Forests are valued not only for their economic potential, but also for the biodiversity they contain, the ecological services they provide, and the recreational, cultural, and spiritual opportunities they provide. The Ecological Forest Management Handbook provides a comprehensive summary of interrelated topics in the field, including management concepts, forest models, and ecological indicators. Featuring contributions from experts on the three main forest types-boreal, temperate, and tropical-this book presents in-depth coverage of important issues in ecological forest management and includes case studies addressing ecological and socioeconomic issues. It illustrates how ecological forest management is a complex process that requires broad ecological knowledge while giving readers a deeper understanding of basic principles and applications.
"Any student of forest science will appreciate the scope of topics and detailed analysis presented here. As editor, and author, Dr. Larocque has brought together experts representing many parts of the world along with a diversity of knowledge, perspectives and experience. The integration of basic concepts with the tools and techniques of modelling is strengthened-and grounded-by the thoughtful discussion of indicators and their role in maintaining forest health and productivity. Effective ecological forest management requires practitioners who can integrate all these domains; this book can help." -Nancy Luckai, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada "This is a comprehensive assessment of ecological forest management. The book presents a range of perspectives on the topic from a variety of respected and internationally-recognized authors. The range of topics covered, which includes carbon, wildlife, climate change, and modeling, is impressive and relevant to a wide audience. A great book for practitioners, researchers, and students interested in the topic. Highest compliments to the authors for their accomplishment." -Aaron Weiskittel, University of Maine, Orono, USA "Forest ecosystems are among the most important ecosystems of the globe because they are widely distributed on the land surface on almost all latitudes. They have lately attracted particular attention because they are important participants in the global carbon cycle and play a major role in our effort to abate global warming. Furthermore, forest ecosystems offer indispensable ecosystem services to humans, which we need to understand and fully appreciate. Ecological Forest Management Handbook gives a comprehensive overview of the management tools we have in our hands to perform an up-to-date ecological-socio-economic management of forest ecosystems. It gives an excellent survey of the ecosystems concepts, the ecosystem services, the ecological management models, the ecologic