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- Andy Stoltman
Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin Handbook
The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin Handbook identifies the best areas of the state to manage for different natural communities, key habitats, aquatic features, and native plants and animals using an ecosystem management perspective. The handbook also highlights socioeconomic activities that are compatible with sustaining these important features across Wisconsin. In addition, it prioritizes Wisconsin's most ecologically-important resources relative to the rest of the continent and beyond.
The handbook provides useful information for making management and planning decisions at different scales and encourages use of a long-term perspective; both of these are necessary components of ecosystem management. It is intended to help users better understand the ecology and socioeconomic characteristics of the 16 Ecological Landscapes that make up Wisconsin, so all of Wisconsin's native species and natural communities can be sustained.
The 22 chapters of the handbook are organized into three parts. The document is currently in the final editing stages, and new chapters will be posted here as they become available.
Part One: Introductory Material
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Describes the origin, purpose, and organization of the handbook, who will find the handbook useful, and where the materials in the handbook can be found.
Chapter 1. Principles of Ecosystem and Landscape-scale Management
Describes the basic principles of ecosystem and landscape-scale management and how to use them in land and water management planning. Examples are included to illustrate these concepts.
Chapter 2. Assessment of Current Conditions
Contains statewide assessments of seven major natural community groups in the state (northern forests, southern forests, oak savanna, oak and pine barrens, grasslands, wetlands, and aquatic communities) as well as the state's socioeconomic characteristics.
Chapter 3. Comparison of Ecological Landscapes
Compares the ecological and socioeconomic characteristics among the ecological landscapes in Wisconsin and how identifies how they differ.
Chapter 4. Changes and Trends in Ecosystems and Landscape Features
Discusses changes and trends in Wisconsin ecosystems over time.
Chapter 5. Current and Emerging Resource Issues
Identifies major current and emerging issues in the state.
Chapter 6. Opportunities for Management
Identifies the most significant ecological opportunities and the best places to manage important natural resources in the state.
Chapter 7. Natural Communities, Aquatic Features, and Other Selected Habitats of Wisconsin
Describes future needs related to implementing ecosystem and landscape-scale management in Wisconsin.
Part Two - Ecological Landscape Analyses
Part 2 provides a detailed assessment of the ecological and socioeconomic conditions for each of the 16 individual ecological landscapes. These chapters identify important considerations when planning management actions in a given ecological landscape and suggest management opportunities that are compatible with the ecology of the ecological landscape. The 16 ecological landscape chapters are:
Part Three - Supporting Materials
- Appendix A. Ecosystem Management Planning Team Members
- Appendix B. Abbreviations used in the Handbook
- Appendix C. Data Sources used in the Handbook
- Appendix D. Descriptions of Specific Ecosystem Management Concepts
- Appendix E. Opportunities for Sustaining Natural Communities in Each Ecological Landscape
- Appendix F. Some Important Natural Resource Plans and Assessments
- Appendix G. Descriptions of Natural Communities, Aquatic Features, and Selected Habitats
- Appendix H. Statewide maps
- Appendix I. Forest types that were combined into Forest Type Groups based on Forestry Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data
- Recommended Readings and References
- About the Authors