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The Art of Managing Longleaf - A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach (Paperback): Leon Neel, Paul S. Sutter, Albert... The Art of Managing Longleaf - A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach (Paperback)
Leon Neel, Paul S. Sutter, Albert G. Way
R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Greenwood Plantation in the Red Hills region of southwest Georgia includes a rare one-thousand-acre stand of old-growth longleaf pine woodlands, a remnant of an ecosystem that once covered close to ninety million acres across the Southeast. "The Art of Managing Longleaf" documents the sometimes controversial management system that not only has protected Greenwood's "Big Woods" but also has been practiced on a substantial acreage of the remnant longleaf pine woodlands in the Red Hills and other parts of the Coastal Plain. Often described as an art informed by science, the Stoddard-Neel Approach combines frequent prescribed burning, highly selective logging, a commitment to a particular woodland aesthetic, intimate knowledge of the ecosystem and its processes, and other strategies to manage the longleaf pine ecosystem in a sustainable way.

The namesakes of this method are Herbert Stoddard (who developed it) and his colleague and successor, Leon Neel (who has refined it). In addition to presenting a detailed, illustrated outline of the Stoddard-Neel Approach, the book--based on an extensive oral history project undertaken by Paul S. Sutter and Albert G. Way, with Neel as its major subject--discusses Neel's deep familial and cultural roots in the Red Hills; his years of work with Stoddard; and the formation and early years of the Tall Timbers Research Station, which Stoddard and Neel helped found in the pinelands near Tallahassee, Florida, in 1958. In their introduction, environmental historians Sutter and Way provide an overview of the longleaf ecosystem's natural and human history, and in his afterword, forest ecologist Jerry F. Franklin affirms the value of the Stoddard-Neel Approach.

Oregon Wildland Firefighting - A History (Paperback): Sean Davis Oregon Wildland Firefighting - A History (Paperback)
Sean Davis
R472 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R82 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
When Money Grew on Trees - A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron (Hardcover): Greg Gordon When Money Grew on Trees - A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron (Hardcover)
Greg Gordon
R702 R578 Discovery Miles 5 780 Save R124 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Born in the timber colony of New Brunswick, Maine, in 1848, Andrew Benoni Hammond got off to an inauspicious start as a teenage lumberjack. By his death in 1934, Hammond had built an empire of wood that stretched from Puget Sound to Arizona--and in the process had reshaped the American West and the nation's way of doing business. "When Money Grew on Trees" follows Hammond from the rough-and-tumble world of mid-nineteenth-century New Brunswick to frontier Montana and the forests of Northern California--from lowly lumberjack to unrivaled timber baron.

Although he began his career as a pioneer entrepreneur, Hammond, unlike many of his associates, successfully negotiated the transition to corporate businessman. Against the backdrop of western expansion and nation-building, his life dramatically demonstrates how individuals--more than the impersonal forces of political economy--shaped capitalism in this country, and in doing so, transformed the forests of the West from functioning natural ecosystems into industrial landscapes. In revealing Hammond's instrumental role in converting the nation's public domain into private wealth, historian Greg Gordon also shows how the struggle over natural resources gave rise to the two most pervasive forces in modern American life: the federal government and the modern corporation.

Combining environmental, labor, and business history with biography, "When Money Grew on Trees" challenges the conventional view that the development and exploitation of the western United States was dictated from the East Coast. The West, Gordon suggests, was perfectly capable of exploiting itself, and in his book we see how Hammond and other regional entrepreneurs dammed rivers, logged forests, and leveled mountains in just a few decades. Hammond and his like also built cities, towns, and a vast transportation network of steamships and railroads to export natural resources and import manufactured goods. In short, they established much of the modern American state and economy.

Deforestation in the Teknaf Peninsula of Bangladesh - A Study of Political Ecology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Masakazu Tani, Md... Deforestation in the Teknaf Peninsula of Bangladesh - A Study of Political Ecology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Masakazu Tani, Md Abiar Rahman
R4,365 Discovery Miles 43 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book presents a political ecology study on deforestation in the Teknaf Peninsula of Bangladesh. The study's aim was to elucidate social factors contributing to processes of deforestation, including poverty, migration of refugees, forest encroachment, and power relations entailed in forest management. The individual analyses presented in the book are entirely based on primary information obtained through original field work conducted over a period of 7 years, and on remote sensing using satellite imagery and GIS techniques. The second half of the book considers reforestation approaches such as social and homestead forestry that have wider applications within developing countries.

Agroforestry for Degraded Landscapes - Recent Advances and Emerging Challenges - Vol.1 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Jagdish... Agroforestry for Degraded Landscapes - Recent Advances and Emerging Challenges - Vol.1 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Jagdish Chander Dagar, Sharda Rani Gupta, Demel Teketay
R5,288 Discovery Miles 52 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book presents various aspects of agroforestry research and development, as well as the latest trends in degraded landscape management. Over the last four decades, agroforestry research (particularly on degraded landscapes) has evolved into an essential problem-solving science, e.g. in terms of sustaining agricultural productivity, improving soil health and biodiversity, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting carbon sequestration and mitigating climate change. This book examines temperate and tropical agroforestry systems around the world, focusing on traditional and modern practices and technologies used to rehabilitate degraded lands. It covers the latest research advances, trends and challenges in the utilization and reclamation of degraded lands, e.g. urban and peri-urban agroforestry, reclamation of degraded landscapes, tree-based multi-enterprise agriculture, domestication of high-value halophytes, afforestation of coastal areas, preserving mangroves and much more. Given its scope, the book offers a valuable asset for a broad range of stakeholders including farmers, scientists, researchers, educators, students, development/extension agents, environmentalists, policy/decision makers, and government and non-government organizations.

Trees in Trouble - Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change (Hardcover): Daniel Mathews Trees in Trouble - Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change (Hardcover)
Daniel Mathews
R573 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R103 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
No Nice Girl Swears - Notes on High Society, Social Graces, and Keeping Your Wits from a Jazz-Age Debutante (Hardcover):... No Nice Girl Swears - Notes on High Society, Social Graces, and Keeping Your Wits from a Jazz-Age Debutante (Hardcover)
Alice-Leone Moats; Foreword by Stellene Volandes
R400 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R71 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

No Nice Girl Swears is the original, trailblazing guide to the "new etiquette," brimming with timeless advice on style, romance, and grace, and finally back in print 90 years after its original release. Forewords by today's editor in chief of Town & Country and the editor in chief of Vogue from 1914-1952. Heralded as the go-to guide for soon-to-be debutantes and ladies who'd recently made their debut, No Nice Girl Swears ushered in a "new etiquette" on its release in 1933, much to the shock-and delight-of the high-society crowd of jazz-age America. Today it is equal parts time capsule (how to dress for dinner on your transatlantic voyage) and timeless missive (how to ditch a date who's had a few too many). Worldly-wise socialite Alice-Leone Moats advises on everything from style and dating to travel and party throwing, and weeds through the dos and don'ts of weddings, weekend trips, and the workplace. Her wisdom, though steeped in the charm of her time, endures: treat others-and yourself-with respect, always put your best foot forward, and don't throw a party without champagne. It's just good manners. This keepsake volume includes a new foreword from Stellene Volandes, the editor in chief of Town & Country, the original foreword from Edna Woolman Chase, Vogue's editor in chief from 1914-1952, and a contextualizing preface. It encourages consideration of what etiquette rules we'd like instilled today, and shows how Moats helped usher in a world where women could speak-and act-freely.

Forests and Insect Conservation in Australia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Tim R. New Forests and Insect Conservation in Australia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Tim R. New
R3,502 R2,840 Discovery Miles 28 400 Save R662 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Losses of forests and their insect inhabitants are a major global conservation concern, spanning tropical and temperate forest regions throughout the world. This broad overview of Australian forest insect conservation draws on studies from many places to demonstrate the diversity and vulnerability of forest insects and how their conservation may be pursued through combinations of increased understanding, forest protection and silvicultural management in both natural and plantation forests. The relatively recent history of severe human disturbance to Australian forests ensures that reasonably natural forest patches remain and serve as 'models' for many forest categories. They are also refuges for many forest biota extirpated from the wider landscapes as forests are lost, and merit strenuous protection from further changes, and wider efforts to promote connectivity between otherwise isolated remnant patches. In parallel, the recent attention to improving forest insect conservation in harmony with insect pest management continues to benefit from perspectives generated from better-documented faunas elsewhere. Lessons from the northern hemisphere, in particular, have led to revelations of the ecological importance and vulnerability of many insect taxa in forests, together with clear evidence that 'conservation can work' in concert with wider forest uses. A brief outline of the variety of Australian tropical and temperate forests and woodlands, and of the multitude of endemic and, often, highly localised insects that depend on them highlights needs for conservation (both of single focal species and wider forest-dependent radiations and assemblages). The ways in which insects contribute to sustained ecological integrity of these complex ecosystems provide numerous opportunities for practical conservation.

Sedges of the Northern Forest - Quick Guide (Fold-out book or chart): Jerry Jenkins Sedges of the Northern Forest - Quick Guide (Fold-out book or chart)
Jerry Jenkins
R269 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R29 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Quick Guide for Sedges of the Northern Forest contains two double-sided photographic charts that allow users to see high-res, close-up images of the more than 200 sedges in the Northern Forest region. The map-sized folding charts are water-resistant and field-friendly, the perfect companion to the Photographic Guide. This product was produced by the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation.

Forest Products and Wood Science - An Introduction (Hardcover, 7th Edition): Rubin Shmulsky, P. David Jones Forest Products and Wood Science - An Introduction (Hardcover, 7th Edition)
Rubin Shmulsky, P. David Jones
R1,948 Discovery Miles 19 480 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The updated seventh edition of the classic text on wood science and forestry The seventh edition of Forest Products and Wood Science: An Introduction offers a fully revised and updated review of the forest products industry. This classic text contains a comprehensive review of the subject and presents a thorough understanding of the anatomical and physical nature of wood. The authors emphasize its use as an industrial raw material. Forest Products and Wood Science provides thorough coverage of all aspects of wood science and industry, ranging from tree growth and wood anatomy to a variety of economically important wood products, along with their applications and performance. The text explores global raw materials, the increasing use of wood as a source of energy and chemicals and environmental implications of the use of wood. This edition features new material on structural composites, non-structural composites, durability and protection, pulp and paper, energy and chemicals, and global raw materials. This seventh edition of the classic work: Contains new information on a variety of topics including: structural composites, non-structural composites, durability and protection, pulp and paper, energy and chemicals and global raw materials Includes a fully revised text that meets the changing needs of the forestry, engineering, and wood science academics and professionals Presents material written by authors with broad experience in both the private and academic sectors Written for undergraduate students in forestry, natural resources, engineering, and wood science, as well as forest industry personnel, engineers, wood-based manufacturing and using professionals, the seventh edition of Forest Products and Wood Science updates the classic text that has become an indispensable resource.

Production of Platform Chemicals from Sustainable Resources (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Zhen Fang, Richard L. Smith, Jr., Xinhua... Production of Platform Chemicals from Sustainable Resources (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Zhen Fang, Richard L. Smith, Jr., Xinhua Qi
R5,750 Discovery Miles 57 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book provides state-of-the-art reviews, the latest research, prospects and challenges of the production of platform chemicals such as C6 sugars, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, furfural, gamma-valerolactone, xylitol, 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid, levulinic acid, ethanol and others from sustainable biomass resources using processes that include heterogeneous catalysis, ionic liquids, hydrothermal/solvothermal, electrochemical and fermentation methods. It also discusses the application of these chemicals and their derivatives for synthesizing commodity chemicals via various routes. Intended as a reference resource for researchers, academicians and industrialists in the area of energy, chemical engineering and biomass conversion, it provides a wealth of information essential for assessing the production and application of various biomass-derived platform chemicals using biological, chemical and electrochemical techniques.

Urban Tree Management - For the Sustainable Development of Green Cities (Paperback): Andreas Roloff Urban Tree Management - For the Sustainable Development of Green Cities (Paperback)
Andreas Roloff
R1,396 Discovery Miles 13 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Urban tree management is the key basis for greener cities of the future. It is a practical discipline which includes tree selection, planting, care and protection and the overall management of trees as a collective resource. Urban Tree Management aims to raise awareness for the positive impacts and benefits of city trees and for their importance to city dwellers. It describes their advantages and details their effects on quality of urban life and well-being aspects that are increasingly important in these times of progressing urbanisation. With this book you will learn: * fundamentals, methods and tools of urban tree management * state of the art in the fields of urban forestry and tree biology * positive effects and uses of urban trees * features, requirements and selection criteria for urban trees * conditions and problems of urban trees * governance and management aspects * environmental education programs. Edited by the leading expert Dr Andreas Roloff, Urban Tree Management is an excellent resource for plant scientists, horticulturists, dendrologists, arborists and arboriculturists, forestry scientists, city planners, parks department specialists and landscape architects. It will be an essential addition to all students and libraries where such subjects are taught.

Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) in Bangladesh (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Tapan Kumar Nath, Mohammed Jashimuddin,... Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) in Bangladesh (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Tapan Kumar Nath, Mohammed Jashimuddin, Makoto Inoue
R4,286 Discovery Miles 42 860 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The book is immensely beneficial to the readers to have a clear understanding of various CBFM practices prevailing in Bangladesh.Providing a comprehensive and critical analysis of success stories concerning several CBFM practices in different forest areas of Bangladesh, together with their respective strengths and weaknesses, it identifies sharing authority to take decision by the community as one of the main weaknesses. The other main weakness is the lack of beat level authority to coordinate with community for making the process vibrant. The book determines that it is the community patrol group which is most effective under the co-management system, yet the general body and executive committee of the co-management system are composed of different stakeholders, each of which is subject to their own work pressures, and are not as effective as claimed. There is a need to empower communities living in and around forests, and to create ownership of the forests so that they can feel that the forests around them are by the community and for the community.

Progress in Botany 77 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Ulrich L Uttge, Francisco M. Canovas, Rainer Matyssek Progress in Botany 77 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Ulrich L Uttge, Francisco M. Canovas, Rainer Matyssek
R5,605 Discovery Miles 56 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With one volume each year, this series keeps scientists and advanced students informed of the latest developments and results in all areas of the plant sciences. The present volume includes reviews on plant genetics, physiology, ecology, and evolution.

The Brazilian Amazon - Politics, Science and International Relations in the History of the Forest (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015):... The Brazilian Amazon - Politics, Science and International Relations in the History of the Forest (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Joana Bezerra
R4,593 Discovery Miles 45 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The aim of this book is to analyse the current development scenario in the Amazon, using Terra Preta de Indio as a case study. To do so it is necessary to go back in time, both in the national and international sphere, through the second half of the last century to analyse its trajectory. It will be equally important analyse the current issues regarding the Amazon - sustainable development and climate change - and how they still reproduce some of the problems that marked the history of the forest, such as the absence of Amazonian dark earths as a relevant theme to the Amazon. In a world in which the environment gains each time more space in the national and international political agenda, the Amazon stands out. Known around the world for its richness, the South-American forest is the target of different visions, often contradictory ones, and it plays with everyone's imagination. This is where the terra preta de indio - Amazonian Dark Earths - are found, a fertile soil horizon with high concentrations of carbon with anthropic origins, which has generated great interest from the scientific community. Studies on these soils and their so singular characteristics have triggered crucial discussions on the past, present and the future of the entire Amazon region. Despite its singular characteristics, the importance of Amazonian Dark Earths - and a history of a more productive and populated Amazon - was hidden since its discovery around 1880 until 1980, when it is possible to identify the beginning of an increase in the number of research on these soil horizons. These hundred years between the first records and the beginning of the increase in the interest around these soils witnessed structural changes both in the national arena, with the military dictatorship and a change in the place of the Amazon within internal affairs, and in the international arena with changes that reshaped the role of the environment in the political and scientific agendas and the role of Brazil in the global context.

Environmental Services of Agroforestry Systems (Paperback): Yale University., Florencia Montagnini Environmental Services of Agroforestry Systems (Paperback)
Yale University., Florencia Montagnini
R878 Discovery Miles 8 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Get cutting-edge agroforestry research and data Deforestation and the rampant use of fossil fuels are major contributors to increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide and are enormous influences on global warming. Agroforestry systems and tree plantations can help mitigate the resulting climate change and degradation of biodiversity and accelerating climate change. Environmental Services of Agroforestry Systems addresses these global concerns with an essential collection of presentations on biodiversity and climate change from the First World Congress in Agroforestry (Orlando, Florida, 2004). Respected experts discuss the latest research and data on how agroforestry systems can help solve environmental problems through carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation. Years ago, agroforestry's environmental benefits were mainly seen as being soil amelioration, erosion control, microclimate control, and the alleviation of the effects of drought in semiarid areas. Environmental Services of Agroforestry Systems goes beyond the regional considerations of years past to focus on the challenges of today's most pressing global environmental concerns. The contributors describe the latest research and concepts in agroforestry systems, reforestation efforts, soils, vegetation, and agriculture while reviewing their economic aspects. Incentives for reforestation and agroforestry are explored in detail. Each chapter is carefully referenced and includes tables to clarify ideas and data. Environmental Services of Agroforestry Systems addresses: advantages of mixed-species plantations tropical pasture and silvo-pastoral systems tropical forest ecosystem management research on the economic feasibility of various land-use systems socio-economic considerations of coffee-growing ecosystems agroforestry systems in Costa Rica Environmental Services of Agroforestry Systems is essential reading for researchers and scientists, as well as professionals in agroforestry, forestry, soils, global change, climate change, and environmental studies, educators, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Molecular Genetics and Breeding of Forest Trees (Paperback): Sandeep Kumar, Mattias Fladung Molecular Genetics and Breeding of Forest Trees (Paperback)
Sandeep Kumar, Mattias Fladung
R1,754 Discovery Miles 17 540 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Scientists and researchers from top labs around the world share their expertise!
This unique text integrates tree transgenesis, functional genomics, and structural genomics to present, for the first time, a unified approach to research on the molecular biology of forest trees. A distinguished panel of scientists, researchers, and educators from around the world have combined their efforts to present the most up-to-date information and make Molecular Genetics and Breeding of Forest Trees an important addition to your professional or teaching collection. Helpful tables and figures make important points easy to access and understand.
To make it easier to find the specific information you're looking for, Molecular Genetics and Breeding of Forest Trees is divided into four sections: Forest Tree Functional Genomics, Molecular Biology of Wood Formation, Forest Tree Transgenesis, and Genome Mapping in Forest Trees. Within these sections, you'll find the most up-to-date information on: functional genomics EST databases proteomics in forest trees genomics of wood formation and in vitro systems for the study of wood formation genetic transformation of forest trees stable expression of foreign genes modification of flowering in forest trees genome mapping in forest trees microsatellite DNA markers in forest trees exploring the transcriptome of the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis in trees

Forest Sampling Desk Reference (Hardcover): Evert W. Johnson Forest Sampling Desk Reference (Hardcover)
Evert W. Johnson
R5,859 Discovery Miles 58 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Should damaged trees be clear cut and replanted or allowed to recover naturally? Is the deer herd large enough to survive hunting pressure? Managing forest resources entails numerous decisions. Making these decisions intelligently requires sound information about the resource in question. Ideally, assessments should be based on the entire population involved. However, the costs in time and money often prevent this, and evaluations - or sampling - are done on a small portion of the whole. The most complete treatment of systematic sampling in one volume, Forest Sampling Desk Reference explains the uses and limitations of individual sampling designs in forest inventory operations. This text contains detailed derivations of the most commonly used statistical methods in forestry. It provides examples that highlight the statistical methods. The author covers probability and probability distributions and the development of logical regression models. The text discusses systematic sampling, describing its benefits and shortcomings in detail. It provides an in depth examination of the controversial 3-P sampling procedure. The validity and strength of sampling results vary from option to option, along with their costs in terms of money and time. Before selecting a sampling procedure you need to know their strengths and weaknesses in relation to their expense. Forest Sampling Desk Reference supplies the background necessary for making these decisions.

The Southern Forest - Geography, Ecology, and Silviculture (Hardcover): Laurence C. Walker, Brian P. Oswald The Southern Forest - Geography, Ecology, and Silviculture (Hardcover)
Laurence C. Walker, Brian P. Oswald
R3,811 Discovery Miles 38 110 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

America's 754 million acres of forest constitute more than a major geographical feature. They are intricately woven into the national economy and culture-providing a fifth of the nation's industrial raw material, protecting and regulating its watersheds, providing grazing range for a sizeable portion of livestock, producing most of its game and much of its nonsport wildlife, and attracting millions of tourists annually.
The Southern Forest: Geography, Ecology, and Silviculture examines in-depth the forests of the South, providing a comprehensive description of the region from which most of the nation's wood for housing and paper will be grown and harvested in the future. Closing the old-growth forests of the Northwest and reduction of harvests in the tropics necessitate the U.S. South intensifying tree growth to accommodate society's requirements. This book provides the information for practicing foresters, researchers, and students to increase forest growth dramatically for the many forest types and in the various subregions without detrimentally affecting soil, species diversity, or long-term aesthetics.
The four factors of site-edaphic, biotic, climatic, and physiographic-are given special attention. Over 200 photographs; an extensive listing of literature citations; and appendixes of tree, insect, and disease agents are included. With files of field notes and photographs, Walker and Oswald revisit-and take the reader along to grasp-the South's rich forests. A land manager will need no other reference to the soils, biotic components, climate or physiology of the region.

A Guide to Coppicing (Paperback): Raymond Tabor A Guide to Coppicing (Paperback)
Raymond Tabor; Illustrated by Raymond Tabor
R168 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R13 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Forest Landscape Restoration - Integrated Approaches to Support Effective Implementation (Hardcover): Stephanie Mansourian,... Forest Landscape Restoration - Integrated Approaches to Support Effective Implementation (Hardcover)
Stephanie Mansourian, John Parrotta
R3,051 Discovery Miles 30 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is a planned process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human wellbeing in deforested or degraded landscapes. The aim of this book is to explore options to better integrate the diverse dimensions - spatial, disciplinary, sectoral, and scientific - of implementing FLR. It demonstrates the value of an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to help implement FLR focusing specifically on four issues: understanding the drivers of forest loss and degradation in the context of interdisciplinary responses for FLR; learning from related integrated approaches; governance issues related to FLR as an integrated process; and the management, creation and use of different sources of knowledge in FLR implementation. The emphasis is on recognising the need to take human and institutional factors into consideration, as well as the more obvious biophysical factors. A key aim is to advance and accelerate the practice of FLR, given its importance, particularly in a world facing increasing environmental challenges, notably from climate change. The first section of the book presents the issue from an analytical and problem-orientated viewpoint, while later sections focus on solutions. It will interest researchers and professionals in forestry, ecology, geography, environmental governance and landscape studies.

Wood Characteristics - Description, Causes, Prevention, Impact on Use and Technological Adaptation (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015.... Wood Characteristics - Description, Causes, Prevention, Impact on Use and Technological Adaptation (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015. Corr. 2nd printing 2015)
Christoph Richter
R2,774 R2,624 Discovery Miles 26 240 Save R150 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book offers a broad range of options for technically adapting, handling and processing wood with specific wood characteristics. It starts by discussing wood anatomy and the general factors leading to the formation of wood characteristics. The individual characteristics are then categorized into four groups: 1. Wood characteristics inherent in a tree s natural growth. 2.Biotically-induced wood characteristics. 3.Abiotically-induced wood characteristics. 4. Types and causes of cracks.

New to this English edition is a comparison of wood characteristics found in trees from the boreal, temperate and tropical climate zones. The results show a clear relationship between the effects of sunshine duration, the vertical and horizontal angle of radiation, and crown coverage and the way wood characteristics form.

The book addresses all those who work with wood professionally: foresters, gardeners and arborists who want to be able to observe a living tree and identify its internal features and the causes of its prominent wood characteristics. Based on the findings described in this book they can determine how to avoid certain undesirable characteristics, or alternatively how to promote favorable ones as the tree and stand grow. Botanists and dendrologists will learn how wood characteristics arise, and how they affect living trees and wood products. The needs of wood technologists seeking to prevent adverse wood characteristics from influencing wood processing, or to enhance favorable wood characteristics, are also addressed.

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Dynamics, Silviculture and Management of Mixed Forests (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Andres Bravo-Oviedo, Hans Pretzsch, Miren del... Dynamics, Silviculture and Management of Mixed Forests (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Andres Bravo-Oviedo, Hans Pretzsch, Miren del Rio
R3,776 R3,325 Discovery Miles 33 250 Save R451 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The capacity of mixed forests to mitigate climate change effects by increasing resilience and lowering risks is pinpointed as an opportunity to highlight the role of tree species rich forests as part of complex socio-ecological systems. This book updates and presents the state-of-the-art of mixed forest performance in terms of regeneration, growth, yield and delivery of ecosystem services. Examples from more than 20 countries in Europe, North Africa and South America provide insights on the interplay between structure and functionining, stability, silviculture and optimization of management of this type of forests. The book also analyses the role of natural mixed forests and mixed plantations in the delivery of ecosystem services and the best modelling strategy to study mixed forest dynamics. The book is intended to serve as a reference tool for students, researchers and professionals concerned about the management of mixed forests in a context of social and environmental change.

Climate Change, Food Security and Natural Resource Management - Regional Case Studies from Three Continents (Hardcover, 1st ed.... Climate Change, Food Security and Natural Resource Management - Regional Case Studies from Three Continents (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Mohamed Behnassi, Olaf Pollmann, Himangana Gupta
R3,270 Discovery Miles 32 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book contributes to the on-going debates on climate change by focusing on the SDGs and exploring linkages between environmental change and food security as well as the relevance and need to consider the management of natural resources, especially water, soil and forest. Compared to relevant existing publications, this book covers case studies that capture the everyday realities of the local people and how they react and adapt to similar situations in different geographical settings. Each case study presented in this book gives a particular message. The strength of this book lies in the fact that it covers the most neglected topics in climate negotiations in spite of the fact that these decide the fate of millions of people around the world, especially the developing countries. By presenting a collection of case studies from Africa, Asia and Europe, this book encourages cross-continental knowledge sharing. The scope of the book ranges from impacts to mitigation and from in-field experiments to policy implementation. It contributes to the existing knowledge on climate-food nexus and connects climate change to sectors it could impact directly. All chapters in this book emphasise local ownership of strategy processes, effective participation from all levels, and high-level commitment. Besides being relevant for the academicians and scholars working in the field of climate change, forest and agriculture, it aims to catch interest of the policy makers and practitioners to understand ground realities for appropriate action. It is also bound to make an impact on the Non-Governmental Organizations around the world and in the three different continents that this book covers, considering the indigenous and local issues highlighted in this book.

Irreplaceable Woodlands: Some practical steps to restoring our wildlife heritage (Paperback): Charles Flower Irreplaceable Woodlands: Some practical steps to restoring our wildlife heritage (Paperback)
Charles Flower 1
R688 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R221 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a practical manual to managing woodland. It includes a Foreword written by HRH Prince Charles. It comes from conservation expert Charles Flower, author of highly acclaimed Where Have all the Flowers Gone? Charles Flower is passionate about restoring the countryside. He has spent many years working on and writing about the restoration of wild flowers to grasslands and has now turned his attention to ancient woodlands, many of which, though derelict, are treasure houses of diversity, an asset unrecognised by almost everyone including those in Government. Yet with a little effort glades and rides, which may represent less than ten per cent of the wood, can be opened up with remarkable results. Once light penetrates some wild flowers will reappear and all will thrive attracting back the insects, birds and animals that once flourished there. This book is not only a beautiful record of the ancient woodlands that, thanks to good management, have continued to thrive, it also constitutes a practical manual and provides inspiration for those working to preserve our existing ancient woodlands and those managing recently planted woods and planting the trees that will constitute our future woodland heritage.

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