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Forest management, ecology, and certification

A key element of our philosophy is to provide forest owners and managers with practical, applied tools for integrating forest management with the conservation of wildlife habitat and biological diversity. The following documents may be viewed on line or downloaded from our site.

Focus Species Forestry:  A Guide to Integrating Timber and Biodiversity Management in Maine. Robert R. Bryan, 2007.  This is an applied management guide that integrates silvicultural practices for timber or other objectives with management for biodiversity. Management guides for six major forest ecosystems and special habitats are included, along with habitat management recommendations for a suite of focus species representing these habitats. Species, habitats, and management principles are applicable to much of the Northeastern US and adjacent provinces of Canada. Focus Species Forestry is applicable to all ownership types and sizes and is being used by consulting foresters, communities, land trusts, and commercial timberland managers to meet ecological and forest certification objectives. (Published by Maine Audubon and also available on the Maine Audubon website).

Focus Species Forestry Vermont Workshop Handout.  Robert R. Bryan, 2009.  Includes an overview of Focus Species Forestry principles and maps and tables for adapting the Maine guidelines to the Northeastern US region.

Focus Species Forestry Habitat Assessment Worksheet. (Excel). Summarizes and graphs property-wide habitat characteristics using the Focus Species Forestry habitat classification system.

Managing for Habitat Diversity. Robert R. Bryan, 2009. This article was published in Forest Wisdom, the newsletter of the Forest Guild. The article describes an applied method to manage for plant and wildlife habitat diversity across an ownership and how to consider surrounding landscape characteristics. The method is applicable where biological diversity is a primary objective, or where diversity is secondary to other objectives such as timber production. The method has been used by land managers to address habitat diversity assessment and management requirements of Forest Stewardship Council certification. While the examples in this article are from the Northeastern United States, the method can be adapted to other forest types using regionally applicable information. 

Comparison of Wildlife Tree Guidelines for the Northeast and Maritimes.  Robert R. Bryan, 2008.  A table comparing eight sets of guidelines for retention of snags, cavity trees, and other live vegetation during timber harvest operations. 

State Biomass Harvest Guidelines Comparison. Robert R. Bryan 2009.  Several states in the Northeast and Lakes States have developed or are in the process of developing guidelines for harvesting when biomass products (e.g., whole tree chips and small branches) are to be sold.  These guidelines are applicable to any situation in which whole trees (including tops) are skidded to the landing.
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Focus Species Forestry Habitat Assessment Tools
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