Montana State University

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Ecology Seminar Series

Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Lewis Hall, 310


The application of ecological knowledge to conservation and natural resource management must include social and economic dimensions to complex problems facing ecological and human systems. In forests of the Northern Rockies, human communities depend on ecological services that emerge from ecosystems spanning gradients of management from working lands to wild lands. I will discuss how the distribution of forest resource management and protected lands in Montana is governed by the strong ecological gradients in the state. Historical resource use has led to current degraded conditions requiring management to restore ecological conditions across landscapes. I will discuss overarching hypotheses on the ways disturbance regimes historically maintained habitat diversity and landscape function. The uncertainty surrounding existing landscape departure from historical conditions and future climate change impacts require that an experimental adaptive management approach is used. In the southwestern Crown of the Continent, a diverse group of stakeholders are working to design, implement, and monitor a suite of terrestrial and aquatic treatments intended to restore ecological structure and function at landscape scales, while providing economic opportunities to local communities.

To request disability accommodations or inform us of other special needs, please contact Judy Van Andel, 310 Lewis Hall, MSU, 994-2911.


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