Authors: EMİN ZEKİ BAŞKENT, HACİ AHMET YOLASIĞMAZ
Abstract: The concept of forest management planning has rapidly progressed towards a more holistic approach in the last decade. Considering the whole landscape of ecosystems is the focus of landscape management. This paper examines the evolutionary process of forest management and compares and contrasts the landscape management planning concept to its predecessor, the conventional forest resource management approach. It explains the conceptual framework, provides the principles and the improvements over the conventional management planning, and discusses different approaches towards the landscape management concept. However, the paper stresses the fact that the evolutionary process of forest management provides the basis for what has long been desired, sustainable healthy forest ecosystems. In conclusion, smarter use of information technology such as geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS), understanding spatial forest ecosystems dynamics, and effective public involvement could make this new approach on the ground happen.
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