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Author Frelich, Lee E., 1957- author

Title Forest Dynamics and Disturbance Regimes : Studies from Temperate Evergreen-Deciduous Forests / Lee E. Frelich
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 266 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Cambridge studies in ecology
Cambridge studies in ecology.
Contents 1. The forest setting -- 2. The disturbance regime and its components -- 3. Sampling and interpretation of stand disturbance history -- 4. Disturbance, stand development, and successional -- 5. The study of disturbance and landscape structure -- 6. The disturbance regime and landscape structure -- 7. Disturbance in fragmented landscapes -- 8. Forest stability over time and space
Summary "More than a quarter of the world's forests lie within the cool-to-cold temperate zones of the northern and southern hemisphere. Their distinctive mosaics of evergreen conifers and deciduous hardwood species have been shaped by fire, wind and herbivory over thousands of years. In the last few centuries human activities have increasingly changed the dynamics of these mosaics: fire suppression and exclusion have reduced fire frequency, harvesting and grazing have increased, and a changing climate may be leading to a change in the frequency of high winds. While the exact influence of these changes remains to be determined, this book provides a major contribution to the study of forest dynamics by considering three important themes: The combined influence of the three main disturbance types--wind, fire and herbivory--on the successional trajectories and structural characteristics of forests; The interaction of deciduous and evergreen tree species to form various mosaics which, in turn, differentially influence the environment and disturbance regime; The significance of temporal and spatial scale with regard to the overall impact of disturbances. These themes are explored via case studies from the forests in the Lake States of the USA (Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan) where the presence of large primary forest remnants presents a unique opportunity to study and compare the long-term dynamics of near-boreal, pine and hemlock-hardwood forests. The comparability of these forests to forests in other cool-to-cold temperate zones allows generalizations to be made that may apply more widely."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 244-259) and index
Notes Online resource and print version record
Subject Forest dynamics -- Lake States Region
Forest ecology -- Lake States Region
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511066309 (electronic bk.)
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