America's Private Forests: Status and Stewardship

America's Private Forests: Status and Stewardship

by Constance Best, Laurie A. Wayburn
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559639008

ISBN-13: 9781559639002

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: Island Press

Nearly 430 million acres of forests in the United States are privately owned, but the viability, and indeed the very existence, of these forests is increasingly threatened by population growth, sprawling urbanization, and patchwork development. Scientists, policymakers, and community leaders have begun to recognize the vital role of private forests in providing

Overview

Nearly 430 million acres of forests in the United States are privately owned, but the viability, and indeed the very existence, of these forests is increasingly threatened by population growth, sprawling urbanization, and patchwork development. Scientists, policymakers, and community leaders have begun to recognize the vital role of private forests in providing society with essential goods and services, from sustainable timber supplies to clean water. Yet despite the tremendous economic and ecological importance of private forests, information about their status and strategies for their protection have been in short supply.

America's Private Forests addresses that shortcoming, presenting extensive data gathered from diverse sources and offering a concise overview of the current status of privately owned forests in the United States. As well as describing the state of private forests, the book sets forth detailed information on a wide range of approaches to conservation along with an action agenda for implementing those strategies likely to be most effective. The book:

  • identifies the major threats to private forests in the United States
  • considers barriers to conservation
  • outlines the available tools and programs for promoting conservation
  • presents a "road map" to guide collective efforts for the conservation of private forests and their native biodiversity

Based on extensive research of existing literature as well as interviews and consultation with leading forestry and conservation experts, America's Private Forests is a unique sourcebook that offers a solid basis for discussion of threats to private forests along with an invaluable compendium of potential solutions. It will serve as an invaluable reference for all those working to conserve and steward forest resources, including forest owners and their consultants, conservation organizations, and agency personnel, as well as researchers and students involved with issues of forestry, biodiversity, land use, and conservation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559639002
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

<p>Contents<br>List of Tables and Figures<br>Foreword<br>Preface<br>Acknowledgments<br>Summary<br>Introduction<br>Part One<br>An Overview of America's Private Forests<br>Chapter 1: Who Owns the Forest and Why?<br>Chapter 2: The Nature of America's Private Forests<br>Chapter 3: Threats to Private Forests and Barriers<br>to Their Conservation<br>Part Two<br>The Conservation Toolbox and How to Use It<br>Chapter 4: Public Programs and Policies for Private<br>Forests<br>Chapter 5: Cultural Tools: Communication, Education,<br>and Assistance<br>Chapter 6: Financial Mechanisms and Markets for<br>Conservation<br>Chapter 7: An Action Plan to Accelerate the Conservation<br>of Private Forests<br>Appendices<br>References<br>Index<br>About the Authors

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