New Publication

Ralph D. Arnold rarnold at
Mon Aug 19 15:11:44 EST 1996

 The following publication is now available from the US Forest Service.
I encourage you to obtain a copy of it.
Managing forest ecosystems to conserve fungus diversity and sustain wild
mushroom harvests.  

Edited by David Pilz and Randy Molina
U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station  
General Technical Report  (PNW-GTR-371)  Portland, OR.  1996. 104 pages.

Ecosystem management is the dominant paradigm for managing the forests of the
Pacific Northwest.  It integrates biological, ecological, geophysical, and
silvicutural information to develop adaptive management practices that conserve
biological diversity and maintain ecosystem functioning while meeting human
needs for the sustainable production of forest products.  Fungi are important
components of forest ecosystem management because they perform essential
ecological functions, many species are associated with late-successional
forests, and commercial harvest of wild edible mushrooms contributes
significantly to the regional economy.

Inventory and monitoring provide essential information for improving management
decisions, but fungi present a unique set of sampling challenges.  To address
these unique challenges, a conference entitled "Ecosystem Management of Forest
Fungi" was convened May 3 & 4, 1994 in Corvallis, Oregon.  This publication
describes the forest management context of fungus inventory and monitoring
issues, summarizes the mycological studies presented at the conference, and
provides a synopsis of audience discussion.  A common understanding of the
challenges encountered when studying forest fungi will facilitate the planning
and accomplishment of inventory and monitoring activities by improving
communication among concerned individuals, interest groups and land managers.

Keywords:  Fungi, mushrooms, ecosystem management, forest management, inventory,
monitoring, biodiversity, special forest products, mycorrhizae

A copy of this publication may be obtained by contacting:

USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station
333 SW First Avenue
P.O. Box 3890
Portland, OR  97208-3890

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