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Maintaining Biodiversity in Forest Ecosystems
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The maintenance of the earth's biological diversity is widely seen as both necessary for ecosystem integrity and aesthetically desirable. This book focuses on how biodiversity can be maintained in forested ecosystems, particularly in those forests that are subject to timber harvesting. At the core of the book lies the concept that diversity should be conserved in all its forms, from the smallest microbes to the largest trees, and at all levels of organization, from genes, through to whole ecosystems. Introductory chapters on biodiversity and ecological forestry lead on to sections dealing with management at the macro (landscape) and micro (stand) levels. A concluding section considers socio-economic and policy perspectives which inform an overall synthesis and framework for the implementation of successful management practices. Thirty-three experts from ten countries contribute to this thorough and comprehensive account, providing a broad-based perspective which will be of interest internationally.


‘Malcolm Hunter has provided us with an excellent volume covering the important topical areas of managing forests for biological diversity. … A ‘must read’ volume for scientists, students and managers involved with managing forests for biological diversity.’

Jerry F. Franklin

‘I believe that this pioneering effort will find its way into the classrooms of the Academy and into the libraries of scholars of forestry and wildlife management. More important yet, I predict that this book will significantly influence practitioners of the rapidly evolving art and science of ecosystem management.’

Jack Ward Thomas - from the Foreword

‘… a valuable reference tool for natural resource managers, students, and scientists who are interested in learning more about maintaining forest diversity and ecosystem management.’

Source: BIOSIS

‘… the book adds useful information to the sustainable forestry debate, helping to bolster informed opinion on other aspects of forestry than just sustainable timber production. It should appeal to a broad range of readers.’

Source: Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

‘… it is encouraging to read a book about the work of so many foresters and ecologists who are trying to work positively for the environment. I hope that this most informative volume about the natural history, biodiversity and scientific studies of the environment will be heeded.’

Sir Ghillean Prance Source: The Times Higher Education Supplement

‘… a useful addition to the libraries of teachers and mentors of aspiring conservation professionals everywhere.’

Source: Ecology

‘… an important contribution … reading this book changed my way of thinking about forestland management, in a very constructive way.’

Richard A. Lancia

‘Overall, I was impressed with the book - with the freshness of the approach, relative modernity of the information; by the consistency between the chapters; and by the attempt to make the material relevant and stimulating … It deserves wide readership amongst managers, researchers and students.’

Source: Institute of Chartered Foresters

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