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Ecological Forest Management Handbook

1st Edition

Edited by Guy R. Larocque

CRC Press

604 pages | 43 Color Illus. | 114 B/W Illus.

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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 types—boreal, temperate, and tropical—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.


"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 strengthened—and grounded—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."

—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."

—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 ecological indicators, and how we use these tools in the integrated holistic management of forest ecosystems. These topics are presented with very comprehensive details, which makes the volume an indispensable management handbook. The Ecological Forest Management Handbook is therefore compulsory reading for all interested in forestry, systems ecology, the global carbon cycle, and the abatement of the greenhouse effect."

—Sven Erik Jørgensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

"Ecological forest management has been gaining popularity in recent decades, offering an approach to guide decision-making in an effort to sustainably provide a range of services. This work, edited by Larocque (research scientist, Canadian Forest Service), provides the breadth of subject matter and depth of content needed to create a useful resource on this management approach. The book is divided into four sections with a diverse collection of practitioners and researchers contributing to the chapters. The initial section addresses the basic concepts underpinning ecological forest management. Section 2 is concerned with multiple modeling approaches supporting ecological forest management in different contexts. Section 3 considers the application of ecological indicators in understanding ecosystem states and informing management decisions. Section 4, the shortest section, discusses socioeconomic and ecological concerns. Occasional case studies combine with the overview of concepts and the detailed descriptions of tools and techniques to create a guide that will be interesting and valuable to practitioners, researchers, and advanced students focusing on forest ecology and the management of forest ecosystems. Part of the 'Applied Ecology and Environmental Management' series."

CHOICE, September 2016

Table of Contents


Applying Knowledge of Natural Disturbance Regimes to Develop an Ecosystem Management Approach in Forestry

Daniel Kneeshaw and Yves Bergeron

Triad Forest Management: Local Fix or Global Solution

Rebecca Tittler, Christian Messier, and Rosa C. Goodman

Forest Wildlife Management

Steven M. Grodsky, Christopher E. Moorman, and Kevin R. Russell

External Drivers of Changes Challenging Forestry: Political and Social Issues at Stake

Christine Farcy, Ronnie de Camino, Inazio Martinez de Arano, and Eduardo Rojas Briales

Considerations of Ecosystem Services in Ecological Forest Management

Christian Malouin, Guy R. Larocque, Marlene Doyle, F. Wayne Bell, Jennifer Dacosta, and Kate Liss


Growth and Yield Models for Predicting Tree and Stand Productivity

Robert Schneider, Tony Franceschini, Mathieu Fortin, Olivier Martin-Ducup, Vincent Gauthray-Guyénet, Guy R. Larocque, Peter Marshall, and Alexa Bérubé-Deschênes

Forest Succession Models

Guy R. Larocque, Herman H. Shugart, Weimin Xi, and Jennifer A. Holm

Process-Based Models: A Synthesis of Models and Applications to Address Environmental and Management Issues

Guy R. Larocque, Alexander Komarov, Oleg Chertov, Vladimir Shanin, Jinxun Liu, Jagtar S. Bhatti, Weifeng Wang, Changhui Peng, Herman H. Shugart, Weimin Xi, and Jennifer A. Holm

Modeling Forest Carbon Budgets toward Ecological Forest Management: Challenges and Future Directions

Weifeng Wang, Changhui Peng, and Guy R. Larocque

Modeling the Impacts of Pest Damage: Case Studies for Conifers in British Columbia, Canada

Michael G. Cruickshank, Rona N. Sturrock, Mario Di Lucca, and René I. Alfaro


Assessing Abundance, Biomass, and Complexity in the Context of Ecological Forest Management

Virginia Capmourteres and Madhur Anand

Considering Forest Biodiversity Indicators within a Pressure, State, Benefit, and Response Framework

F. Wayne Bell, Jennifer Dacosta, and Guy R. Larocque

Indicators of Forest Ecosystem Integrity

André Arsenault and Guy R. Larocque

Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management

Michal Bosela, Guy R. Larocque, Tanya Baycheva, Ruben Valbuena, and Markus Lier

Indicating Forest Ecosystem and Stand Productivity: From Deductive to Inductive Concepts

Hans Pretzsch and Thomas Rötzer

Turnover Times for Wood, Forest Litter, Roots, and Soil Organic Matter

Paul A. Arp

Forest Ecosystem Health and Biotic Disturbances: Perspectives on Indicators and Management Approaches

Kishan Sambaraju, Pierre DesRochers, Danny Rioux, Yan Boulanger, Nitin Kulkarni, Ram Keerti Verma, Marco Pautasso, Deepa Pureswaran, Véronique Martel, Christian Hébert, Michel Cusson, and Johanne Delisle


Application of Surface Modeling for Large Regions: A Case Study for Forest Carbon Stocks in China

Tian-Xiang Yue, Yi-Fu Wang, and Guy R. Larocque

Comprehensive Analysis of Land Tenure Effects on the Structure and Services of Regional Forest Ecosystems

Patrick Morin, Luc Sirois, and Luc Bouthillier

Forest Management and Climate Change: Adaptive Measures for the Temperate–Boreal Interface of Eastern North America

Laurent Gagné, Luc Sirois, and Luc Lavoie

About the Editor

Dr. Guy R. Larocque is a research scientist for the Canadian Forest Service, a sector of Natural Resources Canada, at the Laurentian Forestry Centre, Québec City, Québec, 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 Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec, 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.

About the Series

Applied Ecology and Environmental Management

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General