Type: Book

Achieving sustainable management of boreal and temperate forests


Dr John Stanturf is a former Senior Scientist at the Center for Forest Disturbance Science at the US Forest Service. He is Adjunct Professor of Forestry at both Auburn and Mississippi Universities in the USA. Dr Stanturf has also received an Honorary Doctorate from the Estonian University of Life Sciences for his contribution to forest restoration and has published widely on forest ecosystem disturbance and restoration around the world.



Publication date:

29 October 2019

Length of book:

540 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762924

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This collection reviews current research on balancing commercial use with the range of ecosystem services delivered by boreal and temperate forests.

Chapters survey advances in understanding forest ecophysiology, including mechanisms of root and canopy development and the way forest tress react to abiotic stress. The book also discusses current understanding of the ecosystem services that forests deliver and how they can be balanced with activities such as logging. Building on this foundation, it then reviews advances in sustainable forest management techniques, including improvements in breeding, monitoring forest health, innovations in planting, stand management and regeneration as well as harvesting/felling. The book also reviews ways of managing, insect and fungal pests as well as natural hazards. The final section of the book assesses sustainable ways of developing and diversifying forest products, including novel uses of timber, biomass, non-timber products and recreational services.

Key features

  • Focuses on advances in understanding forest ecophysiology which underpin good management, including mechanisms of root and canopy development.
  • Explores the key challenges in ensuring forest management is consistent with forest ecosystem services, particularly managing the transition from monocultures to complex stands
  • Highlights ways of diversifying forest products, including novel uses of timber, biomass, non-timber products and recreational services.

What others are saying...

'This book will make a useful contribution to the world’s knowledge and future research directions for sustainable forest management. Dr Stanturf has once again assembled an excellent, international group of scientists to compile an in-depth volume. The subjects to be covered and the experts chosen mean the book will long be used to understand the many building blocks of the sciences behind sustainable forest management.'
Chad Oliver, Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, Yale University, USA

Table of contents

1.Introduction: what is sustainable forestry?: Phil Burton, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada;

Part 1 Tree physiology
2.Advances in understanding root development in forest trees: Donato Chiatante, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Italy;
3.Advances in understanding canopy development in forest trees: W. Keith Moser, US Forest Service, USA;
4.Advances in understanding the response of forest trees to abiotic stress: Andreas Bolte, Thünen Institute, Germany;

Part 2 Forest ecosystem services and climate change
5.Advances in understanding forestry ecosystem services: role in carbon capture: Matt McGrath, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE), France;
6.Trade-offs between management and conservation in the provision of forest ecosystem services: the case of the forests of southern Patagonia: Guillermo Martínez Pastur, CONICET, Argentina;
7.Advances in understanding forestry ecosystem services: role in conserving biodiversity: Anne Oxbrough, Edge Hill University, UK;
8.The impact of climate change on forest systems: W. Keith Moser, US Forest Service, USA;

Part 3 Breeding and management
9.Key challenges in forest management: Donald Grebner, Mississippi State University, USA;
10.Advances in monitoring forest growth and health: Andrew Lister, US Forest Service, USA;
11.Transitioning monocultures to complex forest stands in Central Europe: principles and practice: Hans Pretzsch, Technical University of Munich, Germany;
12.Innovations in planting/stand establishment: Christophe Orazio, European Forest Institute, France;
13.Advances in nutrient and water management in forestry: Dan Neary, US Forest Service, USA;
14.Advances in stand management and regeneration: Thomas Dean, Louisiana State University, USA;
15.Innovations in forest harvesting/felling techniques: Woodam Chung, Oregon State University, USA;

Part 4 Pests, diseases and other hazards
16.Advances in understanding and managing insect pests of forest trees: Barbara Bentz, US Forest Service, USA;
17.Advances in understanding and managing fungal and other diseases of forest trees: Tod Ramsfield, Natural Resources Canada, Canada;
18.Advances in monitoring and managing natural hazards/forest disturbances: John Stanturf, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia;

Part 5 Developing forest products and services
19.Developing forestry products: timber: David Nicholls, US Forest Service, USA;
20.Developing non-timber forest products: James Chamberlain, US Forest Service, USA;
21.Emerging technologies to develop new forest products: Tatjana Stevanovic, Laval University, Canada;
22.Developing forestry recreation services: John Daigle, University of Maine, USA;