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Positive Impact Forestry : A Sustainable Approach To Managing Woodlands - Thomas J. McEvoy

Positive Impact Forestry

A Sustainable Approach To Managing Woodlands

By: Thomas J. McEvoy, James Jeffords (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9781559637893
Number Of Pages: 296

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Positive Impact Forestry is a primer for private woodland owners and their managers on managing their land and forests to protect both ecological and economic vitality. Moving beyond the concept of "low impact forestry," Thom McEvoy brings together the latest scientific understanding and insights to describe an approach to managing forests that meets the needs of landowners while at the same time maintaining the integrity of forest ecosystems. "Positive impact forestry" emphasizes forestry's potential to achieve sustainable benefits both now and into the future, with long-term investment superseding short-term gain, and the needs of families -- especially future generations -- exceeding those of individuals.
Thom McEvoy offers a thorough discussion of silvicultural basics, synthesizing and explaining the current state of forestry science on topics such as forest soils, tree roots, form and function in trees, and the effects of different harvesting methods on trees, soil organisms, and sites. He also offers invaluable advice on financial, legal, and management issues, ranging from finding the right forestry professionals to managing for products other than timber to passing forest lands and management legacies on to future generations.
Positive Impact Forestry helps readers understand the impacts of deliberate human activities on forests and offers viable strategies that provide benefits without damaging ecosystems. It speaks directly to private forest owners and their advisers and represents an innovative guide for anyone concerned with protecting forest ecosystems, timber production, land management, and the long-term health of forests.
Named the "Best Forestry Book for 2004" by the National Woodlands Owners Association

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Forestry's Past Is Prologuep. 1
Evolution of Forest Use and Managementp. 3
What Is Positive Impact Forestry?p. 11
Evolution of Forest Conservation and Stewardshipp. 15
Defining Sustainabilityp. 19
An Ecosystem Approach to Managing Forestsp. 22
Understanding Forest Ecosystemsp. 29
Species Succession and Tolerancep. 32
Form and Function in Treesp. 38
Stress and Disturbance in Forestsp. 52
The Hidden Forest of Soilsp. 56
The Importance of Avoiding Injury to Rootsp. 63
Practical Application of Forest Site Conceptsp. 65
Creating Disturbances in Forests through Silviculturep. 71
The Impact of Stocking on Growthp. 75
Forest Reproduction Methodsp. 81
Trading Timber Volume for Valuep. 88
Evaluating Timber Investmentsp. 92
Focusing on Value in Crop Treesp. 98
Common Silvicultural Misconceptionsp. 102
Harvesting and Selling Timberp. 107
The Realm of Forestry Professionalsp. 109
The Nature of Stumpagep. 117
Knowing When to Harvestp. 121
Negotiating a Timber Salep. 123
Essential Elements of a Timber Sale Contractp. 125
Trading Timber for Servicesp. 131
Ecosystems and Ethicsp. 133
Positive Impact Harvesting Practicesp. 136
Low-Impact Loggingp. 139
Designing Access That Protects Soils and Streamsp. 143
Safe and Productive Tree-Felling Techniquesp. 155
Alternative Timber Harvesting and Extraction Systemsp. 161
Managing Forests for Wildlife and Nontimber Productsp. 171
Good Wildlife Management Is Good Forestryp. 176
Nontimber Forest Productsp. 179
The Threat of Invasive Exotic Speciesp. 183
The Future of Forests and Forest Productsp. 192
Forest Regulationp. 196
Climate-Induced Changes in Forestsp. 199
Green Certification of Forest Practices and Productsp. 202
Forest Prologuep. 208
Parcelization of Forests and Fragmentation of Purposep. 211
Intergenerational Planning Methods for Forestsp. 216
Estate Planning for Forestsp. 218
Keeping Forests in the Familyp. 220
Conservation Easements and Land Trustsp. 226
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ISBN: 9781559637893
ISBN-10: 1559637897
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2