Vol. 56, No. 1 (February 2010)
Editors: James D. McIver and Christopher J. Fettig
This special issue of Forest Science
features the national Fire and Fire Surrogate study (FFS), a multisite, multivariate research project that evaluates the ecological consequences of prescribed fire and its mechanical surrogates in seasonally dry forests of the United States. The primary goal of the FFS study was to measure the economics, effectiveness, and ecological consequences of commonly used fuel reduction treatments. The FFS is one of the largest and most comprehensive forestry research projects ever undertaken, and is providing answers to many of the important questions that surround the issue of hazardous fuel reduction and ecological restoration in seasonally dry forests of the United States.
Vol. 53, No. 2 (April 2007)
Editors: Robert J. Danehy and George G. Ice
Best management practices for forestry and forest practice rules have historically focused on protecting high-order fish bearing streams, but foresters and watershed managers are now recognizing that headwater streams comprise the majority of stream networks and are often strongly influenced by adjacent land. As a result, aquatic stewardship approaches and requirements for headwater streams in managed forests have recently received considerable attention. This attention, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, is focused on anadromous salmonids and the perception that lack of protection to headwater streams leads to deleterious impacts on the physical habitat and water quality of downstream reaches. There is also an emerging recognition that headwater reaches can support important non-fish communities including amphibians.
In 2001, the Headwaters Research Cooperative (HRC) was founded to address these concerns and hosted a meeting to identify ongoing research and research needs related to forest headwater streams. The meeting attendees developed overall research priorities through consensus. This list became the roadmap for HRC to fund research efforts. HRC-funded research and other research that addressed the priorities list became the material for this special issue of Forest Science
Vol. 52, No. 4 (August 2006)
Editor: Runsheng Yin
The US lumber industry has long claimed that Canada's administratively determined stumpage prices are a subsidy to Canadian producers, prompting the United States to impose restrictions and tariffs on Canadian imports. Canadian strategic responses have included increasing exports to offset losses and pursuing legal remedies. Against this background, a symposium was held jointly by bilateral academic and governmental institutions in the eastern United States and Canada on March 7-8, 2005. It addressed North American market relationships and industry trends; impacts of past, current, and future US trade restrictions; and views of and approaches to US and Canadian stumpage pricing. The goal was to lend scholarship to the discussion and enhance the understanding of any related policy actions. This special issue of Forest Science includes 14 thought-provoking articles from this symposium.
Vol. 52, No. 2 (April 2006)
Editors: Chris J. Cieszewski and Mike Strub
This special issue of Forest Science showcases selected articles from the Second International Conference on Forest Measurements and Quantitative Methods and Management, which took place on June 15-18, 2004 at Hot Springs, Arkansas. The aim of this conference series is to conglomerate the diverse aspects of the quantitative methods used in forest inventory and management under a general umbrella of quantitative forestry. This collection includes articles on classification/mapping with satellite imagery; growth and yield modeling; self-referencing functions; special inventory topics; and habitat modeling.
Vol. 51, No. 3 (June 2005)
Editors: Malcolm North and Jiquan Chen
Many of the forests of the western United States have been severely altered by a century of fire suppression, prompting both regional and national restoration efforts. The success of these efforts requires a better understanding of past forest conditions and the ecological processes that affect forest health. This special issue of Forest Science investigates the connections between structure, composition, and function on 72 hectares of old-growth mixed-conifer in California's Sierra Nevada.
Vol. 50, No. 3 (June 2004)
Editors: Jiquan Chen and Geoffrey Parker
In this special issue, leading researchers highlight the growing importance of canopy research to enhance foresters' knowledge of the processes that drive tree and stand development.
Vol. 49, No. 3 (June 2003)
Editor: Randolph Wynne
Although remote sensing has been an integral part of forestry since the operational integration of aerial photographs into forest inventory in Canada in the 1920s, the rapid pace of sensor development and information needs in the past three decades has led to an explosion of forestry remote sensing research and applications. The papers in this special issue are a cross-section of the scope of data and applications in forestry remote sensing. Remotely sensed data types include aerial photographs, lidar data, hyperspectral images, radar data, and Earth resource satellite data. The data is being used for forest inventory, ecological land type delineation, harvest detection, chlorophyll mapping and monitoring, windthrow detection and mapping, and global forest cover mapping.
Vol. 48, No. 2 (May 2002)
Editors: Stephen DeStefano and Robert G. Haight
This issue presents current research on the interface between forests and wildlife. The 26 papers, which cover work being conducted by state and federal agencies, private industry and institutions, and universities across America, are divided into seven sections representing major research topics including current issues and insights connecting management of forests and wildlife; forest structure and the question of scale; responses of wildlife to natural and anthropogenic changes in vegetative cover; responses of wildlife to forest structural stages; responses of wildlife to specific silvicultural treatments; influences of road and roadlike structures on forest structure and wildlife; and special structural requirements of selected forest species.