Positive Impact Forestry: A Sustainable Approach to Managing Woodlands / Edition 1

Positive Impact Forestry: A Sustainable Approach to Managing Woodlands / Edition 1

by Thomas J. McEvoy, James Jeffords
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Positive Impact Forestry: A Sustainable Approach to Managing Woodlands / Edition 1

Positive Impact Forestry is a primer for private woodland owners and their managers on managing their land and forests to protect both ecological and economic vitality. Moving beyond the concept of "low impact forestry," Thom McEvoy brings together the latest scientific understanding and insights to describe an approach to managing forests that meets the needs of landowners while at the same time maintaining the integrity of forest ecosystems. "Positive impact forestry" emphasizes forestry's potential to achieve sustainable benefits both now and into the future, with long-term investment superseding short-term gain, and the needs of families -- especially future generations -- exceeding those of individuals.

Thom McEvoy offers a thorough discussion of silvicultural basics, synthesizing and explaining the current state of forestry science on topics such as forest soils, tree roots, form and function in trees, and the effects of different harvesting methods on trees, soil organisms, and sites. He also offers invaluable advice on financial, legal, and management issues, ranging from finding the right forestry professionals to managing for products other than timber to passing forest lands and management legacies on to future generations.

Positive Impact Forestry helps readers understand the impacts of deliberate human activities on forests and offers viable strategies that provide benefits without damaging ecosystems. It speaks directly to private forest owners and their advisers and represents an innovative guide for anyone concerned with protecting forest ecosystems, timber production, land management, and the long-term health of forests.

Named the "Best ForestryBook for 2004" by the National Woodlands Owners Association

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559637893
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 05/03/2004
Edition description: 1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 534,254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


About Island Press,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
CHAPTER 1 - Forestry's Past Is Prologue,
CHAPTER 2 - Understanding Forest Ecosystems,
CHAPTER 3 - Creating Disturbances in Forests through Silviculture,
CHAPTER 4 - Harvesting and Selling Timber,
CHAPTER 5 - Positive Impact Harvesting Practices,
CHAPTER 6 - Managing Forests for Wildlife and Nontimber Products,
CHAPTER 7 - The Future of Forests and Forest Products,
CHAPTER 8 - Intergenerational Planning Methods for Forests,
APPENDIX A - Online Resources,
APPENDIX B - Forestry-Related Internet Sites of Interest,
APPENDIX C - Public Sources of Forestry Assistance,
Literature Cited,
Island Press Board of Directors,

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