Positive Impact Forestry A Sustainable Approach to Managing Woodlands

ISBN-10: 1559637897
ISBN-13: 9781559637893
Edition: 2nd 2004
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Description: Positive Impact Forestry is a primer for private woodland owners and their managers on managing their land and forests to protect both ecological and economic vitality. Moving beyond the concept of "low impact forestry," Thom McEvoy brings together  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 5/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Positive Impact Forestry is a primer for private woodland owners and their managers on managing their land and forests to protect both ecological and economic vitality. Moving beyond the concept of "low impact forestry," Thom McEvoy brings together the latest scientific understanding and insights to describe an approach to managing forests that meets the needs of landowners while at the same time maintaining the integrity of forest ecosystems. "Positive impact forestry" emphasizes forestry's potential to achieve sustainable benefits both now and into the future, with long-term investment superseding short-term gain, and the needs of families -- especially future generations -- exceeding those of individuals. Thom McEvoy offers a thorough discussion of silvicultural basics, synthesizing and explaining the current state of forestry science on topics such as forest soils, tree roots, form and function in trees, and the effects of different harvesting methods on trees, soil organisms, and sites. He also offers invaluable advice on financial, legal, and management issues, ranging from finding the right forestry professionals to managing for products other than timber to passing forest lands and management legacies on to future generations. Positive Impact Forestry helps readers understand the impacts of deliberate human activities on forests and offers viable strategies that provide benefits without damaging ecosystems. It speaks directly to private forest owners and their advisers and represents an innovative guide for anyone concerned with protecting forest ecosystems, timber production, land management, and the long-term health of forests. Named the "Best Forestry Book for 2004" by the National Woodlands Owners Association

In 1988, after serving fourteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives,James M. Jeffordswas elected to the U.S. Senate. Currently serving his third term, he is Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, in Shrewsbury, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Foreword
Preface
Forestry's Past Is Prologue
Evolution of Forest Use and Management
What Is Positive Impact Forestry?
Evolution of Forest Conservation and Stewardship
Defining Sustainability
An Ecosystem Approach to Managing Forests
Understanding Forest Ecosystems
Species Succession and Tolerance
Form and Function in Trees
Stress and Disturbance in Forests
The Hidden Forest of Soils
The Importance of Avoiding Injury to Roots
Practical Application of Forest Site Concepts
Creating Disturbances in Forests through Silviculture
The Impact of Stocking on Growth
Forest Reproduction Methods
Trading Timber Volume for Value
Evaluating Timber Investments
Focusing on Value in Crop Trees
Common Silvicultural Misconceptions
Harvesting and Selling Timber
The Realm of Forestry Professionals
The Nature of Stumpage
Knowing When to Harvest
Negotiating a Timber Sale
Essential Elements of a Timber Sale Contract
Trading Timber for Services
Ecosystems and Ethics
Positive Impact Harvesting Practices
Low-Impact Logging
Designing Access That Protects Soils and Streams
Safe and Productive Tree-Felling Techniques
Alternative Timber Harvesting and Extraction Systems
Managing Forests for Wildlife and Nontimber Products
Good Wildlife Management Is Good Forestry
Nontimber Forest Products
The Threat of Invasive Exotic Species
The Future of Forests and Forest Products
Forest Regulation
Climate-Induced Changes in Forests
Green Certification of Forest Practices and Products
Forest Prologue
Parcelization of Forests and Fragmentation of Purpose
Intergenerational Planning Methods for Forests
Estate Planning for Forests
Keeping Forests in the Family
Conservation Easements and Land Trusts

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