Determining Reference Ecosystem Conditions for Disturbed Landscapes within the Context of Contemporary Resource Management Issues

Goebel, P.C., T.C. Wyse and R.G. Corace III

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In this article, we present a framework to assess the potential influence of forest ecosystem restoration on the landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the core of which is an approach to determine the distribution of forest ecosystems on both the pre-European settlement landscape and the “restored” landscape. Because there has been an increased interest in the conservation and restoration of the cultural landscapes (e.g., particularly late 19th and early 20th century farmsteads) at the Lakeshore, we focus our efforts on understanding the important ecological contributions provided by these cultural landscapes to open land avian bird conservation and the potential consequences of restoring the Lakeshore’s cultural landscapes to a more natural condition.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Journal of Forestry