Why is this a priority?
The demand for wood products is increasing at twice the rate of
population growth, and there is concern that demand will exceed supply in the 21st century. The
public increasingly demands diverse of benefits from forests including commodities, aesthetics,
clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation, spiritual values, and native biological diversity. To
address these social trends, we need to assess traditional silvicultural methods and systems and
develop some new, innovative approaches. Silvicultural systems are used to create specific forest
conditions desired by society. This is accomplished by controlling diversity and structure of plant
populations through planned disturbances based on an ecological understanding of forest
succession and landscape processes.
Current Areas of Silviculture Research
The status of timber resources in the North Central United States
Stephen Shifley and Neal Sullivan. Summarizes forest area, ownership, volume,
growth, harvest, products, product consumption, trends, and sustainability for
the North Central United States including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.