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Patterns and Processes in Forest Landscapes

Multiple Use and Sustainable Management

  • Raffaele Lafortezza
  • Giovanni Sanesi
  • Jiquan Chen
  • Thomas R. Crow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXV
  2. Underlying Concepts and Applicative Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jiquan Chen, Kimberley D. Brosofske, Raffaele Lafortezza
      Pages 3-16
    3. Raffaele Lafortezza, Robert C. Corry, Giovanni Sanesi, Robert D. Brown
      Pages 17-32
  3. Consequences of Management across Regions and Scales

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Igor M. Danilin, Thomas R. Crow
      Pages 47-66
    3. Jan Bogaert, Issouf Bamba, Kouao J. Koffi, Serge Sibomana, Jean-Pierre Kabulu Djibu, Dominique Champluvier et al.
      Pages 67-87
    4. Francisco Carabelli, Roberto Scoz
      Pages 89-105
    5. Daniel S. Banfai, David M.J.S. Bowman
      Pages 107-124
    6. Ashish Kumar, Bruce G. Marcot, P.S. Roy
      Pages 125-139
    7. Raffaele Lafortezza, Giovanni Sanesi
      Pages 141-145
  4. Landscape-Scale Indicators and Projection Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. W. Keith Moser, Janine Bolliger, Don C. Bragg, Mark H. Hansen, Mark A. Hatfield, Timothy A. Nigh et al.
      Pages 149-166
    3. Santiago Saura, Olga Torras, Assu Gil-Tena, Lucía Pascual-Hortal
      Pages 167-189
    4. Piermaria Corona, Riccardo Salvati, Anna Barbati, Gherardo Chirici
      Pages 191-211
    5. Richard Lucas, Arnon Accad, Lucy Randall, Peter Bunting, John Armston
      Pages 213-239
    6. Jiquan Chen
      Pages 265-270
  5. Long-Term Sustainable Plans and Management Actions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271

About this book


Increasing evidence suggests that the composition and spatial configuration – the pattern – of forest landscapes affect many ecological processes, including the movement and persistence of particular species, the susceptibility and spread of disturbances such as fires or pest outbreaks, and the redistribution of matter and nutrients. Understanding these issues is key to the successful management of complex, multifunctional forest landscapes, and landscape ecology, based on a foundation of island bio-geography and meta-population dynamic theories, provides the rationale to deal with this pattern-to-process interaction at different spatial and temporal scales.

This carefully edited volume represents a stimulating addition to the international literature on landscape ecology and resource management. It provides key insights into some of the applicable landscape ecological theories that underlie forest management, with a specific focus on how forest management can benefit from landscape ecology, and how landscape ecology can be advanced by tackling challenging problems in forest (landscape) management. It also presents a series of case studies from Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia exploring the issues of disturbance, diversity, management, and scale, and with a specific focus on how human intervention affects forest landscapes and, in turn, how landscapes influence humans and their culture.

An important reference for advanced students and researchers in landscape ecology, conservation biology, forest ecology, natural resource management and ecology across multiple scales, the book will also appeal to researchers and practitioners in reserve design, ecological restoration, forest management, landscape planning and landscape architecture.


Ecological patterns Ecological processes Forest landscapes Forestry Human disturbances Integration Sustainable forest management Sustainable management biodiversity ecology forest

Editors and affiliations

  • Raffaele Lafortezza
    • 1
  • Giovanni Sanesi
    • 1
  • Jiquan Chen
    • 2
  • Thomas R. Crow
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Scienze delle Produzioni VegetaliUniversity of BariItaly
  2. 2.Dept. Earth, Ecological & Environmental SciencesUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA
  3. 3.USDA Forest Service Environmental Sciences ResearchSW Washington DCUSA

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"The book aims to elucidate the dynamics of forest ecosystems in the broad sense … . The four-part work provides some of the most salient, pertinent examples of landscape ecological research. Scholars, students, and forest managers seeking a current synthesis within these divisions of landscape ecology may consult one of the parts independently--each part contains several well-referenced chapters--or the book as a whole. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (D. L. Richter, Choice, Vol. 46 (11), 2009)

“This highly accessible book provides a comprehensive overview of recent research and theory about the Landscape Ecology state in Forest. … this book based on the main results of the 2006 IUFRO Landscape Ecology Workshop of Locorotondo (Bari, Italy) is the most recent comprehensive textbook on this subject for students, researchers and professionals from around the world. … To conclude, this is the most thoughtfull, scientific and case studies … that I have read on ecology processes and management in Forest Landscapes.” (Marc Benoît, Annals of Forest Science, Issue 1, 2010)

“I was therefore pleasantly surprised to find in this volume a rich and relatively coherent collection of papers whose authors include many of the world’s leaders in the field of landscape ecology. … the editors span the extremes of the range of approaches to forest landscapes and this is one of the strengths of the book. … The book is very well edited and produced and will be a valuable reference work for anyone concerned with large scale patterns and processes in forest landscapes.” (Jeffrey Sayer, International Forestry Review, Vol. 11 (1), 2009)