POSITION STATEMENTS

Biologic Diversity in Forest Ecosystems

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) values biological diversity and supports forest management practices that consider biological diversity together with other factors, such as the characteristics of the ecosystem and landowner objectives. SAF believes that active silviculture, using best management practices, can play an important role in restoring and sustaining native species and their habitats, and in maintaining the compositional, functional, and structural diversity of forests at various spatial and temporal scales. Managing for biological diversity (also referred to as “biodiversity”) reflects important choices. Among these are the degree of biodiversity sought, the kind of (genetic, species, and ecosystem) biodiversity, the spatial and temporal scales to be considered, and the roles and objectives of different landowners involved in managing biodiversity.

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