Human demographic trends and landscape level forest management in the northwest Wisconsin Pine Barrens

Radeloff VC, Hammer RB, Voss P, Hagen AE, Field DR, & Mladenoff DJ (2001). Human demographic trends and landscape level forest management in the northwest Wisconsin Pine Barrens. Forest Science 47 (2): 229-241.

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Abstract

The effects of landscape pattern on forest ecosystems have been a recent focus in forest science. Forest managers are increasingly considering landscape level processes in their management. Natural disturbance patterns provide one baseline for such management. What has been largely ignored is the pattern of human habitation patterns (i.e., housing), on landscapes. The objective of this study is to discuss landscape level management options for the northwest Wisconsin Pine Barrens based on both landscape ecology and the human demographics of the region. Using the 1990 U.S. Decennial Census we examined current housing density, seasonal housing unit concentration, historic housing density change and projected future housing densities. These data were related to land cover and land ownership data using a GIS. Housing density increase was particularly pronounced in the central Pine Barrens, an area where seasonal housing units are common. Lakes and streams were more abundant in areas that exhibited highest growth. Within national forest lands, 80% of the area contained no housing units. In contrast, only 12% of the area in small private land ownership contained no housing. These results are integrated with previous studies of presettlement vegetation and landscape change to discuss landscape level management suggestions for the Pine Barrens.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wisconsin Pine Barrens, landscape ecology, ecosystem management, demographics, Census data
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 11:37
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 11:37
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13556

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