Montana State University

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Ecology Seminar Series

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

Abstract:

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.

 

The cost of this event is: Free

For more information go to:
http://www.montana.edu/ecology/html/seminar.html

For questions regarding this event, please contact:

Department of Ecology
406-994-4548
ecology@montana.edu

Listed as: Colleges Agriculture Letters and Science Lectures and Speakers Academics Seminars Research Earth Sciences Ecology


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