Ecological Forestry : A Critical Analysis

  • PI: Michael P. Nelson
  • Originator: Chelsea Batavia
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  • Dates of data preparation: May 1 2014 - Jun 4 2015
  • Data collection status: Study collection is completed and no new collection is planned
  • Data access: Online
  • Last update: Jun 16 2015 (Version 1)
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Nelson, M.; Batavia, C. 2015. Ecological Forestry : A Critical Analysis. Long-Term Ecological Research. Forest Science Data Bank, Corvallis, OR. [Database]. Available: (14 November 2019) .
Data were provided by the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest research program, funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Program (DEB 1440409), US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Oregon State University.
While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of data and documentation, complete accuracy of data sets cannot be guaranteed. All data are made available "as is". The Andrews LTER shall not be liable for damages resulting from any use or misinterpretation of data sets.
This work highlights the normative dimensions of “ecological forestry,” a strategy of forest management that uses silviculture to mimic the effects of non-anthropogenic processes of disturbance and succession in order to meet multiple objectives on a single piece of land. An analysis of the arguments made about ecological forestry, both broadly theoretical and pertaining specifically to western Oregon, shows that empirical uncertainties and normative gaps need to be addressed before we can make a clear, well-reasoned decision about whether ecological forestry is a viable and appropriate strategy for forest management and conservation.

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 Selection Survey - Survey used to generate arguments
 Argument Surveys - Zip file of 9 different surveys of 3 arguments each (10 arguments total)

 Batavia, Chelsea 2015, Ecological Forestry A Critical Analysis (Pub. No: 4893)