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Managing Forest Ecosystems

Sustaining Young Forest Communities

Ecology and Management of early successional habitats in the central hardwood region, USA

Editors: Greenberg, Cathryn, Collins, Beverly S., Thompson III, Frank (Eds.)

  • Only book in print to focus on early successional habitats and their importance for declining wildlife
  • Addresses multiple aspects of early successional habitats on topics including wildlife, water, carbon storage, natural versus managed disturbance, and how they can be sustainably created and managed in a landscape context
  • Focuses on the upland hardwood forest ecosystem, allowing indepth examinations from multiple perspectives
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About this book

There is a rising concern among natural resource scientists and managers about decline of the many plant and animal species associated with early successional habitats, especially within the Central Hardwood Region.  Open sites with grass, herbaceous, shrub, or incomplete young forest cover are disappearing as abandoned farmland and pastures return to forest and recently harvested or disturbed forests re-grow.  There are many questions about “why, what, where, and how” to manage for early successional habitats.  Tradeoffs among ecological services such as carbon storage, hydrologic processes, forest products, and biotic diversity between young, early successional habitats and mature forest are not fully understood.  Personal values and attitudes regarding forest management for conservation purposes versus "letting nature take its course," complicate finding common ground on whether and how to create or sustain early successional habitats.  In this book, expert scientists and experienced land managers synthesize knowledge and original scientific work to address critical questions sparked by the decline of early successional habitats.  We focus on habitats created by natural disturbances or management of upland hardwood forests and discuss how they can be sustainably created and managed in a landscape context.  Together, chapters written by ecologists, conservationists, and land managers provide a balanced view of how past, current, and future scenarios affect the extent and quality of early successional habitat and implications for ecosystem services and disturbance-dependant plants and animals in upland hardwood forest of the Central Hardwood Region.

 

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book attempts to synthesize information from various fields about early successional habitats to help researchers and resource managers understand, sustain, and protect wildlife and plant species across these ecosystems. … Chapters are thoroughly referenced with citation lists at the end of each. … the book can serve as a useful practical management guide. Includes numerous black-and-white and color photographs, figures, and maps. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (D. L. Richter, Choice, Vol. 49 (6), February, 2012)

“Sustaining Young Forest Communities is a good compilation of knowledge about an important forest ecosystem and belongs on the bookshelf of every natural resource practitioner tasked with managing this important resource. One of the principal benefits for anyone who reads this book is that it provides both a broad overview and a reference source for the various disciplines, particularly for those with which the reader is not familiar, allowing one to gain understanding of the opportunities and issues.” (W. Keith Moser, Journal of Forestry, June, 2012)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: What Are Early Successional Habitats, Why Are They Important, and How Can They Be Sustained?

    Greenberg, Cathryn H. (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Subregional Variation in Upland Hardwood Forest Composition and Disturbance Regimes of the Central Hardwood Region

    McNab, William Henry

    Pages 11-26

  • Natural Disturbances and Early Successional Habitats

    White, Peter S. (et al.)

    Pages 27-40

  • Fire in Eastern Hardwood Forests Through 14,000 Years

    Spetich, Martin A. (et al.)

    Pages 41-58

  • Structure and Species Composition of Upland Hardwood Communities After Regeneration Treatments Across Environmental Gradients

    Loftis, David L. (et al.)

    Pages 59-71

Buy this book

eBook $199.00
price for USA (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-94-007-1620-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $259.00
price for USA
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-94-007-1619-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $259.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3794-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sustaining Young Forest Communities
Book Subtitle
Ecology and Management of early successional habitats in the central hardwood region, USA
Editors
  • Cathryn Greenberg
  • Beverly S. Collins
  • Frank Thompson III
Series Title
Managing Forest Ecosystems
Series Volume
21
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1620-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1620-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1619-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3794-5
Series ISSN
1568-1319
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 312
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