Introduction to World Forestry: People and Their Trees

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"Introduction to World Forestry", covers all aspects of the world's forests past, present and future. The book is divided into five parts. Part one describes the evolution of trees, their biochemistry, and their ecological importance in both rural and urban environments. In its concluding section, the author compares the different methods of forest management, past and present, and showns just how small the number of managed forests in the world still is. Part two is concerned with the human impact on forests from the slash and burn activities of the earliest groups, to the European assault on the tropical forests, and eviction of local populations. This assault, begun in the sixteenth century, is continued today by multi-national companies and landowners. The author continues in part three with his examination of the state of the world's forests, comparing forest cover in the different continents. In the fourth part of the book, the author considers the main issues of global forest ecology. In the rich countries of the world, forests are expanding, as wood consumption soars. Yet, in the countrie s of Europe, the USSR, North America and Japan, governments have yet to develop coherent policies for the future of their nations' forests, despite growing appreciation of their recreational, scientific and cultural value. In the developing world, forests are shrinking. Jack Westoby evinces the causes and effects of deforestation and desertification and outlines strategies for forest renewal. The author concludes by expounding the notions of social forestry and agro-forestry. He puts forward a clearly-defined view of the ecological and social responsibilities of foresters, and the role forestry must play in both developing and developed countries today and in the future. The book is relevant to first year university students of forestry and development. Also, general readers interested in forestry and conser vation issues.

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This outstanding book is a history of the forests of the world, a description of their present state, and an assessment of their prospects in the future. Written in a straightforward, readable style and from a position of wide knowledge and intense commitment, it is addressed to all those interested in forests, whether for professional reasons or out of individual concern. The book opens with a description of the evolution of trees, their biochemistry, and their ecological importance in both global and local terms. The author compares the different methods of forest management, past and present, and considers why so few of the forests of the world are managed. He then examines the human impact on forests, from slash-and-burn activities to the accelerating assault on tropical forests. He describes and assesses the current state of the world's forests and considers the issues of forest ecology in both the developed and developing world. Jack Westoby concludes with a critique of current Western development policies for the future of forests, and puts forward a programme that would take account of the scientific, cultural and economic needs of present and future generations. Jack Westoby died in 1988, shortly after completing this book. It is expected that an Educational Trust will be set up which will receive all royalties from his writings, and which will be based at: The Oxford Forestry Institute, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RB.

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Jack Westoby was former Senior Director of the Department of Forestry at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Association and the Society of American Foresters, and Foreign Member of Finland, Italy and Sweden. Statistician and economist with UK Board of Trade, he joined UN's FAO and subsequently became Senior Director in Dept of Forestry. Jack Westoby died in September 1988.

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