This volume introduces students and researchers to the fundamental concepts of forestry and conservation, two interrelated disciplines concerned with planning and maintaining forested areas to preserve ecosystems, ensure sustainable use of natural materials, and safeguard genetic diversity. In addition to providing habitats for animals, forests prevent soil erosion, offer watershed protection, and alleviate climate change. Written in accessible language, this volume aims to help readers develop a meaningful understanding of this important and evolving topic.
Topics discussed include:
- Natural vs. man-made forests
- Amazon rainforest
- Deforestation and clear-cutting
- Forest floor decomposition
- Biodiversity management
- Landscape protection
- Genetic engineering and forest tree improvement
- Laws and policies related to forest conservation
The volume also includes a number of helpful appendixes, including a Glossary that defines specialized terms, a Bibliography and list of Further Reading entries, and a Subject Index that offers multiple points of entry for readers. With 125 individual essays, this volume gives readers a solid overview of forestry and conservation and the major concepts and contemporary issues surrounding the field of forestry today.