Continuous Cover Forestry

Managing Forest Ecosystems

Book 23
Springer Science & Business Media
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Although the majority of the world’s forest ecosystems are dominated by uneven-sized multi-species stands, forest management practice and theory has focused on the development of plantation monocultures to maximize the supply of timber at low cost. Societal expectations are changing, however, and uneven-aged multi-species ecosystems, selectively managed as Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF), are often believed to be superior to monocultures in addressing a wide range of expectations. This book presents methods which are relevant to CCF management and planning: analysing forest structures, silvicultural and planning, economic evaluation, based on examples in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America.
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Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Oct 14, 2011
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Pages
296
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ISBN
9789400722026
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economics / General
Business & Economics / Environmental Economics
Business & Economics / Operations Research
Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Nature / Natural Resources
Science / Life Sciences / Horticulture
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / Forestry
Technology & Engineering / Environmental / General
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