Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century: The Science of Ecosytem Management / Edition 1

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<p>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.<p>Creating a Forestry for the Twenty-first Century is 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: <ul> <li>new understandings of ecological processes and principles, from stand structure and function to disturbance processes and the movement of organisms across landscapes <li>challenges to long-held assumptions: the rationale for clearcutting, the wisdom of short rotations, the exclusion of fire <li>traditional tools in light of expanded goals for forest landscapes <li>managing at larger spatial scales, including practical information and ideas for managing large landscapes over long time periods <li>the economic, organizational, and political issues that are critical to implementing successful ecosystem management and developing institutions to transform knowledge into action </ul> 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 theTwenty-first Century is 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559633994
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 491
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Forest Stand Structure, Composition, and Function 11
3 Disturbance, Recovery, and Stability 31
4 The Biological Landscape 57
5 Riparian Management in the 21st Century 69
6 Biodiversity of Old Forests of the West: A Lesson from Our Elders 87
7 Alternative Silvicultural Approaches to Timber Harvesting: Variable Retention Harvest Systems 111
8 Shaping Stand Development Through Silvicultural Practices 141
9 Silvicultural Systems and Regeneration Methods: Current Practices and New Alternatives 151
10 The Role of Extended Rotations 165
11 Integrating the Ecological Roles of Phytophagous Insects, Plant Pathogens, and Mycorrhizae in Managed Forests 171
12 Fire Management for the 21st Century 191
13 Forest Genetics for Ecosystem Management 203
14 Ecosystem Management: Managing Natural Resources in Time and Space 215
15 The Physical Environmental as a Basis for Managing Ecosystems 229
16 Approaches to Management at the Watershed Scale 239
17 Landscape Analysis and Design 255
18 Implementing Spatial Planning in Watersheds 271
19 The Context for Forest Economics in the 21st Century 285
20 Changes in Wood Products Manufacturing 303
21 Special Forest Products: Integrating Social, Economic, and Biological Considerations into Ecosystem Management 315
22 The Public Interest in Private Forests: Developing Regulations and Incentives 337
23 Organizational and Legal Challenges for Ecosystem Management 361
24 Building Bridges Across Agency Boundaries 381
25 Science-Based Assessments of the Forests of the Pacific Northwest 397
26 Scarcity, Simplicity, Separatism, Science - and Systems 411
27 Making Decisions in a Complex and Dynamic World 419
28 Open Institutions: Uncertainty and Ambiguity in 21st-Century Forestry 437
29 The Emerging Role of Science and Scientists in Ecosystem Management 447
Index 455
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