Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century The Science of Ecosytem Management

ISBN-10: 1559633999

ISBN-13: 9781559633994

Edition: 1997

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Description: Over the past decade, a sea change has occurred in the field of forestry. A vastly increased understanding of how ecological systems function has transformed the science from one focused on simplifying systems, producing wood, and managing at the stand-level to one concerned with understanding and managing complexity, providing a wide range of ecological goods and services, and managing across broad landscapes.Creating a Forestry for the 21st Centuryis an authoritative and multidisciplinary examination of the current state of forestry and its relation to the emergent field of ecosystem management. Drawing upon the expertise of top professionals in the field, it provides an up-to-date synthesis of principles of ecosystem management and their implications for forest policy. Leading scientists, including Malcolm Hunter, Jr., Bruce G. Marcot, James K. Agee, Thomas R. Crow, Robert J. Naiman, John C. Gordon, R.W. Behan, Steven L. Yaffee, and many others examine topics that are central to the future of forestry: new understandings of ecological processes and principles, from stand structure and function to disturbance processes and the movement of organisms across landscapes challenges to long-held assumptions: the rationale for clearcutting, the wisdom of short rotations, the exclusion of fire traditional tools in light of expanded goals for forest landscapes managing at larger spatial scales, including practical information and ideas for managing large landscapes over long time periods the economic, organizational, and political issues that are critical to implementing successful ecosystem management and developing institutions to transform knowledge into action Featuring a 16-page center section with color photographs that illustrate some of the best on-the-ground examples of ecosystem management from around the world, Creating a Forestry for the 21st Centuryis the definitive text on managing ecosystems. It provides a compelling case for thinking creatively beyond the bounds of traditional forest resource management, and will be essential reading for students; scientists working in state, federal, and private research institutions; public and private forest managers; staff members of environmental/conservation organizations; and policymakers.

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List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 1/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction
Forest Stand Structure, Composition, and Function
Disturbance, Recovery, and Stability
The Biological Landscape
Riparian Management in the 21st Century
Biodiversity of Old Forests of the West: A Lesson from Our Elders
Alternative Silvicultural Approaches to Timber Harvesting: Variable Retention Harvest Systems
Shaping Stand Development Through Silvicultural Practices
Silvicultural Systems and Regeneration Methods: Current Practices and New Alternatives
The Role of Extended Rotations
Integrating the Ecological Roles of Phytophagous Insects, Plant Pathogens, and Mycorrhizae in Managed Forests
Fire Management for the 21st Century
Forest Genetics for Ecosystem Management
Ecosystem Management: Managing Natural Resources in Time and Space
The Physical Environmental as a Basis for Managing Ecosystems
Approaches to Management at the Watershed Scale
Landscape Analysis and Design
Implementing Spatial Planning in Watersheds
The Context for Forest Economics in the 21st Century
Changes in Wood Products Manufacturing
Special Forest Products: Integrating Social, Economic, and Biological Considerations into Ecosystem Management
The Public Interest in Private Forests: Developing Regulations and Incentives
Organizational and Legal Challenges for Ecosystem Management
Building Bridges Across Agency Boundaries
Science-Based Assessments of the Forests of the Pacific Northwest
Scarcity, Simplicity, Separatism, Science - and Systems
Making Decisions in a Complex and Dynamic World
Open Institutions: Uncertainty and Ambiguity in 21st-Century Forestry
The Emerging Role of Science and Scientists in Ecosystem Management
Index
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