Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century: The Science Of Ecosytem Management

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Kathryn A. Kohm, Jerry F. Franklin
Island Press, 1997 - Science - 491 pages
Over the past decade, a sea change has occurred in the field of forestry. A vastly increased understanding of how ecological systems function has transformed the science from one focused on simplifying systems, producing wood, and managing at the stand-level to one concerned with understanding and managing complexity, providing a wide range of ecological goods and services, and managing across broad landscapes.Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century is an authoritative and multidisciplinary examination of the current state of forestry and its relation to the emergent field of ecosystem management. Drawing upon the expertise of top professionals in the field, it provides an up-to-date synthesis of principles of ecosystem management and their implications for forest policy. Leading scientists, including Malcolm Hunter, Jr., Bruce G. Marcot, James K. Agee, Thomas R. Crow, Robert J. Naiman, John C. Gordon, R.W. Behan, Steven L. Yaffee, and many others examine topics that are central to the future of forestry: new understandings of ecological processes and principles, from stand structure and function to disturbance processes and the movement of organisms across landscapes challenges to long-held assumptions: the rationale for clearcutting, the wisdom of short rotations, the exclusion of fire traditional tools in light of expanded goals for forest landscapes managing at larger spatial scales, including practical information and ideas for managing large landscapes over long time periods the economic, organizational, and political issues that are critical to implementing successful ecosystem management and developing institutions to transform knowledge into action Featuring a 16-page center section with color photographs that illustrate some of the best on-the-ground examples of ecosystem management from around the world, Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century is the definitive text on managing ecosystems. It provides a compelling case for thinking creatively beyond the bounds of traditional forest resource management, and will be essential reading for students; scientists working in state, federal, and private research institutions; public and private forest managers; staff members of environmental/conservation organizations; and policymakers.
 

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A great book that presents important ideas which should be taken into account while shaping new forest management. I would suggest reading it together with a book called "Old-growth in a new world" coupled with scientific articles of J.Franklin and T.Spies.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ecological Processes and Principles
7
Forest Stand Structure Composition and Function
11
Disturbance Recovery and Stability
31
The Biological Landscape
57
Riparian Management in the 21st Century
69
Biodiversity of Old Forests of the West A Lesson from Our Elders
87
Silvicultural Systems and Management Concerns
107
Approaches to Management at the Watershed Scale
239
Landscape Analysis and Design
255
Implementing Spatial Planning in Watersheds
271
Forest Economics Products and Policies
281
The Context for Forest Economics in the 21st Century
285
Changes in Wood Products Manufacturing
303
Special Forest Products Integrating Social Economic and Biological Considerations into Ecosystem Management
315
The Public Interest in Private Forests Developing Regulations and Incentives
337

Altemative Silvicultural Approaches to Timber Harvesting Variable Retention Harvest Systems
111
Shaping Stand Development Through Silvicultural Practices
141
Silvicultural Systems and Regeneration Methods Current Practices and New Alternatives
151
The Role of Extended Rotations
165
Integrating the Ecological Roles of Phytophagous Insects Plant Pathogens and Mycorrhizae in Managed Forests
171
Fire Management for the 21st Century
191
Forest Genetics for Ecosystem Management
203
Approaches to Management at Larger Spatial Scales
213
Ecosystem Management Managing Natural Resources in Time and Space
215
The Physical Environment as a Basis for Managing Ecosystems
229
Institutions in Transition
357
Organizational and Legal Challenges for Ecosystem Management
361
Building Bridges Across Agency Boundaries
381
ScienceBased Assessments of the Forests of the Pacific Northwest
397
Scarcity Simplicity Separatism Scienceand Systems
411
Making Decisions in a Complex and Dynamic World
419
Open Institutions Uncertainty and Ambiguity in 21stCentury Forestry
437
The Emerging Role of Science and Scientists in Ecosystem Management
447
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