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Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123869012, 9780123869029

Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources

1st Edition

Authors: Donald Grebner Pete Bettinger Jacek Siry
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123869012
eBook ISBN: 9780123869029
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 31st December 2012
Page Count: 508
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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 Forest Recreational Opportunities?

7.5 Factors That Affect Participation in Forest Recreation

7.6 Recreational Planning and Development



Chapter 8. Forest Measurements and Forestry-Related Data

8.1 Measuring Trees and the Forest

8.2 Measuring Other Resources

8.3 Geographic Information Systems

8.4 Global Satellite–Based Positioning and Navigation Systems

8.5 Aerial Photographs and Digital Orthophotographs

8.6 Other Remotely Sensed Imagery

8.7 Laser and LiDAR Technology



Chapter 9. Tree Anatomy and Physiology

9.1 Tree Anatomy

9.2 Transpiration and Sap Flow in a Tree

9.3 Photosynthesis

9.4 Tree Respiration

9.5 Tree Growth

9.6 Tree Rooting

9.7 Tree Regeneration

9.8 Tree Tolerance to Shade

9.9 Tree Nutrition

9.10 Tree Responses to Signals



Chapter 10. Forest Dynamics

10.1 Forest Communities

10.2 Interaction, Competition, and Strategy Among Tree Species

10.3 Gradients and Niches

10.4 Forest Succession

10.5 Stand Dynamics Following Major Disturbance

10.6 Gap Dynamics



Chapter 11. Common Forestry Practices

11.1 Site Preparation

11.2 Forest Regeneration

11.3 Early Tending

11.4 Precommercial Thinning

11.5 Pruning

11.6 Commercial Thinning

11.7 Fertilization

11.8 Final Harvest

11.9 Group Selection Harvests

11.10 Seed Tree Harvests

11.11 Shelterwood Harvests

11.12 Uneven-Aged Partial Selection Harvests

11.13 Partial Selective Harvests

11.14 Salvage or Sanitation Harvests

11.15 Prescribed Burning

11.16 Forest Fuel Reduction Treatments

11.17 Understory Cleaning

11.18 Biomass Harvesting

11.19 Agroforestry



Chapter 12. Forest Harvesting Systems

12.1 Tree Felling and Processing in the Woods

12.2 Primary Transportation

12.3 Tree Processing at a Landing

12.4 Secondary Transportation

12.5 Forest Roads

12.6 Safety

12.7 Harvesting Other Products



Chapter 13. Forest and Natural Resource Economics

13.1 Introduction

13.2 Why Forest and Natural Resource Economics?

13.3 Markets, Efficiency, and Government

13.4 The Time Value of Money

13.5 Forest and Natural Resource Investment Evaluation Criteria

13.6 Economics of a Forest Rotation

13.7 Nonmarket Forest Products



Chapter 14. Forest Disturbances and Health

14.1 What Are Forest Disturbances?

14.2 Disturbances Created by Wind

14.3 Disturbances Created by Fire

14.4 Disturbances Created by Volcanic Eruptions

14.5 Disturbances Created by Ice and Snow

14.6 Disturbances Created by Floods

14.7 Disturbances Created by Diseases

14.8 Disturbances Created by Insects

14.9 Disturbances Created by Humans



Chapter 15. Forest Policies and External Pressures

15.1 What is a Forest Policy?

15.2 International Forest Policies

15.3 National, State, and Provincial Policies

15.4 Organizational and Individual Policies

15.5 Forest Certification Programs

15.6 Trade Issues

15.7 Forest Carbon Sequestration and Markets

15.8 Renewable Energy and Forest Resources



Chapter 16. Urban Forestry

16.1 What Is Urban Forestry?

16.2 A Brief History of Urban Forestry

16.3 The Benefits of Urban Forestry

16.4 The Environment of Urban Forestry

16.5 The Management of Urban Forests



Chapter 17. Ethics

17.1 Introduction

17.2 Philosophical Approaches to Land or Conservation Ethics

17.3 Ethical Conduct from a Business Perspective

17.4 Example Codes of Ethics in Natural Resource Management



Chapter 18. Forestry and Natural Resource Management Careers

18.1 Forestry and Natural Resource Management Careers



Appendix A

Appendix B




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About the Authors

Donald Grebner

Dr. Donald L. Grebner is a professor in the Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University. His areas of research specialization include forest management and economics, bioenergy, carbon sequestration, and forest protection. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, both traditional and distance, in forest resource management, advanced forest management, and international forest resources and trade. Prior to his time at Mississippi State, he worked as an extension forester with the U.S. Peace Corps in Costa Rica and was a research analyst for Winrock International. He is very active in the Society of American Foresters as well as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Unit 4.02.00 Accounting and Managerial Economics Working Group. Dr. Grebner is a co-author of three textbooks entitled Forest Management and Planning, Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources, and Forest Plans of North America.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, USA

Pete Bettinger

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

Jacek Siry is a professor of forest economics at the University of Georgia. He teaches forest economics, economics of renewable resources, and international forest business, and conducts research in applied forest economics with emphasis on timber markets, investments and finance, and forest management. Dr. Siry 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


"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

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