronic Publish Date: December 2, 2004
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December 2, 2004

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