Modeling landscape in the Missouri Ozarks in response to alternative management practicesThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
Management of Central Hardwood forest ecosystems requires an understanding of how forest landscapes will change under alternative management practices. We calibrated a landscape simulation model, LANDIS, for the Missouri Ozarks and used it to predict changes in forest size structure and species composition that will result from even-aged harvesting, uneven-aged harvesting, and no-harvest management. We simulated forest vegetation response to harvest, fire, and wind disturbance for mapped landscapes ranging from 800 to 25,000 ha in extent in the heavily forested Missouri Ozarks. The most extensive simulations were for a 842-ha mature forest landscape that was inventoried as part of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project.