580 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs
This new edition focuses on the diverse oak forests of the United States. The authors present principles on how to understand and manage oak forests to meet different objectives. These concepts are based on recognising similarities and differences among the various kinds of oak forests. Thus the underlying principles presented are applicable to many, if not most, of the oak forests of the world.
The book draws on the authors' extensive experience and knowledge of the distribution, regeneration ecology, stand dynamics, growth and yield, and traditional as well as new silvicultural practices for multi-resource management. The book covers timber values as well as noncommodity values associated with oak savannas, acorn production, old growth forests, and aesthetics. New and updated sections include information on carbon sequestration, the production of biofuels, impacts of climate change, and insect and disease problems in oak forests including sudden oak death - a recently discovered serious pathogen.
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