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A major shift to the retention approach for forestry can help resolve some global forest sustainability issues


Lindenmayer, DB and Franklin, JF and Lohmus, A and Baker, SC and Bauhus, J and Beese, W and Brodie, A and Kiehl, B and Kouki, J and Martinez Pastur, G and Messier, C and Neyland, M and Palik, B and Sverdrup-Thygeson, A and Volney, J and Wayne, A and Gustafsson, L, A major shift to the retention approach for forestry can help resolve some global forest sustainability issues, Conservation Letters, 5, (6) pp. 421-431. ISSN 1755-263X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00257.x


Approximately 85% of the global forest estate is neither formally protected nor in areas dedicated to intensive wood production (e.g., plantations). Given the spatial extent of unprotected forests, finding management approaches that will sustain their multiple environmental, economic, and cultural values and prevent their conversion to other uses is imperative. The major global challenge of native forest management is further demonstrated by ongoing steep declines in forest biodiversity and carbon stocks. Here, we suggest that an essential part of such management - supplementing the protection of large reserves and sensitive areas within forest landscapes (e.g., aquatic features) - is the adoption of the retention approach in forests where logging occurs. This ecological approach to harvesting provides for permanent retention of important selected structures (e.g., trees and decayed logs) to provide for continuity of ecosystem structure, function, and species composition in the postharvest forest. The retention approach supports the integration of environmental, economic, and cultural values and is broadly applicable to tropical, temperate, and boreal forests, adaptable to different management objectives, and appropriate in different societal settings. The widespread adoption of the retention approach would be one of the most significant changes in management practice since the onset of modern high-yield forestry.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:variable retention, retention forestry, 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:83384
Year Published:2012
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP1010050)
Web of Science® Times Cited:280
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2013-03-12
Last Modified:2017-02-16
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