EBM Element:

Ecosystem Components

Natural resource managers tend to break ecosystems into pieces and manage each as independent entities — the genesis of regulatory “silos”. Natural pattern approaches include one, several, or all ecosystem pieces. The EBM ideal involves all of them.

Ecosystem Components Case Study

The 'Ecosystem Components' Journey

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Challenges &
Opportunities to EBM

Ecosystem Components

In commercial forest tenures, areas protected for alternative values or without merchantable timber are usually excluded from long-term forest management planning. Finding ways to include whole landscapes for EBM has become a challenge. Indeed, we have a habit of managing ecosystem components as independent entities. Natural pattern approaches can involve one, several, or all ecosystem pieces and the EBM ideal involves integrated management of all ecosystem components.

A beaver dam

Photo credit: West Fraser

The 4 Classes of EBM
EBM Wheel

The EBM Journey

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The journey is the process of supporting and sharing knowledge that will allow us to shift current forestry management towards EBM

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Who are we working with as we manage?
Why are we managing the resource?