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Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-Growth Forests

Andrew Barton



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Island Press
18 September 2018
New, groundbreaking science on forests for forest owners and managers.

North American landscapes have been shaped by humans for millennia through fire, agriculture, and hunting. But the arrival of Europeans several centuries ago ushered in an era of rapid conversion of eastern forests to cities, farms, transportation networks, and second-growth woodlands. Recently, numerous remnants of old growth have been discovered, and scientists are developing strategies for their restoration that will foster biological diversity and reduce impacts of climate change. Forest ecologists William Keeton and Andrew Barton bring together an edited volume that breaks new ground in our understanding of eastern old-growth forest ecosystems and their importance for resilience in an age of rapid environmental change. Leading experts examine topics of contemporary forest ecology across a broad geographic canvas in the eastern United States.
By:   Andrew Barton
Imprint:   Island Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   2nd None ed.
ISBN:   9781610918909
ISBN 10:   1610918908
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   18 September 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew M. Barton is Professor of Biology at the University of Maine in Farmington and author of The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods. William S. Keeton is Professor of Forest Ecology and Forestry, is a Fellow in the Gund Institute for Environment, and currently chairs the IUFRO working group on old-growth forests.

Reviews for Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-Growth Forests

An important contribution to the burgeoning literature extolling the virtues of forest complexity. As a compendium of the literature on forest heterogeneity alone, this book is an indispensable reference for scholars and practitioners of ecological forest management. --Gregory H. Aplet, Senior Science Director, The Wilderness Society Finally, a much-needed, up-to-date treatise on the state of old-growth forests in the East. All forest stakeholders should read this book. --Jerry F. Franklin, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-Growth Forests is extremely timely and hugely important. Old-growth forests are quickly disappearing, and global changes mandate that we find new approaches to manage them. Succinctly written by prominent American and Canadian scientists, this book is a must-read for forest professionals and enthusiastic forest lovers everywhere. --Christian Messier, Professor of Forest Ecology, Universite du Quebec a Montreal and Universite du Quebec en Outaouais Breaks new ground in our understanding of ecological systems and their importance for forest resilience in an age of rapid environmental change...This deftly edited volume comprised of 15 erudite contributions by experts in their fields covers a broad geographic canvas, from eastern Canada and the Upper Great Lakes states to the deep south...Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-Growth Forests is a thoughtfully informative treatise that broadly communicates important new discoveries to scientists, land managers, and students, and breathes fresh life into the hope for sensible, effective management of old-growth stands in eastern forests. --Midwest Book Review Fascinating reading and an extremely useful addition to the literature on eastern forest ecology. Students, forest scientists, conservationists, and restorationists will all find much of value here. --Restoration Ecology

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