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The Forests Handbook, Volume 2: Applying Forest Science for Sustainable Management



The Forests Handbook, Volume 2: Applying Forest Science for Sustainable Management

Julian Evans (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-632-04823-6 March 2001 Wiley-Blackwell 816 Pages


The future of the world's forests is at the forefront of environmental debate. Rising concerns over the effects of deforestation and climate change are highlighting the need both to conserve and manage existing forests and woodland through sustainable forestry practices. The Forests Handbook, written by an international team of both scientists and practitioners, presents an integrated approach to forests and forestry, applying our present understanding of forest science to management practices, as a basis for achieving sustainability.

Volume One presents an overview of the world's forests; their locations and what they are like, the science of how they operate as complex ecosystems and how they interact with their environment. Volume Two applies this science to reality; it focuses on forestry interventions and their impact, the principles governing how to protect forests and on how we can better harness the enormous benefits forests offer. Case studies are drawn from several different countries and are used to illustrate the key points.

Development specialists, forest managers and those involved with land and land-use will find this handbook a valuable and comprehensive overview of forest science and forestry practice. Researchers and students of forestry, biology, ecology and geography will find it equally accessible and useful.

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List of contributors.

Preface to Volume 1.

Preface to Volume 2.


1. History and Impact of Forest Management.

Part 1: Sustaining Forest Influences.

2. Forest Reserves, Parks and Wilderness: An Australian Perspective.

3. Forests as Protection from Natural Hazards.

4. Interventions to enhance the conservation of biodiversity.

Part 2: Sustainable Wood Production.

5. assessing Potential Sustainable Wood Yield.

6. Silvicultural Treatments to Enhance Productivity.

7. Sustainable Management of Soil and Site.

8. Management of Pest Threats.

9. Management of the Disease Burden.

Part 3. Sustaining Social Values and Benefits.

10. Working with Forest Stakeholders.

11. The New Forest Policy and Joint Forest Management in India.

12. Trees in the Urban Environment.

Part 4: Case Studies of Sustainable Management.

13. The Structure, Functioning and Management of Old Growth Cedar/Hemlock/Fir Forests on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

14. The Beech Forests of Haute-Normandie, France.

15. Restructuring of Plantation Forest, Kielder, UK.

16. Sustainable Management of the Mountain Ash Forests in the Central Highlands, Victoria, Australia.

17. Sustainable Management of Malaysian Rain Forest.

18. Sustainable Plantation Forestry: A Case Study of Wood Production and Environmental Management Strategies in the Usutu Forest, Swaziland.

Synthesis and Conclusions.


  • provides a unique compilation of an overview of much of modern forest science and its application to sustainable forestry management
  • written by an international team of expert scientists and practitioner
  • draws on examples and cites practices and experience from a great many countries