Multiaged Silviculture: Managing for Complex Forest Stand Structures

Paperback | September 11, 2014

byKevin OHara

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This book presents the latest scientific and management information on multiaged silviculture, an emerging strategy for managing forestry systems worldwide. Over recent decades, forest science and management have tended to emphasize plantation silviculture. Whilst this clearly meets our woodproduction needs, many of the world's forests need to be managed far less intensively and more flexibly in order to maintain their natural ecosystem functions together with the values inherent in those processes. Developing multiaged management strategies for these complex forest ecosystemsrepresents a global challenge to successfully integrate available science with sustainable management practices. Multiaged Silviculture covers the ecology and dynamics of multiaged stands, the management operations associated with regeneration, tending, and stocking control, and the implications of this strategy on production, genetic diversity, and stand health. It is primarily aimed at graduate levelstudents and researchers in the fields of forestry and silviculture, but will also be of relevance and use to all professional foresters and silviculturists.

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This book presents the latest scientific and management information on multiaged silviculture, an emerging strategy for managing forestry systems worldwide. Over recent decades, forest science and management have tended to emphasize plantation silviculture. Whilst this clearly meets our woodproduction needs, many of the world's forests...

Kevin O'Hara is Professor of Silviculture at the University of California - Berkeley where he teaches field and classroom courses in forestry. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and taught for 8 years at the University of Montana before joining the University of California faculty. He is the author of over 120 sci...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pagesPublished:September 11, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198703074

ISBN - 13:9780198703075

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Multiaged Silviculture2. History of Multiaged Silviculture3. Disturbance Dynamics of Multiaged Stands4. Dynamics of Multiaged Stands5. Dynamics of Forest Gap and Group Openings6. Multiaged Management Systems7. Multiaged Stocking Control8. Regenerating Multiaged Stands9. Tending Multiaged Stands10. Transformations to Multiaged Stand Structures11. Managing Multiaged Stands for Diverse Objectives12. Growth Projection in Multiaged Stands13. Volume and Economic Production of Multiaged Stands14. Genetics and Multiaged Silviculture15. Multiaged Structures and Stand Health16. Social Justifications for Multiaged Silviculture