Sustaining Young Forest Communities [book]

Cathryn Greenberg, Beverly Collins, Frank Thompson III
2011 Managing Forest Ecosystems  
Aims & Scope: Well-managed forests and woodlands are a renewable resource, producing essential raw material with minimum waste and energy use. Rich in habitat and species diversity, forests may contribute to increased ecosystem stability. They can absorb the effects of unwanted deposition and other disturbances and protect neighbouring ecosystems by maintaining stable nutrient and energy cycles and by preventing soil degradation and erosion. They provide much-needed recreation and their
more » ... d existence contributes to stabilizing rural communities. Forests are managed for timber production and species, habitat and process conservation. A subtle shift from multiple-use management to ecosystems management is being observed and the new ecological perspective of multi-functional forest management is based on the principles of ecosystem diversity, stability and elasticity, and the dynamic equilibrium of primary and secondary production. Making full use of new technology is one of the challenges facing forest management today. Resource information must be obtained with a limited budget. This requires better timing of resource assessment activities and improved use of multiple data sources. Sound ecosystems management, like any other management activity, relies on effective forecasting and operational control. The aim of the book series Managing Forest Ecosystems is to present state-of-the-art research results relating to the practice of forest management. Contributions are solicited from prominent authors. Each reference book, monograph or proceedings volume will be focused to deal with a specific context. Typical issues of the series are: resource assessment techniques, evaluating sustainability for even-aged and uneven-aged forests, multi-objective management, predicting forest development, optimizing forest management, biodiversity management and monitoring, risk assessment and economic analysis. No part of this work may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, microfilming, recording or otherwise, without written permission from the Publisher, with the exception of any material supplied specifically for the purpose of being entered and executed on a computer system, for exclusive use by the purchaser of the work. Typical scene in the State of Durango where forests are managed by communities known as Ejidos: management is by selective tree removal, clear-felling is not allowed. Animals (ganado) are part of the multiple use system practiced there. (Photo by K. v. Gadow, autumn 2009) Cover design: deblik Printed on acid-free paper Springer is part of Springer Science+Business Media (www.springer.com) Preface vi Preface climate change. We attempted to provide a balanced view of past, current, and future scenarios on the extent and quality of early successional habitats within the Central Hardwood Region, and implications for ecosystem services and disturbancedependant plants and animals. We sincerely thank all those who encouraged and aided in the development of this book. Each chapter was peer reviewed by at least two outside experts and all co-editors, and we thank these colleagues for their useful suggestions:
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