Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources

1st Edition

Authors: Donald Grebner Peter Bettinger Jacek Siry
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123869012
eBook ISBN: 9780123869029
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st February 2013
Page Count: 508
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Description

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

Readership

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

Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

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

Summary

References

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

Summary

References

Chapter 3. Forest Landowner Goals, Objectives, and Constraints

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Objectives of Forest Landowners

3.3 Constraints of Forest Landowners

Summary

References

Chapter 4. Forest Products

4.1 Commodities

4.2 Nontimber Forest Products

Summary

References

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

Summary

References

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

Summary

References

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

Details

No. of pages:
508
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780123869029
Hardcover ISBN:
9780123869012

About the Author

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

Peter 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

Reviews

"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