Integrating timber management and biodiversity conservation can be a challenge, to say the least. There are a myriad of biodiversity variables to consider and integrate with a variety of timber management approaches. Likewise, there are a great variety of documents that describe either biodiversity or timber management, but relatively few that attempt to meld the two together. The manual, “Focus Species Forestry: A Guide to Integrating Timber and Biodiversity Management in Maine”, by Robert Bryan with Maine Audubon, attempts to do just that.
According to the author:
“The goal of this manual is to simplify the task of integrating timber management and biodiversity conservation by identifying and managing for a few Focus Species whose habitat needs cover those of many other species.”
It has proven to be a very useful guide for Integrated Forest Management and has even been adopted as the foundation for forest management for one of our clients.