Forests are valued not only for their economic potential, but also for the biodiversity they contain, the ecological services they provide, and the recreational, cultural, and spiritual opportunities they provide. The Ecological Forest Management Handbook provides a comprehensive summary of interrelated topics in the field, including management concepts, forest models, and ecological indicators.
Featuring contributions from experts on the three main forest typesâ€”boreal, temperate, and tropicalâ€”this book presents in-depth coverage of important issues in ecological forest management and includes case studies addressing ecological and socioeconomic issues. It illustrates how ecological forest management is a complex process that requires broad ecological knowledge while giving readers a deeper understanding of basic principles and applications.
Table of Contents
FOREST MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS. Applying Knowledge of Natural Disturbance Regimes to Develop an Ecosystem Management Approach in Forestry. Triad Forest Management: Local Fix or Global Solution. Forest Wildlife Management. External Drivers of Changes Challenging Forestry: Political and Social Issues at Stake. Considerations of Ecosystem Services in Ecological Forest Management. FOREST MODELS. Growth and Yield Models for Predicting Tree and Stand Productivity. Forest Succession Models. Process-Based Models: A Synthesis of Models and Applications to Address Environmental and Management Issues. Modeling Forest Carbon Budgets toward Ecological Forest Management: Challenges and Future Directions. Modeling the Impacts of Pest Damage: Case Studies for Conifers in British Columbia, Canada. ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS. Assessing Abundance, Biomass, and Complexity in the Context of Ecological Forest Management. Considering Forest Biodiversity Indicators within a Pressure, State, Benefit, and Response Framework. Indicators of Forest Ecosystem Integrity. Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management. Indicating Forest Ecosystem and Stand Productivity: From Deductive to Inductive Concepts. Turnover Times for Wood, Forest Litter, Roots, and Soil Organic Matter. Forest Ecosystem Health and Biotic Disturbances: Perspectives on Indicators and Management Approaches. ADDRESSING ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC ISSUES. Application of Surface Modeling for Large Regions: A Case Study for Forest Carbon Stocks in China. Comprehensive Analysis of Land Tenure Effects on the Structure and Services of Regional Forest Ecosystems. Forest Management and Climate Change: Adaptive Measures for the Temperateâ€“Boreal Interface of Eastern North America.
Dr. Guy R. Larocque is a research scientist for the Canadian Forest Service, a sector of Natural Resources Canada, at the Laurentian Forestry Centre, QuĂ©bec City, QuĂ©bec, Canada. He is also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Natural Resources Management at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and the Forest Research Institute at the University of QuĂ©bec in Abitibi-TĂ©miscamingue, QuĂ©bec, Canada. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Ecological Modelling and the International Journal of Forestry Research, and is also associate editor of Ecoscience. He has published papers on productivity and succession, carbon cycle, uncertainty analysis, and the development of empirical, succession (gap), and process-based models for forest ecosystems.
"Any student of forest science will appreciate the scope of topics and detailed analysis presented here. As editor, and author, Dr. Larocque has brought together experts representing many parts of the world along with a diversity of knowledge, perspectives and experience. The integration of basic concepts with the tools and techniques of modelling is strengthenedâ€”and groundedâ€”by the thoughtful discussion of indicators and their role in maintaining forest health and productivity. Effective ecological forest management requires practitioners who can integrate all these domains; this book can help."
â€”Nancy Luckai, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada
"This is a comprehensive assessment of ecological forest management. The book presents a range of perspectives on the topic from a variety of respected and internationally-recognized authors. The range of topics covered, which includes carbon, wildlife, climate change, and modeling, is impressive and relevant to a wide audience. A great book for practitioners, researchers, and students interested in the topic. Highest compliments to the authors for their accomplishment."
â€”Aaron Weiskittel, University of Maine, Orono, USA
"Forest ecosystems are among the most important ecosystems of the globe because they are widely distributed on the land surface on almost all latitudes. They have lately attracted particular attention because they are important participants in the global carbon cycle and play a major role in our effort to abate global warming. Furthermore, forest ecosystems offer indispensable ecosystem services to humans, which we need to understand and fully appreciate. Ecological Forest Management Handbook gives a comprehensive overview of the management tools we have in our hands to perform an up-to-date ecological-socio-economic management of forest ecosystems. It gives an excellent survey of the ecosystems concepts, the ecosystem services, the ecological management models, the ecologic