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Sustainable Management of Central Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes


[photo:] A mature white oak forest in southern Indiana on the Hoosier National Forests represents the result of proper management to provide for wildlife habitat, conservation of native biodiversity, and high quality and valued forest products.Silviculture is the art and science of tending forests to meet human needs. It is at the core of forest resource management, because it is required to address nearly every forest management objective associated with biodiversity, sustainability, product output, wildlife habitat, soil and water conservation, aesthetics, carbon sequestration, climate mitigation, wildfire and prescribed fire, insects, disease, and invasive species. Silviculture integrates information from many affiliated disciplines and puts it into practice in forest ecosystems. The focus of silviculture has evolved from an original emphasis on timber production to consideration of the broad range of products, amenities, and ecosystem services we now expect from forests. Following are current areas of research emphasis by the Central Hardwoods unit.

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Forest Restoration

Forest Management

Last Modified: 03/22/2021

Central Hardwoods
Research Highlight

[image:] Book cover - 2nd edition Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks

Johnson, P. S., S. R. Shifley, and R. Rogers. 2009. The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks, 2nd ed.  Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing. 580p. ISBN 978-1-84593-474-3.