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Certification of Forest Products. Edited by Virgilio Viana et al. This volume traces the history of certification, the development of an agreed upon set of forest management principles, and the various certification programs currently underway. More...

Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry. By Daniel Dancer. From air and ground, the 35 photographers whose vivid work is gathered here document the devastation clear-cut forestry has caused across Canada and the U.S. This volume doesn't just show the destruction of clearcutting but offers solutions. More… | Daniel Dancer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Common Sense Forestry. By Hans W. Morsbach. Discusses planting trees and how to maintain them. Explains what seedlings to buy, the relative advantages of monoculture or mixed planting, the payback for planting and maintaining trees, seeding, hiring a consultant, and the economics of woodland ownership. The history and success of German forestry methods is discussed, and lessons are drawn from these age-old practices. More...

Forest Certification in Sustainable Development: Healing the Landscape. By Chris Maser and Walter Smith. Highlights the history, importance, and rewards of forest certification. Discusses the issues involved in mainstream forestry as it is currently practiced, and what can be done to create sustainable forestry. For example, Home Depot has committed to giving preference to selling "certified wood" proven to come from forests that meet certain sustainablility standards. Retailers and vendors can offer wood certified through the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and FSC accredited organizations. As Kindle | More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization. By John Perlin. Offers a comprehensive history of the contributions that wood has made to the growth of civilization - as fuel, material for houses, ships and wagons, as support for digging mines and as molds for crafting other materials. Also covers the effects of deforestation on the development of civilization. Describes the deforestation of Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, the West Indies, and the United States by kings, warlords, and robber barons. As Kindle | More... | John Perlin EcoSpeakers Info >>

Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest. By Chris Maser. This classic work traces an old-growth forest in Oregon's Cascade Mountains from its fiery birth in the year 987 to the present, when logging threatens it and its inhabitants. A unique "biography" of an ecosystem, Forest Primeval encompasses a thousand years of natural history and evolution. It portrays a diverse fabric of plants, animals, and microorganisms working in unison. Arguing that our survival is intertwined with the forests, it makes the case for the immediate global implementation of restoration forestry. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

Forest Products and Wood Science: An Introduction. By Jim L. Bowyer, Rubin Shmulsky, and John G. Haygreen. A completely revised and updated edition of this venerable classic. Expanding and updating key data, the new edition provides students, wood scientists, and product professionals with a comprehensive overview of the anatomical and physical nature of wood and the relationship of these characteristics to its uses. With updated research findings and expanded discussions of key areas in wood science that reflect the changing face of the forest products industry, this text will continue to be indispensable for both students and professionals. More… | Jim L. Bowyer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Positive Impact Forestry: A Sustainable Approach To Managing Woodlands. By Thomas J. McEvoy. A primer for private woodland owners and managers on managing forests to protect both ecological and economic vitality. Explains the current state of forestry science topics such as soils, tree roots, and the effects of different harvesting methods on trees, soil organisms, and sites. Also offers advice on financial, legal, and management issues, ranging from finding the right forestry professionals to managing for products other than timber. As Kindle | More...

The Redesigned Forest. By Chris Maser. Explains the natural design of a forest, and how science and technology have tried to change that design by replanting with monocultures, short lifespan recutting, and through the use of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. A challenge to the way in which the forest lands of northwest North America are managed, and a call to arms for fundamental reform of our policy toward old-growth forests. Offers alternatives to our current practices, realistic and practical approaches that would allow for sustained forest use. More... | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

Sustainable Forestry: From Monitoring and Modelling to Knowledge Management and Policy Science. Edited by K. Renolds et al. In the context of forest sustainability, presents the issues related to both global climate change and conservation of biodiversity. It highlights four methodologies and shows how they contribute in overcoming ecological challenges. The practical experience presented can be applied to the implementation of successful sustainable forestry policies. More...

Trees & Forests of America. By Tim Palmer. An unprecedented collection of 200 stunning photographs with text celebrating the exquisite beauty of nature and explaining why trees and forests are important to all life. In this remarkable volume of unaltered photos, it is easy to get lost in sunbeams shining through green canopies or in the sky-reaching rise of the largest living organisms on earth. More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Twenty Ninth Day. By Lester Brown. Covers the major trends that are bringing us ever closer to limits – the growing gap between population and food supply, deforestation, desertification, pollution and its effect on climate, energy, and resource depletion. On each a wealth of data is provided. More…

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