Forest health from different perspectives

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Forest health is an increasingly important concept in natural resource management. However, definition of forest health is difficult and dependent on human perspective. From a utilitarian perspective, forest health has been defined by the production of forest conditions which directly satisfy human needs. From an ecosystem-centered perspective, forest health has been defined by resilience, recurrence, persistence and biophysical processes which lead to sustainable ecological conditions. Definitions and understanding of forest health are also dependent on spatial scale, with increasing ambiguity associated with increasing land area and numbers of trees. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-13
Number of pages9
JournalGeneral Technical Report - US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Issue numberRM-GTR-267
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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