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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.
- 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
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
Chapter 3. Forest Landowner Goals, Objectives, and Constraints
3.2 Objectives of Forest Landowners
3.3 Constraints of Forest Landowners
Chapter 4. Forest Products
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
9.4 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
11.6 Commercial Thinning
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
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
12.7 Harvesting Other Products
Chapter 13. Forest and Natural Resource Economics
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
17.2 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
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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.
Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, USA
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.
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
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.
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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