Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources


  • Donald Grebner, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, USA
  • Pete Bettinger, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
  • Jacek Siry, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources presents a broad overview of the profession of forestry. The book details several key fields within forestry, including forest health, economics, policy, utilization, and forestry careers. Chapters deal specifically with forest products and harvesting, recreation, wildlife habitats, tree anatomy and physiology, and ethics. These topics are ideal for undergraduate introductory courses and include numerous examples (mainly graphical) and questions for students to ponder.

Unlike other introductory forestry texts, which focus largely on forest ecology rather than practical forestry concepts, Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources encompasses economic, ecological, and social aspects providing a uniquely balanced text. The wide range of experience of the contributing authors equips them especially well to identify missing content from other texts in the area and address topics currently covered in corresponding college courses.

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Undergraduate students majoring in forestry, natural resource management, wildlife, recreation, and environmental science, and instructors in these disciplines


Book information

  • Published: February 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-386901-2


"Forestry scholars Grebner, Bettinger, and Siry present an introductory textbook for freshman college students that can also be read by anyone interested in learning about forestry and natural resources."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

Table of Contents

1. A Brief History of Forestry and Natural Resource Management 

2. Forest Regions of the World 

3. Forest Objectives, Goals, and Constraints 

4. Forest Products 

5. Wildlife Habitat Relationships 

6. Ecosystems Services 

7. Forest Recreation 

8. Forest Measurements and Forestry Related Data 

9. Tree anatomy and physiology 

10. Forest Dynamics 

11. Common Forestry Practices 

12. Forest Harvesting Systems 

13. Forest Economics 

14. Forest Disturbances and Health 

15. Forest Policies and External Pressures 

16. Urban Forestry 

17. Ethics 

18. Careers 

Appendix A: Species Names 

Appendix B: Glossary 

Appendix C: Forestry Organizations