hardcover, 257 p., $59.95
The theme of this book is the diversity of approaches to forestry. Editors Jeffrey Sayer and Stewart Magginnis have collected a series of essays from forestry experts who discuss the challenges to forest management around the world. Departing from traditional organizational operations, foresters are focusing on methods that are based on local conditions, recognizing that there is no single formula that can be used to solve all problems. Ecosystem management, a term for management based on ecological units, has become a prominent strategy that may even include social roles in operational guidance. Whereas foresters used to focus almost exclusively on the economics of timber production from a region, the focal point now is much broader and more practical. It considers all of the people who are concerned with the operations, from the owners and the management to those who make their earnings from the site and the people who dwell in the area. All who are interested in the future of the world’s forests will appreciate this well-organized collection of reports on how countries are solving critical issues of forestry.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden