Development of planted forests in tropical and subtropical countries is accelerating to satisfy the ever-growing global demands for wood products. Indeed, it is expected that within 20 years half of all wood fibre in the world will be sourced from plantations, of which more than half are in the tropics and subtropics. As well as intensively-managed, industrial wood plantations, trees are increasingly being planted as part of farming systems, and to control erosion and rehabilitate degraded lands and forests. Active community involvement in tree planting as part of rural development is now widespread and welcome. This book provides an overview that sets plantation silviculture in the wider context of the development processes and their social, environmental and ecological impacts. For this new edition, the structure and approach of previous editions have been retained but every chapter has been comprehensively revised and updated. Two new chapters - 'clonal forestry' and 'ecological restoration' - have been added. The central theme remains the silviculture that underpins successful industrial planted forests.
Overall the book provides an up-to-date account of silvicultural practices, some of the socio-economic essentials and the key role tree planting now plays in natural resource management and improving rural livelihoods in the tropics. Contemporary issues such as full stakeholder participation and sustainable management practices in planted forests are also addressed. This expanded third edition provides a comprehensive introduction to plantation forestry practices in the tropics as part of sustainable land use. Both the historical context and recent developments are presented so that students, professional foresters, development specialists, and all with an interest in tropical forest management will find this a valuable reference text.
`This new edition of Plantation Forestry in the Tropics firmly re-establishes it as the standard text...Julian Evans's book deserves a place on the bookshelf of all foresters - they will find much to learn from it.
`This book provides the student with a comprehensive introduction or the practitioner or development specialist with an overview of plantation forestry and tree planting in tropical countries as part of sound land use.'
Rural Development Forestry Network, Newsletter 14
Part I Introduction
2: Why plantations?
3: Plantation forest in tropical countries
4: Plantation organization and Structure
Part II Land, Social & Economic Factors, and Planning in Plantation Development
5: Land and plantation development
6: Social and economic factors in tree-planting and plantation development
7: Planning the plantation enterprise
Part III Plantation Silviculture
8: What to plant?
9: Seed collection, supply and storage
10: Forest nurseries
11: Clonal plantations
12: Plantation establishment
13: Plantation maintenance
14: Nutrition of tree crops
15: Dynamics of stand growth
17: High pruning
18: Rotations, regeneration, and coppice
19: Protection - an introduction
Part IV Tree-Planting and Plantation Forestry in Rural Development, Soil Conservation, Rehabilitation, Environmental Considerations, and sustainability
20: Tree-planting in rural development and agroforestry
21: Protective afforestation
22: Tree planting for ecosystem rehabilitation and restoration
23: Afforestation of inhospitable sites
24: Ecological factors and sustainability of plantations, conclusion
Series: Oxford Biology (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 19.05
Weight (kg): 1.12
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised