January 2000: Policy direction for biodiversity is now represented by the Landscape Unit Planning Guide. This Extension Note should be regarded as technical background only.
This extension note is the first in a series that will heighten awareness of landscape ecology concepts. By understanding underlying ecological processes that drive ecosystems, we will be better able to analyze and design landscapes to meet objectives and more effectively manage ecosystems for biodiversity and thereby address recommendations in the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Biodiversity Guidebook. This note lays the groundwork by introducing some important management concepts. To help natural resource managers expand their vision to larger spatial and temporal scales, the extension note provides an overview of the hierarchy of spatial planning scales and describes the role of the historical range of variability in determining landscape design objectives.
Keywords: landscape ecology, biodiversity, spatial scale, temporal scale, landscape management.
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Updated April 17, 2007