North Central Research Station
Forestry Sciences Laboratory
5985 Highway K
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Principles of Landscape Ecology for Managing Temperate
What is Landscape Ecology?
Landscape ecology is a branch of ecological science that studies how the
spatial arrangement of living organisms and ecosystems affects the way
they interact with each other. Landscape ecologists usually study
these relationships across large areas (landscapes), which may vary in
size from a few hundred acres to hundreds of thousands of acres.
Landscape ecologists are also interested in how the spatial arrangement
changes over time.
New Information from The Changing Midwest Assessment
Hot off the Press
- Gustafson, Eric J., R.B. Hammer, V.C. Radeloff, and R.S. Potts.
2005. The relationship between environmental amenities and changing
human settlement patterns between 1980 and 2000 in the Midwestern
USA. Landscape Ecology 20: 773-789. view
- He, Hong S., W. Li, B.R. Sturtevant, J. Yang, B.Z. Shang, E.J. Gustafson,
D.J. Mladenoff. 2005. LANDIS 4.0 users guide. LANDIS:
a spatially explicit model of forest landscape disturbance, management,
and succession. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-263. St. Paul, MN, U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 93
p. view pub
Nov. 2005 HARVEST ver 6.1 is now available. Click
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Focus of Current
- Forested ecosystems managed for timber, recreation, and biodiversity.
- How and where human population growth is changing landscapes around
- How forest management and natural forest disturbances interact to
determine the risk of fire across landscapes.
- How landscape patterns affect the ability of animals to move across
the landscape and colonize new habitat.
- How urban sprawl and vacation home development affects the natural
ecosystems that people value.
- Endangered species such as Kirtland's Warbler and American Marten.
- Methods to assess the current state of natural resources, to provide
decision support to land managers across the region.
- Techniques to predict how forest management actions will affect the
spatial arrangement of forests and wildlife habitat.
- Methods to predict where on the landscape future development may occurs.
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