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Applications of Resilience Theory in Management of a Moose-Hunter System in Alaska

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dc.contributor.author Brown, Casey L.
dc.contributor.author Kellie, Kalin A.
dc.contributor.author Brinkman, Todd J.
dc.contributor.author Euskirchen, Eugénie S.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-08T19:42:28Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-08T19:42:28Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/9781
dc.description.abstract "We investigated wildfire-related effects on a slow ecological variable, i.e., forage production, and fast social-ecological variables, i.e., seasonal harvest rates, hunter access, and forage offtake, in a moose–hunter system in interior Alaska. In a 1994 burn, average forage production increased slightly (5%) between 2007 and 2013; however, the proportional removal across all sites declined significantly (10%). This suggests that moose are not utilizing the burn as much as they have in the past and that, as the burn has aged, the apparent habitat quality has declined. Areas with a greater proportion of accessible burned area supported both high numbers of hunters and harvested moose. Our results suggest that evaluating ecological variables in conjunction with social variables can provide managers with information to forecast management scenarios. We recommend that wildlife managers monitor fast variables frequently, e.g., annually, to adapt and keep their management responsive as resources fluctuate; whereas slower variables, which require less frequent monitoring, should be actively incorporated into long-term management strategies. Climate-driven increases in wildfire extent and severity and economically driven demographic changes are likely to increase both moose density and hunting pressure. However, the future resilience of this moose–hunter system will depend on integrated management of wildfire, hunter access, and harvest opportunities." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject moose en_US
dc.subject resilience en_US
dc.subject wildlife en_US
dc.title Applications of Resilience Theory in Management of a Moose-Hunter System in Alaska en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector Wildlife en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 20 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth March en_US

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