Managed Forests at ialeUK Conference
Posted on 31/08/2012
Dr James Millington will be attending the UK International Association for Landscape Ecology (ialeUK) conference in Edinburgh 4 - 5 September. He will be presenting his research on Michigan’s forest ecosystems. The international conference will bring speakers from across science, policy and practice to discuss how landscape ecology can help guide sustainable use of land and the services it provides to society. Landscape ecology is “the study of interactions, across space and time, between the structure and function of physical, biological and cultural components of landscapes; marine, freshwater, and on land”.
James will be presenting and discussing his work that examined the combined long-term effects of variable tree regeneration and timber management on forest songbirds and timber production. This research found that forest management can be tailored to affect both the volume of timber harvested and ensure habitat for songbirds of conservation concern simultaneously, but only when juvenile tree regeneration is adequate. The simulation model used in this work provides a means for forest managers to assess the trade-offs between different ecosystem services and highlights why timber and wildlife managers need to work together in an integrated way to ensure the sustainability of forest ecosystems.