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.

Key Features

  • 300 original illustrations including line art, graphs, tables and maps
  • Syllabus-planning assistance for adopting professors so that they can add the content to their course materials via the companion website's question-and-answer material for each chapter
  • Contributors are experienced textbook authors with diverse professional backgrounds in forestry


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

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. A Brief History of Forestry and Natural Resource Management

1.1 What Is Forestry and Natural Resource Management?

1.2 What Are Forests?

1.3 Why Are Forests Important to Humans?

1.4 A Brief History of Human Interaction with Forests

1.5 Forests in the Current World Political and Environmental Context

1.6 Human Developmental Pressures on Forests



Chapter 2. Forest Regions of the World

2.1 North America

2.2 Central America

2.3 South America

2.4 Europe

2.5 Asia

2.6 Africa

2.7 Oceania



Chapter 3. Forest Landowner Goals, Objectives, and Constraints

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Objectives of Forest Landowners

3.3 Constraints of Forest Landowners



Chapter 4. Forest Products

4.1 Commodities

4.2 Nontimber Forest Products



Chapter 5. Wildlife Habitat Relationships

5.1 What Is Wildlife?

5.2 What Is Wildlife Habitat?

5.3 Characterization of Habitat Types

5.4 Succession and Stand Conditions

5.5 Edge Versus Interior Habitats

5.6 Riparian Zones and Wildlife Corridors

5.7 Direct and Indirect Management of Habitat

5.8 Habitat Models

5.9 Threats to Wildlife Habitat



Chapter 6. Ecosystem Services

6.1 What Is an Ecosystem?

6.2 What Are Ecosystem Services?

6.3 Types of Ecosystem Services

6.4 Trade-Offs When Managing for Different Forest Ecosystem Services



Chapter 7. Forest Recreation

7.1 What Is Recreation?

7.2 What Is Forest Recreation?

7.3 A Brief History of Forest Recreation in the United States

7.4 Where Are the Fore


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About the authors

Donald Grebner

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, USA

Pete Bettinger

Pete Bettinger is a professor of forestry at the University of Georgia. He teaches forest planning, forest measurements, and aerial photogrammetry; and conducts research in applied forest management with particular emphasis on harvest scheduling, precision forestry, and geospatial technologies. Dr. Bettinger has worked with the forest industry in the southern and western United States, and maintains this connection to forestry professionals through his leadership in the Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference and other continuing education courses he offers. Dr. Bettinger is also a co-author of two other books published by Academic Press, Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources, and Forest Plans of North America.

Affiliations and Expertise

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Jacek Siry

Affiliations and Expertise

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


"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