Ecoforestry: The Art and Science of Sustainable Forest Use

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North American forestry practices until now have been based on an industrial model now widely perceived to be unsustainable and obsolete. Ecoforestry: The Art and Science of Sustainable Forest Use focuses on the new paradigm - the philosophy, goals, policies, and practices of ecologically and economically sustainable forest use. Encyclopedic in scope, the topics covered in Ecoforestry include ecoforestry principles and practices; forest ecosystem components and restoration; ethnobotany; fire and ecosystem ...
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Overview

North American forestry practices until now have been based on an industrial model now widely perceived to be unsustainable and obsolete. Ecoforestry: The Art and Science of Sustainable Forest Use focuses on the new paradigm - the philosophy, goals, policies, and practices of ecologically and economically sustainable forest use. Encyclopedic in scope, the topics covered in Ecoforestry include ecoforestry principles and practices; forest ecosystem components and restoration; ethnobotany; fire and ecosystem management; community forestry; wood and forest products certification; the deep ecology movement; and current ecoforestry practitioners and techniques. Accessible to a wide audience ranging from foresters and loggers to environmentalists, restorationists, planners, policy analysts, students and ordinary citizens.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865713659
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Drengson is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Victoria, founder of two journals, The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy and Ecoforestry. He was one of the founders of the Environmental Studies program at UVic and one of the founders of the Ecoforestry Institute. He has published numerous articles and books. Duncan Taylor as Assistant Professor was the first full time faculty appointment in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He is the founder of Earth Day Canada and author of numerous books and articles. Both authors are co-editors of Ecoforestry: The Art and Science of Sustainable Forest Use (New Society Publishers)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1
About the Authors 4
Foreword 9
Preface 14
Introduction: An Overview of Ecoforestry 17
1 Critical Elements of Forest Sustainability 35
2 Forest Practices Related to Forest Ecosystem Productivity 42
3 The Battle For Sustainability 57
4 Why is Ecologically Responsible Forest Use Necessary? 63
5 Ecologically Responsible Restoration and Ecoforestry 68
6 Monitoring For Ecosystem Management 77
7 The Function of Snags 80
8 Forest Managers Focus on Fungi as Part of the Big Picture 83
9 The Ecological Role of Coarse Woody Debris 89
10 Water and Connectivity 102
11 Driftwood and How Forestry Affects the Ocean 106
12 Fire in Our Future 109
13 The Worth of a Birch 123
14 The Effect of Nature-Oriented Forestry on Forest Genetics 129
15 A New Vision For Forest Ecosystems: An Interview with Herb Hammond 137
16 Working Models of Ecoforestry: From Theory to Practice 141
17 Respecting the Forest 145
18 Sustainable Forestry at the Crossroads: Hard Lessons For the World 147
19 A Forest For Scotland 159
20 The Bradley Method of Bush Regeneration 167
21 Special Forest Products: Past, Present and Future 171
22 "The Earth's Blanket": Traditional Aboriginal Attitudes Towards Nature 179
23 The Fire Practices of Aboriginal North Americans 182
24 Man of the Woods 187
25 What's Behind a Certified Label 193
26 What Is Certification? 196
27 The Pacific Certification Council 200
28 Standards For Ecologically Responsible Forest Use 204
29 The Bioregional Basis For Certification: Why Cascadia? 211
30 Certifying Ecologically Responsible Forest Use and Restoration: Future Direction For the Ecoforestry Movement 215
31 An Ecoforestry Land Stewardship Trust Model 221
32 The Economics of Ecoforestry 232
33 A Model For Community Economic Systems Based on Ecoforestry 239
34 The Movement to Ecologically Sustainable Forestry 245
35 Culture and Environment 248
36 Forest Reflections 254
37 The Heart of the Forest 258
38 Nature as a Reflection of Self and Society 261
39 Beyond Empire Resourcism to Ecoforestry 267
Epilogue: The Ecoforester's Way: An Oath of Ecological Responsibility 274
Afterword 276
Notes and References 278
Select Bibliography 288
Contacts 292
Glossary 296
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    Definitive guide to sustainable forest use

    Drengson and Taylor have done a masterful job of gathering together the leading thinkers and scientists on ecological forestry. This book is a must read for anyone interested in forests or makes their living from forests. The book will appeal to students, activists, academics, workers, manufacturers and anyone who has lived, worked or played in forests.

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