Tuesday, 28 October 2003

This presentation is part of : Display Presentations, Section Cd. Behavior and Ecology

Ecological impact of the southern pine beetle in a sustainable forest management context

Maria D. Tchakerian1, Jaehyung Yu1, Robert N. Coulson1, and Forrest L. Oliveria2. (1) Texas A&M University, Knowledge Engineering Laboratory, Entomology Department, Heep Center, College Station, TX, (2) USDA Forest Service, Health Protection, 2500 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA

For management purposes sustainability of a forest landscape is normally defined by a set of criteria (e.g., plant and animal biodiversity) and indicators (e.g., numbers and kinds of soil arthropods) and evaluated in the context of the set of processes that guide ecological succession. Sustainable forest management practices are place-based activities that influence both the mosaic pattern and constituency of landscape element types present through space and time. Both natural (southern pine beetle herbivory) and cultural (harvesting) disturbances are expected events associated with the process of ecological succession of forest landscapes. We examine the impact of southern pine beetle herbivory in the context of criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management with special reference to wildlife species.

Species 1: Coleoptera Scolytidae Dendroctonus frontalis (Southern pine beetle)
Keywords: sustainability, ecological impact

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