by Pam Zubeck
Restoration of spatial, temporal and landscape heterogeneity of mixed conifer forests in the southern Front Range and mitigation of hazardous fuels can be accomplished (often simultaneously) with careful design, implementation, and sequencing of treatments, even where our scientific understanding is less than complete. Several initial guidelines seem reasonable, derived from the scientific knowledge available for the local treatment areas and the broader Front Range. More concrete and detailed plans can be completed as more knowledge and treatment experience are accumulated. It must be recognized that no one treatment or combination of treatments is likely to suffice. Patch uniformity across the landscape is to be avoided; rather, historical forests teach us that diversity of patches across the landscape is more the ecological norm and assures more resilience in the face of change.Read the entire document here:
Furthermore, sustaining landscape diversity is a long‐term process and may involve multiple management steps in the decades ahead.