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Additional resources for A critique of silviculture : managing for complexity
Starting with the first human harvesting activities, logistical constraints (tree sizes and infrastructure) in conjunction with complex and diverse forest conditions commonly resulted in the cutting of dispersed trees (Hausrath 1982; Hasel 1985; Mantel 1990). If even-aged cohorts were present, harvesting was concentrated in small groups. Because of the great effort required for cutting the forest, harvesting was usually done as a direct response to a need for a specific wood product. historical context of silviculture 19 Consequently, harvesting of larger units was inefficient in forests that were diverse in tree species, size, and quality.
Forests in these regions were specifically managed to provide continuous avalanche protections for settlements, while providing timber and firewood was secondary 14 a critique of silviculture: manag ing for complexity (Schönenberger 2001). Since avalanche protection was achievable only with continuous forest cover, these areas became a major force in the development of uneven-aged silvicultural systems. Fundamental Concepts and Practices that Influenced Silviculture Inventory and Planning The increased human population and industrial demand for wood resulted in the application of industrial thinking in forest management, including the use of inventory and sophisticated planning procedures.
For example, methodologies such as the Fachwerkverfahren enabled the calculation of “sustainable” harvest levels (Hasel 1985; Mantel 1990; Morgenstern 2007). More important for silviculture, these new planning tools became the criteria used to assign harvest operations to specific stands, replacing the silvicultural analyses of individual forest conditions. Thus, many silvicultural decisions such as layout, size, and timing of harvest operations were now driven by economic or planning priorities rather than by sitelevel ecological conditions.