Guidelines for Practicing Forest Environmental Enhancement in Louisiana

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Ultimately, environmental enhancement of a forest, or the practice of ecological forestry, means doing what is necessary to maintain or promote the natural integrity of the forest ecosystem that is present or should be present on any piece of ground, considering site factors such as surface geology, soils, topography, hydrology and geographic location.

It means determining what forest community or communities (habitats) were originally present on the site, considering the above factors, and working to maintain the natural integrity of that habitat, if it is still present, or working to promote and restore those natural conditions that have been lost or degraded through past landuse practices.

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