Forest Resources in Europe 1950-1990
This volume provides a detailed country-by-country account of the increase in forest resources in Europe. The author discusses the implications of this expansion for the future health and vitality of the forests, for forest policy management and silviculture, and for the economic viability and environmental sustainability of the resource. An increase in thinnings and regeneration cuttings is advocated, replacing unstable tree species by true climatic climax species, and shortening rotation ages. The author concludes that preserving the sustainability and biodiversity of Europe's forest ecosystems can be achieved by maintaining the genetic diversity, density, age and health stability of forests, protecting biotopes of endangered species and establishing cultural biotopes and strictly protected natural reserves.
- Electronic book text
- 11 May 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 17 b/w illus. 31 tables
Table of contents
Foreword; Abbreviations; Figures; Tables; Summary; 1. Introduction; 2. Wood resources and harvests by country groups; 3. Country statistics; 4. Ecological and economic basis; References.
"This book is a useful reference to anyone interested in the overall trends in forest conditions around the globe." Journal of Natural Resource Life Science Education "The book's breadth of coverage is impressive and it should be useful to those concerned with forests, either as scientists, managers, or teachers." Philippe Bourdeau, Environment