SpringerBriefs in Ecology

Old Growth Urban Forests

Authors: Loeb, Robert E.

  • For park managers and urban foresters, recognition of particular stands as anthropogenic old growth forest is the initial and primary issue.
  • Anthropogenic old growth forests in urban parks represent an impending crisis for millions of urbanites.
  • Old growth forests, by definition, have existed for centuries (>200 years) and are composed of native species.
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Millions of urbanites never see primeval forests during their lives except for the old growth forests found in urban parks. Unfortunately, these forests are on the verge of disappearing because arboreal reproduction is lost to human trampling and park administrators and urban foresters do not maintain these “natural” forests.
To aid urban foresters and park managers in meeting the challenges, research on old growth forests in urban parks is synthesized in terms of historical ecology to introduce the methods utilized to reveal long-term forest composition changes. The case study of three stands in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA relates pre-chestnut blight tree species densities and post-chestnut blight arboreal changes to fire and visitor trampling. The information gained on how urban old growth forests have developed and changed is used to develop restoration ecology based frameworks to restore species composition and address challenges to forest survival including invasive species.

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From the reviews:

“The author seeks to further expand the use of the term ‘old growth’ to describe certain forests within a metropolitan matrix. … Loeb’s call for understanding the history, condition, and future of our older urban forests, and managing for their continuity, is important and should be well heeded. … Proper understanding and management of mature and old growth urban forests is necessary for their preservation, and Loeb’s book offers us an important window to assist in our efforts at effective stewardship for future generations.” (Robert James Scheff, Castanea, Vol. 77 (1), March, 2012)

“This volume deals with a topic which is very interesting for a deeper understanding of the evolution and the present meaning of old growth urban forests. … This book is a very interesting addition … to the vast literature on urban forests. … accessible and up-to-date volume with much valuable reference material, advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in the field of old and present urban forestry, will find clear explanations of concepts, principles and terminology.” (Francesco Ferrini, International Forestry Review, Vol. 14 (1), 2012)

“This is an excellent little book, which will be of great interest to all those interested in old trees and ancient woods, and especially those in urban environments. … The book is essentially three extended essays written as substantial papers and with very useful reference lists. … The stated intention of the author is to reach out and grab the attention of foresters, ecologists, planners and others, and to focus them on old growth forest and the dynamics of both natural processes and human-forest interactions.” (Ian D. Rotherham, Arboricultural Journal, 2012)

“A fine scholarly contribution within limits, the book develops underpinnings for interpreting forest dynamics and ecological approaches for urban canopy systems and associated urban vegetation management. … This ecological brief certainly lays groundwork for future discussion and study. The text represents a needed step in developing an urban context for evaluating forest community dynamics. … Key for this text is the role of the benchmark set of species in both defining an old growth urban forest and conferring value for conservation and ecological consideration.” (Jason C. Grabosky, Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, Vol. 38 (6), November, 2012)

“The primary aim of this book is to raise awareness of old growth urban forests and prescribe research and management goals to improve their conservation and management. … This book is recommended to those with an interest in urban ecology or historical ecology. It will perhaps be most relevant to those working in these fields in North America. The case studies and research presented are drawn from local examples, synthesising historical literature with long-term ecological studies into a more accessible format.” (Tricia Wevill, Austral Ecology, Vol. 37 (e21), 2012)


Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • What and Where Are Old Growth Urban Forests?

    Loeb, Robert E.

    Pages 1-14

  • Historical Continuity

    Loeb, Robert E.

    Pages 15-53

  • Partnerships, Adaptive Management, and Restoration for Historical Continuity

    Loeb, Robert E.

    Pages 55-71

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
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Softcover $49.95
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-0582-5
  • with online files
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Old Growth Urban Forests
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Ecology
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0583-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0583-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0582-5
Series ISSN
2192-4759
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 78
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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