|Title||Recognizing trade-offs in multi-objective land management|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Bradford, John B., and D’Amato Anthony|
|Journal||Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment|
|Pagination||210 - 216|
|Keywords||climate, forest management, northeast|
As natural resource management and conservation goals expand and evolve, practitioners and policy makers are increasingly seeking options that optimize benefits among multiple, often contradictory objectives. Here, we describe a simple approach for quantifying the consequences of alternative management options in terms of benefits and trade-offs among multiple objectives. We examine two long-term forest management experiments that span several decades of stand (forest tree community) development and identify substantial trade-offs among carbon cycling and ecological complexity objectives. In addition to providing improved understanding of the long-term consequences of various management options, the results of these experiments show that positive benefits resulting from some management options are often associated with large trade-offs among individual objectives. The approach to understanding benefits and trade-offs presented here provides a simple yet flexible framework for quantitatively assessing the consequences of different management options.