Old Growth in a New World: A Pacific Northwest Icon Reexamined

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Old-growth forests represent a lofty ideal as much as an ecosystem—an icon of unspoiled nature, ecological stability, and pristine habitat. These iconic notions have actively altered the way society relates to old-growth forests, catalyzing major changes in policy and management. But how appropriate are those changes and how well do they really serve in reaching conservation goals?

Old Growth in a New World untangles the complexities of the old growth concept and the parallel complexity of old-growth policy and management. It brings together more than two dozen contributors—ecologists, economists, sociologists, managers, historians, silviculturists, environmentalists, timber producers, and philosophers—to offer a broad suite of perspectives on changes that have occurred in the valuing and management of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest over the past thirty years. The book

• introduces the issues and history of old-growth values and conservation in the Pacific Northwest;
• explores old growth through the ideas of leading ecologists and social scientists;
• addresses the implications for the future management of old-growth forests and considers how evolving science and social knowledge might be used to increase conservation effectiveness.

By confronting the complexity of the old-growth concept and associated policy and management challenges, Old Growth in a New World encourages productive discussion on the future of old growth in the Pacific Northwest and offers options for more effective approaches to conserving forest biodiversity.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice - D. L. Richter

"Readers will find this a very informative and enjoyable synthesis of the concepts that have evolved regarding Pacific Northwest old-growth forests."

-- D. L. Richter, Michigan Technological University

"Readers will find this a very informative and enjoyable synthesis of the concepts that have evolved regarding Pacific Northwest old-growth forests."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597264099
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas A. Spies is a forest ecologist and team leader in the Ecosystem Processes program at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, in Corvallis, Oregon. Sally L. Duncan is policy research director for the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

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Table of Contents

PART I. Introduction and History
Chapter 1. Searching for Old Growth \ Thomas A. Spies and Sally I. Duncan
Chapter 2.  Historical Context of Old-Growth Forests in the Pacific Northwest—Policy, Practices, and Competing Worldviews \ K. Norman Johnson and Frederick J. Swanson
PART II. Exploring Old Growth Through Ecological and Social Sciences
Chapter 3. Science of Old Growth, or a Journey into Wonderland \ Thomas A. Spies
Chapter 4. Old-Growth Forest as Wildlife Habitat \ Barry R. Noon
Chapter 5. Maintaining Biodiversity in Managed Forests \ Andrew B. Carey
Chapter 6. Fish and Old-Growth Forests \ Gordon H. Reeves and Peter A. Bisson
Chapter 7. Contribution of Old-Growth Timber to REgional Economies in the Pacific Northwest \ Richard W. Haynes
Chapter 8. Sacred Trees \ Robert G. Lee
Chapter 9. Old Growth and a New Nature: Ambivalence \ Jim Proctor
Chapter 10. Common Sense Versus Symbolism: The Case for Public Involvement in the Old-Growth Debate \ Brent S. Steel
PART III. Values, Conflicts, and a path Toward Resulution
Chapter 11. Starting the Fight and Finishing the Job \ Andy Kerr
Chapter 12. A Private-Lands and State-Lands Perspective \ Howard Sohn
Chapter 13. Getting from "No" to "Yes": A Conservationist's Perspective \ Rick Brown
Chapter 14. Old Growth: Failures of the Past and Hope for the Future \ Ross Mickey
Chapter 15. In the Shadow of the Cedars: Spiritual Values of Old-Growth Forests \ Kathleen Dean Moore
Chapter 16. Old Growth: Evolution of an Intractable Conflict \ Julia M. Wondolleck
PART IV. The Challenges of Change—New Worlds for Old Growth
Chapter 17. Increasing Difficulty of Active Management on National Forests—Problems and Solutions \ Jack Ward Thomas
Chapter 18. Is Adaptive Management Too Risky for Old-Growth Forests? \ George H. Stankey
Chapter 19. Nontimber Economic Values of Old-Growth Forests: What Are They, and How Do We Preserve Them? \ John Loomis
Chapter 20. Regional Conservation of Old-Growth Forests in a Changing World: A Global and Temporal Perspective \ Hal Salwasser
Chapter 21. Moving Science and Immovable Values: Clumsy Solutions for Old-Growth Forests \  Denise Lach
PART V. Managing an Icon
Chapter 22. Conserving Old-Growth Forests and Attributes: Reservation, Restoration, and Resilience \ Jerry F. Franklin
Chapter 23. Managing Young Stands to Develop Old-Growth Characteristics \ Jahn Tappeiner
Chapter 24. Managing Forest Landscapes and Sustaining Old Growth \ Chadwick Dearing Oliver
Chapter 25. Unexplored Potential of Northwest Forests \ Bettina von Hagen
PART VI. Synthesis
Chapter 26. Old Growth in a New World: A Synthesis \ Sally L. Duncan, Denise Lach, and Thomas A. Spies
Chapter 27. Conserving Old Growth in a New World \ Thomas A. Spies, Sally L. Duncan, K. Norman Johnson, Frederick J. Swanson, and Denise Lach

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