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Retention forestry to maintain multifunctional forests: a world perspective


Gustafsson, L and Baker, SC and Bauhus, J and Beese, WJ and Brodie, A and Kouki, J and Lindenmayer, DB and Lohmus, A and Pastur, GM and Messier, C and Neyland, M and Palik, B and Sverdrup-Thygeson, A and Volney, WJA and Wayne, A and Franklin, JF, Retention forestry to maintain multifunctional forests: a world perspective, Bioscience, 62, (7) pp. 633 - 645. ISSN 0006-3568 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 American Institute of Biological Sciences

DOI: doi:10.1525/bio.2012.62.7.6


The majority of the world’s forests are used for multiple purposes, which often include the potentially conflicting goals of timber production and biodiversity conservation. A scientifically validated management approach that can reduce such conflicts is retention forestry, an approach modeled on natural processes, which emerged in the last 25 years as an alternative to clearcutting. A portion of the original stand is left unlogged to maintain the continuity of structural and compositional diversity. We detail retention forestry’s ecological role, review its current practices, and summarize the large research base on the subject. Retention forestry is applicable to all forest biomes, complements conservation in reserves, and represents bottom-up conservation through forest manager involvement. A research challenge is to identify thresholds for retention amounts to achieve desired outcomes. We define key issues for future development and link retention forestry with land-zoning allocation at various scales, expanding its uses to forest restoration and the management of uneven-age forests.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:retention forestry, variable retention, biodiversity
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Native forests
UTAS Author:Baker, SC (Associate Professor Sue Baker)
UTAS Author:Neyland, M (Dr Mark Neyland)
ID Code:82230
Year Published:2012
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP1010050)
Web of Science® Times Cited:526
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2013-01-22
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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