Sustaining Young Forest Communities

Ecology and Management of early successional habitats in the central hardwood region, USA

  • Cathryn Greenberg
  • Beverly Collins
  • Frank Thompson III

Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Cathryn H. Greenberg, Beverly Collins, Frank R. Thompson III, William Henry McNab
    Pages 1-10
  3. Peter S. White, Beverly Collins, Gary R. Wein
    Pages 27-40
  4. Martin A. Spetich, Roger W. Perry, Craig A. Harper, Stacy L. Clark
    Pages 41-58
  5. Katherine J. Elliott, Craig A. Harper, Beverly Collins
    Pages 97-119
  6. Cathryn H. Greenberg, Roger W. Perry, Craig A. Harper, Douglas J. Levey, John M. McCord
    Pages 121-141
  7. Christopher E. Moorman, Kevin R. Russell, Cathryn H. Greenberg
    Pages 191-208
  8. J. Drew Lanham, Maria A. Whitehead
    Pages 209-224
  9. Gordon S. Warburton, Craig A. Harper, Kendrick Weeks
    Pages 225-251
  10. James M. Vose, Chelcy R. Ford
    Pages 253-269
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 305-310

About this book


There is a rising concern among natural resource scientists and managers about decline of the many plant and animal species associated with early successional habitats, especially within the Central Hardwood Region.  Open sites with grass, herbaceous, shrub, or incomplete young forest cover are disappearing as abandoned farmland and pastures return to forest and recently harvested or disturbed forests re-grow.  There are many questions about “why, what, where, and how” to manage for early successional habitats.  Tradeoffs among ecological services such as carbon storage, hydrologic processes, forest products, and biotic diversity between young, early successional habitats and mature forest are not fully understood.  Personal values and attitudes regarding forest management for conservation purposes versus "letting nature take its course," complicate finding common ground on whether and how to create or sustain early successional habitats.  In this book, expert scientists and experienced land managers synthesize knowledge and original scientific work to address critical questions sparked by the decline of early successional habitats.  We focus on habitats created by natural disturbances or management of upland hardwood forests and discuss how they can be sustainably created and managed in a landscape context.  Together, chapters written by ecologists, conservationists, and land managers provide a balanced view of how past, current, and future scenarios affect the extent and quality of early successional habitat and implications for ecosystem services and disturbance-dependant plants and animals in upland hardwood forest of the Central Hardwood Region.



Early successional habitat Forest management Natural disturbance Upland hardwood forest Wildlife habitat

Editors and affiliations

  • Cathryn Greenberg
    • 1
  • Beverly Collins
    • 2
  • Frank Thompson III
    • 3
  1. 1., Bent Creek Experimental ForestUS Forest Service, Southern Research StaAshvilleUSA
  2. 2., Department of BiologyWestern Carolina UniversityCullowheeUSA
  3. 3.US Forest Service Northern Research StatColumbiaUSA

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