Forests in Our Changing World: New Principles for Conservation and Management (Paperback)

Forests in Our Changing World: New Principles for Conservation and Management By Dr. Joe Landsberg, PhD, Dr. Richard Waring, PhD Cover Image

Forests in Our Changing World: New Principles for Conservation and Management (Paperback)


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Scientists tell us that climate change is upon us and the physical world is changing quickly with important implications for biodiversity and human well-being. Forests cover vast regions of the globe and serve as a first line of defense against the worst effects of climate change, but only if we keep them healthy and resilient.

Forests in Our Changing World tells us how to do that. Authors Joe Landsberg and Richard Waring present an overview of forests around the globe, describing basic precepts of forest ecology and physiology and how forests will change as earth’s climate warms. Drawing on years of research and teaching, they discuss the values and uses of both natural and plantation-based forests. In easy-to-understand terms, they describe the ecosystem services forests provide, such as clean water and wildlife habitat, present economic concepts important to the management and policy decisions that affect forests, and introduce the use of growth-and-yield models and remote-sensing technology that provide the data behind those decisions.

This book is a useful guide for undergraduates as well as managers, administrators, and policy makers in environmental organizations and government agencies looking for a clear overview of basic forest processes and pragmatic suggestions for protecting the health of forests.
Richard Waring is emeritus Distinguished Professor of Forest Science at Oregon State University. In his long career, he has held guest and visiting professorships at leading institutions around the world, and has served as administrator of a NASA program exploring land-atmosphere interactions and as a long-term consultant to NASA on forest modeling projects.
Product Details ISBN: 9781610914963
ISBN-10: 1610914961
Publisher: Island Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2014
Pages: 224
Language: English
"Forests in Our Changing World provides an insight and sobering look at the status of our forests. Forestry professionals, land managers, naturalists, ecologists, and students of these subjects will appreciate this work."

— Wildlife Activist

"In just seven chapters this readable book presents an overview of the whole gamut of forestry and forest-related activities today and looks to the future in a changing world."

— BC Forest Professional

"The book offers much food for thought regarding the future of these ecosystems."


"Forests in Our Changing World is a useful primer that will introduce students and the interested public to the field of forestry."

— San Francisco Book Review"

"As a primer on forests, forestry, and forest conservation in today’s world, it is an excellent choice...Landsberg and Waring have done an outstanding job presenting the complexity of world forests in an understandable way."
— Restoration Ecology

"A first-class introduction to current practices and emerging challenges in forestry."
— EcoForestry

"Based on a deep knowledge of the physiology and ecology of forests, with a focus on the tensions between managing for their ecosystem service values and immediate economic values, this is an excellent, authoritative book on what is needed to maintain and use forests in a rapidly changing world."

— Brian Walker

"Global forests provide wood, but also ecosystem services such as clean water, carbon storage, and biodiversity. Forests in Our Changing World explains the complex interactions between forests and their environment and highlights the risks of nonsustainable management."

— Sune Linder

"Two experienced researchers and teachers bring together a deep understanding of how forests work and a sobering look at their status in a rapidly changing world. Landsberg and Waring combine history, science, and clear thinking about the future in a book that will be a valuable addition to introductory classes at the college level."

— John Aber