This book is the long expected summary of today’s knowledge of forest growth and yield science. Comprising methods of growth and yield studies, growth and yield theories including their most recent developments, and examples, based on a plenty of long term experiments, this is not only an important textbook for students but as well a must for everybody dealing with or at least interested in forest growth and yield science.
Hubert Sterba, BOKU University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
"Forest Dynamics, Growth and Yield" is an excellent treatise focusing on the complex and variable forest ecosystems in central Europe. Following on the success of his earlier works in the German language, Hans Pretzsch once again provides a highly readable and informative English textbook forstudents, scientists and practitioners alike. An impressive contribution to the international literature on domesticated ecosystems.
Klaus von Gadow, Faculty of Forestry and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen
Forest Dynamics, Growth and Yield is one of the most significant texts on forest modelling and forest production research of our time. It is based on the rich source of experience from science and forestry practice in Central Europe and provides an excellent and comprehensive overview of forest production principles and contemporary modelling approaches. The book is an essential reference for students as well as research scientists.
Jens Peter Skovsgaard, Professor of Silviculture and IUFRO Board Member, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
A tour de force of forest growth and yield by one of the world’s leading growth and yield experts from the country that developed this branch of forest science. The history, production ecology, field study methodology and modelling of this fundamental aspect of forest management are presented in a densely illustrated and easy to read treatise. Empirically-based traditional approaches are linked to population ecology, but considered at the ecosystem level, recognizing the key roles of biological legacies, disturbance and the physical environmental determinants of tree growth and stand development. The linkage of traditional long term field trials and ecosystem-level modelling reflects the current trend in growth and yield science. This is a must read for silviculturists, environmentalists and all others interested in sustainable management of forests for multiple values.
J. P. (Hamish) Kimmins, Professor Emeritus of Forest Ecology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Ideal for use in graduate-level forestry courses, this book also provides ready access to a plethora of reference material for researchers working in growth and yield modeling.
In the past, lack of understanding at the nexus between the forest sector on the one hand and strategic management on the other, has led to failures in many countries to realise the potential that forest sector development offers. This important new book adopts a more holistic approach to propose a new theoretical framework for this once traditional sector; one which reconciles current thinking in strategic management with natural resource management.
The book will provide a valuable resource for both forestry professionals – particularly those in managerial positions in government departments and forest services throughout the world – and for advanced students and researchers exploring the issues around forest sector administration. The latter will include researchers from a range of backgrounds, including forestry, ecology, geography, conservation, rural development, economics, forest or environmental policy, social studies and public affairs, and will be of particular interest to groups adopting an interdisciplinary approach to forestry issues.
Michael Gane has previously taught at the Universities of Oxford and Bradford and was the Director of what is now English Nature between 1974 and 1980. He has since worked as a consultant on a wide range of forest economics and planning projects worldwide, particularly in collaboration with the FAO.