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An Ecological Basis for Managing Giant Sequoia Ecosystems
Environmental Management
  • Douglas D. Piirto, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Robert R. Rogers, USDA Forest Service
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A strategy for management of giant sequoia groves is formulated using a conceptual framework for ecosystem management recently developed by Region Five of the USDA Forest Service. The framework includes physical, biological, and social dimensions. Environmental indicators and reference variability for key ecosystem elements are discussed in this paper. The selected ecosystem elements include: 1) attitudes, beliefs, and values; 2) economics and subsistence; 3) stream channel morphology; 4) sediment; 5) water; 6) fire; 7) organic debris; and 8) vegetation mosaic. Recommendations are made for the attributes of environmental indicators that characterize these elements. These elements and associated indicators will define and control management activities for the protection, preservation, and restoration of national forest giant sequoia ecosystems.
Citation Information
Douglas D. Piirto and Robert R. Rogers. "An Ecological Basis for Managing Giant Sequoia Ecosystems" Environmental Management Vol. 30 Iss. 1 (2002) p. 110 - 128
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