340 pages, diagrams
This title presents a provocative discussion of old-growth history and future management issues. Old-growth forests represent a lofty ideal as much as an ecosystem - an icon of unspoiled nature, ecological stability, and pristine habitat. These iconic notions have actively altered the way society relates to old-growth forests, catalyzing major changes in policy and management. But how appropriate are those changes and how well do they really serve in reaching conservation goals?
"Old Growth in a New World" untangles the complexities of the old-growth concept and the parallel complexity of old-growth policy and management. It brings together more than two dozen contributors - ecologists, economists, sociologists, managers, historians, silviculturists, environmentalists, timber producers, and philosophers - to offer a broad suite of perspectives on changes that have occurred in the valuing and management of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest over the past thirty years.
The book introduces the issues and history of old-growth values and conservation in the Pacific Northwest; explores old growth through the ideas of leading ecologists and social scientists; and, addresses the implications for the future management of old-growth forests and considers how evolving science and social knowledge might be used to increase conservation effectiveness.By confronting the complexity of the old-growth concept and associated policy and management challenges, "Old Growth in a New World" encourages productive discussion on the future of old growth in the Pacific Northwest and offers options for more effective approaches to conserving forest biodiversity.
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