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RM-GTR-247: Sustainable ecological systems: implementing an ecological approach to land management. 1993 July 12-15; Flagstaff, Arizona

Covington, W. Wallace; DeBano, Leonard F.; tech, coords. 1994. Sustainable ecological systems: implementing an ecological approach to land management. 1993 July 12-15; Flagstaff, Arizona. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-247. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 363 p.

This conference brought together scientiests and managers from federal, state, and local agencies, along with private-sector interests, to examine key concepts involving sustainable ecological systems, and ways in which to apply these concepts to ecosystem management. Session topics were: ecological consequenses of land and water use changes, biology of rare and declining species and habitats, conservation biology and restoration ecology, developing and applying ecological theory to management of ecological systems, sustainable ecosystems and forest health, and sustainable ecosystems to respond to human needs. A plenary session established the philosophical and historial contexts for ecosystem management.

Keywords: sustainable ecological systems, ecosystem management, use, biology, conservation, restoration, ecology, sustainable ecosystems and forest health

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Plenary Session Summary
W. Wallace Covington
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Sustainable Ecological Systems and Cultural Change
Thadis W. Box
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A Brief History of American Conservation Philosophy
J. Baird Callicott
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Aldo Leopold and the Evolution of Ecosystem Management
Susan Flader
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Normative Conflicts and Obscurantism in the Definition of Ecosystem Management
Michael Soule
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Biodiversity and Land Use
Neil E. West
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Sustaining and Restoring Western Wetland and Riparian Ecosystems Threatened by or Affected by Water Development Projects
David J. Cooper
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Potential Effects of Timber Harvest and Water Management on Streamflow Dynamics and Sediment Transport
C. A. Troendle and W. K. Olsen
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The biology of rare and declining species and habitats: Session summary
William M. Block
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Broad-Scale Population Declines in Four Species of North American Quail: An Examination of Possible Causes
Leonard A. Brennan
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Conservation Planning: Lessons from the Spotted Owl
R. J. Gutierrez
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What We Know and Don't Know About Amphibian Declines in the West
Paul Stephen Corn
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Threats to and Sustainability of Ecosystems for Freshwater Mollusks
Patricia Mehlhop and Caryn C. Vaughn
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Hypotheses Concerning Population Decline and Rarity in Insects
Kathryn J. Schaeffer and Stacey L. Kiser
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How Forest Fragmentation Hurts Species and What To Do About It
Daniel Simberloff
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Conservation biology and restoration ecology: Session summary
W. Wallace Covington
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Implications for Ponderosa Pine/Bunchgrass Ecological Systems
W. Wallace Covington
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Toward a Definition of Sustainability
T. F. H. Allen and Thomas W. Hoekstra
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Social and Political Issues in Ecological Restoration
Thomas M. Bonnicksen
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Restoration of Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Ecosystems With Fire
Stephen Sackett, Sally Haase, and M. G. Harrington
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Conservation Biology, Restoration Ecology and a Navajo View of Nature
Victoria Yazzie Pina and W. Wallace Covington
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Developing and applying ecological theory to management of ecosystems: Session summary
W. H. Moir
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Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Management
Dean L. Urban
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Continuous and Discontinuous Change in a Southwestern Woodland
Donald A. Jameson
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Unsustainability: The Shadow of Our Future
W. H. Moir and H. Todd Mowrer
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Ecosystem Management: From Theory to Practice
Hal Salwasser and Robert D. Pfister
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Incorporating Landscape Ecology Concepts in Forest Management: Forest Landscape Analysis and Design
Nancy M. Diaz and Dean Apostol
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A Distant Perspective: Approaching Sustainability in a Regional Context
Carol A. Wessman and Elizabeth M. Nel
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Multicultural Dimensions in Ecosystem Sustainability
Celedonio Aguirre-Bravo
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Sustainable ecosystems and forest health: Session summary
Michael R. Wagner and Jill L. Wilson
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The Healthy Multiple-Use Forest Ecosystem: An Impossible Dream
Michael R. Wagner
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An Ecosystem-Centered View of Insect and Disease Effects on Forest Health
T. D. Schowalter
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Status of Insects and Diseases in the Southwest: Implications for Forest Health
J. L. Wilson and B. M. Tkacz
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Use and Abuse of Insect and Disease Models in Forest Pest Management: Past, Present, and Future
A. M. Liebhold
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Research Approaches to Understanding the Roles of Insect Defoliators in Forest Ecosystems
Karen M. Clancy
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Modern Forest Management: It's About Opening Up, Not Locking Up
W. Bruce Shepard
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A Political-Economic Perspective on Sustained Ecosystem Management
Thomas C. Brown and George L. Peterson
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The Human Dimensions of National Forest Ecosystem Management
Greg Super and Gary Elsner
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The Aesthetic Experience of Sustainable Forest Ecosystems
Paul H. Gobster
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Declining Southwestern Aquatic Habitats and Fishes: Are They Sustainable?
John N. Rinne
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Landscape Aesthetics, Ecology, and Human Health: In Defense of Instrumental Values
Russ Parsons, Terry C. Daniel, and Louis G. Tassinary
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A Planning and Analysis Process for Including Social and Biophysical Considerations in Sustainable Ecosystem Management
B. L. Driver, Brian Kent, and John G. Hof
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The Biosocial Perspective (Banquet Address)
Thomas M. Bonnicksen
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Restoration Ecology of Coastal Riparian Areas: An Applied Approach
Adaptive Cope Team
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Enhancing the Suitability of Habitats for the Endangered Stephens' Kangaroo Rat: A Long-Term Experimental Study
Mark C. Andersen and Michael J. O'Farrell
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Regional Mitigation: A Means for Restoring Forested Ecosystems in Florida
B. F. Birkitt
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Fire in Southwestern Riparian Habitats: Functional and Community Responses
D. E. Busch
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Multi-Purpose Development of the Gila Drain Floodway
J. Dillon, J. H. Brock, and R. S. Gordon
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Exotic Species and Sustainable Ecosystem Management
Tom L. Dudley and Carla M. D'Antonio
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Relationships Between Forest Songbird Populations and Managed Forests in Idaho
Diane M. Evans and Deborah M. Finch
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Distribution and Abundance of Plants in Colorado Plateau Hanging Gardens
James F. Fowler and Nancy L. Stanton
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Inonotus (phellinus) weirii: Origins, Nomenclature, and Pathogenesis in Western Ecosystems
M. J. Larsen, G. I. McDonald, and A. E. Harvey
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Maintaining and Restoring Aquatic Habitats to Benefit Water Quality
Michael D. Marcus and Clayton S. Creager
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Evaluation of a Restoration System for Sandhills Longleaf Pine Communities
K. W. Outcalt
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Sustaining Rangelands: Application of Ecological Models to Evaluate the Risks of Alternative Grazing Systems
Mark E. Ritchie and Michael L. Wolfe
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The Potential Effects of Increased Temperatures and Elevated Ambient Carbon Dioxide on Loblolly Pine Productivity: Results From a Simulation Model
David Arthur Sampson
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Impact of Large Ungulates in Restoration of Aspen Communities in a Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Ecosystem
Wayne D. Shepperd and M. L. Fairweather
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Assessing the Impacts of Timber Harvest on a Northern Arizona Rare Plant, Clematis hirsutissima var. arizonica, Through Canopy Manipulation and Matrix Demographic Analysis
Edward Bennett Smith
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Preservation of a Rare Annual Grass, Puccinellia parishii, in Native American Agricultural Fields
M. Tremble and B. Hevron
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Characteristics of Managed Forest Habitat Selected for Nesting by Merriam's Turkeys
Brian F. Wakeling and Harley G. Shaw
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Title: RM-GTR-247: Sustainable ecological systems: implementing an ecological approach to land management. 1993 July 12-15; Flagstaff, Arizona
Electronic Publish Date: April 26, 2011
Last Update:
October 19, 2012

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