A short presentation on Analog Forestry principle #7 - Be guided by the landscape. The presentation outlines the methods and usefulness of this principle. It is especially informative in understanding what "landscape" is.
Be Guided by the Landscape (Analog Forestry Principle #7)
Total Ecosystem Management
AF Principle 7
On technological ‘development
• Clearly, there is something about technology
that does not like that which is not itself
• Yet it is not a necessary condition, this
unfriendliness to the land
The Lagoon Cycle 1985.
• " a heterogeneous land area composed of a cluster of interacting ecosystems
that is repeated in similar form throughout. Landscapes vary in size down to a
few kilometers in diameter. The process of landscape development or
formation results from three mechanisms operating within a landscape's
boundary: specific geomorphological processes taking place over a long time,
colonization patterns of organisms, and local disturbances over a shorter
time". (Foreman and Godron ,1986).
• To this, the addition of the biodiversity component provides greater utility
in management decisions. Thus the identity of all components, in terms of
Anthropogenic and or Natural is also important
AF Principle 7 Be guided by landscape
• All farming land will be a part of a natural landscape. The boundaries of which are often set
by definition. A common criterion to delineate a landscape is on a watershed basis. Once
identified, each landscape can be divided into various replicating systems, such as open
fields, tree covered, homesteads, roads, streams etc. A landscape will often have many
vegetation components ranging from tree crops to open land. The patches of remnant
vegetation often being the only habitat left for native biodiversity.
• In design, a recognition of the value of hierarchical structuring using abiotic, biotic, native
and cultural subsystems provides a framework for landscape planners and developers.
• Placement of species in recharge and discharge areas.