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The forests handbook
Evans, Julian, 1946-
Publication Information:
Oxford ; Malden, MA, USA : Blackwell Science, [2001]

Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
v. 1. An overview of forest science -- v. 2. Applying forest science for sustainable management.
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SD373 .F646 2001 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
SD373 .F646 2001 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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The future of the world′s forests is at the forefront of environmental debate. Rising concerns over the effects of deforestation and climate change are highlighting the need to conserve and manage existing forests and woodland through sustainable forestry practices. The Forests Handbook, written by an international team of both scientists and practitioners, presents an integrated approach to forests and forestry, applying our present understanding of forest science to management practices, as a basis for achieving sustainability.

Volume One presents an overview of the world′s forests; their locations and what they are like, the science of how they operate as complex ecosystems and how they interact with their environment. Volume Two applies this science to reality. It focuses on forestry interventions and their impact, the principles governing protection and on how we can better harness the enormous benefits forests offer. Case studies are drawn from several different countries and are used to illustrate the key points.

Development specialists, forest managers and those involved with land and land-use will find this handbook a valuable and comprehensive overview of forest science and forestry practice. Researchers and students of biology, ecology and geography as well as forestry will find it equally accessible and useful.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface to Volume 1
Preface to Volume 2
1 History and Impact of Forest Management
Part 1 Sustaining Forest Influences
2 Forest Reserves, Parks and Wilderness: An Australian Perspective
3 Forests as Protection from Natural Hazards
4 Interventions to enhance the conservation of biodiversity
Part 2 Sustainable Wood Production
5 assessing Potential Sustainable Wood Yield
6 Silvicultural Treatments to Enhance Productivity
7 Sustainable Management of Soil and Site
8 Management of Pest Threats
9 Management of the Disease Burden
Part 3 Sustaining Social Values and Benefits
10 Working with Forest Stakeholders
11 The New Forest Policy and Joint Forest Management in India
12 Trees in the Urban Environment
Part 4 Case Studies of Sustainable Management
13 The Structure, Functioning and Management of Old Growth Cedar/Hemlock/Fir Forests on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
14 The Beech Forests of Haute-Normandie, France
15 Restructuring of Plantation Forest, Kielder, UK
16 Sustainable Management of the Mountain Ash Forests in the Central Highlands, Victoria, Australia
17 Sustainable Management of Malaysian Rain Forest
18 Sustainable Plantation Forestry: A Case Study of Wood Production and Environmental Management Strategies in the Usutu Forest, Swaziland Synthesis and Conclusions