Chadwick Dearing Oliver and Bruce A. Larson
This book describes the various growth patterns of forests from a mechanistic point of view. Its purpose is to help silviculturists and forest managers understand and anticipate how forests grow and respond to intentional manipulations and natural disturbances . Demands on the forest have been increasing for timber production, wildlife habitat, water protection, recreation, and protection from fires, insects, and diseases. These demands have created an emphasis on prescribing site-specific treatments for individual stands of trees, rather than treating broad areas uniformly.
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