Sustainable Forestry: Philosophy, Science and Economics

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Realizing that society, economics and science are today challenged to devise a new theoretical framework for forestry Sustainable Forestry presents a unique vision of forestry for the next century.
In this important new book Chris Maser covers the ecological characteristics of forests; asking - what makes up a forest? He discusses the science and technology of forestry and the uncertainties we face in our attempts to manage forests throughout ...
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Overview

Realizing that society, economics and science are today challenged to devise a new theoretical framework for forestry Sustainable Forestry presents a unique vision of forestry for the next century.
In this important new book Chris Maser covers the ecological characteristics of forests; asking - what makes up a forest? He discusses the science and technology of forestry and the uncertainties we face in our attempts to manage forests throughout the world.
Sustainable Forestry also deals with current management problems within the forestry profession, beginning with university training and ending with dysfunction in land management agencies. Proposals for change are given, covering in detail what that means, how it's effected and how it's perceived. Important topics such as forest planning, establishing an environmental vision and resolving conflicts are also discussed.
Maser concludes with the possibilities for sustainable forestry into the twenty-first century, specifically discussing adaptive ecosystem management.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Author
Acknowledgments
Pt. I What is a Forest? 1
1 Can the Notion of a Forest Be Contained in a Definition? 3
Pt. II As We Think, So We Manage 75
2 Forestry Past, Present, and Future 77
3 The Cycle of an Agency 91
4 Conflict Is A Choice 113
5 Change: The Universal Constant 121
Pt. III Planning: The Bridge from Conflict to Vision 133
6 Vision: The Frontier Beyond Conflict 135
Pt. IV Fundamental Issues: The Silent Dilemma 151
7 Technology, Science, and Uncertainty 155
8 Short-Term Economic Expediency 165
9 Sustainable Forests = Sustainable Harvest 199
10 Why Old Growth? 205
11 Genetics, Adaptability, and Climate Change 213
12 A Forest Is a Living Organism, Not a Machine 227
13 Water: An Inescapable Necessity 249
14 Planning with Half-Used Data 265
Pt. V Sustainable Forestry 277
15 Where Are We Headed? 279
16 Sustainable Forestry Through Adaptive Ecosystem Management Is an Open-Ended Experiment 303
17 Today's Decisions, Tomorrow's Consequences 341
Appendix: Common and Scientific Names 349
Endnotes 353
References 359
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