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IN ECOLOGICAL FOREST MANAGEMENT

Focus Species and Conservation Forestry Practices for the Kezar River, Kezar Lake, and Cold River Watersheds — 2008

Focus Species Forestry simplifies the integration of timber management with conservation of biological diversity, including healthy and diverse plant and wildlife habitats. It identifies a few Focus Species whose habitat needs cover those the needs many other species. It also ensures that known rare species habitat or exemplary natural plant communities are conserved, that the natural plant diversity of the habitats is maintained, and that other habitats, such as dead and decaying wood used by insects and fungi, is also provided.

This plan was prepared as part of the Focus Species Forestry – Community Forestry Project, a cooperative venture between Maine Audubon and towns and land trusts that own managed forest land throughout Maine. The project involves community members and local foresters in developing ecologically based forest management plans using the Focus Species Forestry guidebook as a planning tool. While most of the plans prepared to date have focused on a specific property, this plan has been developed to assist GLLT’s conservation planning goals.