Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources

Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources

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  • Authors: Donald Grebner, Pete Bettinger, Jacek Siry
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123869029

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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

  • Dedication


    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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 508
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: December 31, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123869029

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

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