By: HC Dawkins and MS Philip
359 pages, B/w photos, tabs, map
Silviculture in tropical forests has a long history going back many centuries and active management for timber production began about two hundred years ago. This book provides a valuable overview of the evidence regarding both sustainable and destructive forestry practices in these forests over this considerable period.
"This detailed history of tropical forestry was written by two foresters with extensive field experience, and who also show some sensitivity to ecological issues. H C Dawkins died in 1992, before he could complete his draft. From Dawkins's outline and incomplete draft, M S Philip completed the task and updated the information into the mid-1990s. The term 'tropical moist forest' (TMF) is defined here as low-elevation forests (to about 1500m) with ample rainfall, seasonal or year-round. It includes the tropical rain forests proper, floodplain forests, and the deciduous monsoon forests of Asia (which were included by Philip because of the importance of teak to the timber industry). . . . As a source of information on the history of silvicultural practices in the tropics, this book has no equal and should be read by anyone who is interested in tropical forest issues. It also clearly enunciates and discusses some of the debatable issues for the future."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
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