Plantation Silviculture in Europe

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As pressures to preserve natural forest resources have increased, plantation forestry and its study have gained in importance. Plantation Silviculture in Europe is an up-to-date, timely, and comprehensive exploration of the principles that underlie the planting and maintaining of forest resources. Based on the excellent reception of Savill and Evans' Plantation Silviculture in Temperate Regions (OUP, 1986), which was largely UK-based, the inclusion of two European authors ensures that the scope of this new book ...
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Overview


As pressures to preserve natural forest resources have increased, plantation forestry and its study have gained in importance. Plantation Silviculture in Europe is an up-to-date, timely, and comprehensive exploration of the principles that underlie the planting and maintaining of forest resources. Based on the excellent reception of Savill and Evans' Plantation Silviculture in Temperate Regions (OUP, 1986), which was largely UK-based, the inclusion of two European authors ensures that the scope of this new book extends across the entire continent. Plantation Silviculture in Europe provides a thorough overview of the central aspects of conventional plantation forestry, covering site preparation, choice of species, establishment and maintenance, nutrition, spacing, thinning and pruning, and protection. In addition, it acknowledges the changing emphasis and increasing diversity of contemporary forestry, and includes chapters on community woodlands, urban forests, plantings for amenity and sport, and energy crops. Throughout, an attempt is made to setpractices in the context of the ecological and biological forest processes which underpin them. Plantation Silviculture also incorporates discussion of the many environmental, social and policy issues that surround forestry today. Concise and clearly written, this will be essential reading for graduate and undergraduate forestry students and forestry professionals alike. Likely to become the standard text throughout Europe, it also contains much material of relevance to foresters in North America, East Asia, and Australasia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198549086
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Peter Savill, Lecturer in Silviculture, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB, UK Professor Julian Evans, Chief Research Officer, British Forestry Commission, 33 Cranford Drive, Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire GU34 4HJ, UK Professor Daniel Auclair, Directeur de Recherche, INRA, BP 5035, 34032 Montpellier, Cedex 1, France Dr. Jan Falck, Lecturer in Silviculture, Department of Silviculture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 90183 Umea, Sweden

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction - the role of plantations 3
2 Production and long-term productivity in plantations 17
3 Economic, environmental, social, and policy issues in tree planting 33
4 The layout and design of plantation forests 45
5 Site preparation 59
6 Choice of species 77
7 Plantation establishment and restocking 95
8 Weed control and cleaning 111
9 Nutrition and fertilizers 121
10 Spacing, thinning, pruning, and rotation length 139
11 Protecting plantations from damage by wildlife, pests, and pathogens 163
12 Protection from wind 177
13 Fire 191
14 Plantations on disturbed land 205
15 Short-rotation crops 219
16 Plantations for special purposes 229
References 245
Index 283
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