Ecological Forestry Definitions
The challenge of defining "ecological forestry" has attracted thoughtful foresters as long as the profession has existed. In fact, each forester probably has her or his own definition. Our goal is not to dictate dogma but to highlight where Guild members are in agreement.
The following are some discussions and definitions of ecological forestry by Forest Stewards Guild members:
- Natural Disturbance and Stand Development Principles for Ecological Forestry - a
scientific basis for ecological forestry and a conceptual foundation for its wide implementation by Jerry Franklin, Brian Palik and Robert Mitchell
- What is Ecological Forestry? - A brief look at the history and terminology of ecological forestry by Zander Evans.
- Economic, Social, AND Ecological Forestry - A view from Peter Bundy on the three elements of successful forestry.
- Silviculture Prescriptions in an Ecological Context - A discussion of the philosophy and implementation of ecological forestry by Ehrhard Frost from Forest Wisdom issue 4.
- A Common Thread - Charlie Moreno's discussion of Forest Stewards Guild philosophy from Forest Wisdom issue 2.
- The Tenets of Forestry - The Tenets are elaborated principles that occupy the zone between the briefly and succinctly stated Guild Principles and ecological forestry practices.
A previous effort within the Guild focused on identifying the Tenets of Forestry. The Tenets are elaborated principles that occupy the zone between the briefly and succinctly stated Guild principles and ecological forestry practices. As the Tenets of Forestry is still very much a work in progress, below are some thoughts from Guild foresters that may spark further discussion:
Conceptual Framework for the Practice of Forestry
- A Sense of Purpose
- A Sense of Place
- A Sense of Time
- A Sense of Scale
- Thoughts on Application
The Forest Stewards Guild's Tenets of Forestry project also looked at the fundamentals of decision making in the forest and generated a list of topics to consider to addressing the three dimensions of ecological forestry: ecological, economic and social sustainability.
- Ecological Considerations
- Ecosystem dynamics: disturbance and succession
- Forest health: practical definitions and holistic perspectives on health, diversity and productivity
- Economic Considerations
- Increasing net worth, ecological integrity, and legacy for future generations.
- Valuation of ecosystem services
- Social Considerations
Any Guild members interested in contributing to this incarnation of the Tenets of Forestry please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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