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The cutting edge : conserving wildlife in logged tropical forest
Fimbel, Robert A.
Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 808 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Reading Level:
1530 Lexile.

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The growth in the scale and intensity of industrial forestry, has, directly and indirectly, degraded the wildlife and ecological integrity of tropical forests, prompting a need to evaluate the impact of forest management practices. This study examines the interplay between timber harvesting and wildlife, from hunted and protected habitats to invertebrates and large mammal species.

Author Notes

Robert A. Fimbel is chief scientist for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

John G. Robinson is senior vice president for international programs at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Alejandro Grajal is director of the Latin American and Caribbean program at the Audubon Society.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This multiauthored book discusses one of the most important environmental issues today: the conservation of tropical forests. These ecosystems are valued as habitat for plants that could serve as natural sources of medicines, habitat for perhaps 75 percent of all the world's animal species, home for many indigenous peoples, and a source of very valuable tropical woods. The book originated from a 1996 conference in Bolivia of foresters, wildlife biologists, resource managers, and policy makers who recognized the need to summarize all available information on logging-wildlife interactions. The editors' objectives--to synthesize current knowledge of the impacts of forest management on wildlife in tropical forests, to present guidelines for logging systems that balance economic with ecological considerations, and to set directions for future research--have been achieved, as the book appears to be complete and factually sound. Although written for both scientists and nonscientists, the work is intended to be technically correct and not another environmentalist's harangue against management of natural ecosystems. The book has an overall index and literature cited, two things often lacking in a multiauthored book. An indispensable work for all levels of readers interested in the future of the world's tropical forests. M. G. Messina Texas A&M University

Table of Contents

Logging and Wildlife in the Tropics: Impacts and Options for ConservationRobert A. Fimbel and Alejandro Grajal and John G. Robinson
Rain Forest Logging and Wildlife Use in Bolivia: Management and Conservation in TransitionDamián I. Rumiz and Fernando Aguilar
The Economics of Sustainable Forest Management and Wildlife Conservation in Tropical ForestsNeil Byron
Can Forestry Carbon-Offset Projects Play a Significant Role in Conserving Forest Wildlife and Their Habitats?Elizabeth Losos
Tropical Forest Management Certification and Wildlife ConservationRichard Z. Donovan
Community-Based Timber Production: A Viable Strategy for Promoting Wildlife Conservation?Nick Salafsky and Max Henderson and Mark Leighton
Logging and Wildlife Research in Australasia: Implications for Tropical Forest ManagementWilliam F. Laurance
Protecting Habitat Elements and Natural Areas in the Managed Forest MatrixBruce G. Marcot and R. E. Gullison and James R. Barborak
An Evolutionary Perspective on Natural Disturbance and Logging: Implications for Forest Management and Habitat RestorationColin A. Chapman and Robert A. Fimbel
Reducing the Impacts of Tropical Forestry on WildlifeDouglas J. Mason and Francis E. Putz
Where Should Natural Forest Management Be Promoted to Conserve Wildlife?Peter C. Frumhoff and Elizabeth C. Losos
Programs to Assess the Impacts of Timber Harvesting on Tropical Forest Wildlife and Their HabitatRobert A. Fimbel and Elizabeth L. Bennett and Claire Kremen
Natural Forest Management and Biodiversity Conservation: Field Study Design and Integration at the Operational LevelAndrew Grieser Johns
Defaunation Not Deforestation: Commercial Logging and Market Hunting in Northern CongoDavid S. Wilkie and J. G. Sidle and G. C. Boundzanga and P. Auzel and S. Blake
The Interrelationships of Commercial Logging Hunting and Wildlife in Sarawak: Recommendations for Forest ManagementElizabeth L. Bennett and Melvin T. Gumal
Logging and Hunting in Community Forests and Corporate Concessions: Two Contrasting Case Studies in BoliviaDamián I. Rumiz and Daniel Guinart S. and Luciano Solar R. and José C. Herrera F.
The Effects of Logging on Tropical River EcosystemsCatherine M. Pringle and Jonathan P. Benstead
Soil Fauna in Managed Forests: Lessons from the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto RicoGerardo R. Camilo and Xiaoming Zou
The Impacts of Selective Logging on Tropical Forest InvertebratesJaboury Ghazoul and Jane Hill
The Effects of Logging on Reptiles and Amphibians of Tropical ForestsLaurie J. Vitt and Janalee P. Caldwell
Bird Communities in Logged and Unlogged African Forests: Lessons from Uganda and BeyondAndrew Plumptre and Christine Dranzoa and Isaiah Owiunji
The Effects of Logging on Birds in Tropical Forests of Indo-AustraliaMohamed Zakaria Bin Hussin and Charles M. Francis
Tropical Forestry and the Conservation of Neotropical BirdsDouglas J. Mason and Jean-Marc Thiollay
The Consequences of Timber Exploitation for Bat Communities in Tropical AmericaPascual J. Soriano and José Ochoa G.
The Effects of Logging on Nonvolant Small Mammal Communities in Neotropical Rain ForestsJosé Ochoa G. and Pascual J. Soriano
The Effects of Logging on Tropical Forest UngulatesGlyn Davies and Matt Heydon and Nigel Leader-Williams and John MacKinnon and Helen Newin
Changes in Primate Communities Following Logging DisturbanceAndrew J. Plumptre and Andrew Grieser Johns
Logging, Seed Dispersal by Vertebrates, and Natural Regeneration of Tropical Timber TreesPatrick A. Jansen and Pieter A. Zuidema
Tropical Forest Management and Wildlife: Silvicultural Effects on Forest Structure, Fruit Production, and Locomotion of Arboreal MammalsFrancis E. Putz and Laura K. Sirot and Michelle A. Pinard
Logging-Wildlife Issues in the Tropics: An OverviewRobert A. Fimbel and Alejandro Grajal and John G. Robinson