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Books on all aspects of sustainable forestry and protecting forests and forest ecosystems. Specific topics include protecting old growth temperate rainforests, protecting tropical rainforests, sustainable logging practices, sustainable wood and lumber certification, threats to forest ecosystems and strategies to protect those ecosystems, forest restoration, reforestation, and tree planting, sustainable paper products, paper and wood recycling, wood as a biofuel, and urban forestry.

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Forest Certification in Sustainable Development: Healing the Landscape. By Chris Maser. Highlights the history, importance, and rewards of forest certification. Discusses the issues involved in mainstream forestry as it is currently practiced, and what can be done to create sustainable forestry. For example, Home Depot has committed to giving preference to selling "certified wood" proven to come from forests that meet certain sustainablility standards. Retailers and vendors can offer wood certified through the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and FSC accredited organizations. As Kindle | More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Forest Certification in Sustainable Development: Healing the Landscape. By Chris Maser

A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization. By John Perlin. Offers a comprehensive history of the contributions that wood has made to the growth of civilization - as fuel, material for houses, ships and wagons, as support for digging mines and as molds for crafting other materials. Also covers the effects of deforestation on the development of civilization. Describes the deforestation of Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, the West Indies, and the United States by kings, warlords, and robber barons. As Kindle | More... | John Perlin EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Watershed: The Undamming of America

Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest. By Chris Maser. This classic work traces an old-growth forest in Oregon's Cascade Mountains from its fiery birth in the year 987 to the present, when logging threatens it and its inhabitants. A unique "biography" of an ecosystem, Forest Primeval encompasses a thousand years of natural history and evolution. It portrays a diverse fabric of plants, animals, and microorganisms working in unison. Arguing that our survival is intertwined with the forests, it makes the case for the immediate global implementation of restoration forestry. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest

The Insatiable Bark Beetle. By Reese Halter. Beetles are killing billions of mature conifers throughout western North America and around the world. In areas where cold temperatures have in the past prevented these insects from thriving, our once-healthy but now water-starved trees are becoming more and more vulnerable. With parts of both our environment and our economy at stake, this book provides information on the types of beetles involved, descriptions of the ecosystems they inhabit, and a look at the future humanity may face if climate change continues to drive the spread of bark beetles. As Kindle | More… | Reese Halter EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Insatiable Bark Beetle

The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise. By Jim L. Bowyer. Resistance to extraction of raw materials in rich areas (with high per capita consumption and “not in my backyard” attitudes) produces a heavy reliance on raw materials from less developed nations. This leads to what has been aptly described as environmental imperialism. Unawareness, denial, and hypocrisy combine to allow developed nations to ignore the environmental impacts of materials extraction in less developed nations. This permits developed nations the illusion that they can have high consumption without correspondingly high environmental impacts. More… | Jim L. Bowyer EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise

Luminous Mountains: The Sierra Nevada of California. By Tim Palmer. An evocative portrait of the whole Sierra Nevada range. Award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer captures the dazzling variety and enchantment of this revered and exquisite place, revealing the essence of the Sierra in a way that has never been done before. With 135 stunning photographs and engaging text, he guides us through the stormy white depths of winter and into ancient green forests suffused with life. With knowledge gleaned from decades of experience, he writes of the intricate workings of nature. More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Luminous Mountains: The Sierra Nevada of California

Our Forest Legacy: Today's Decisions, Tomorrow's Consequences. By Chris Maser. This critique and history of U.S. forest policy and law asks why forests are essential to society. It examines the ecological history of forest systems to convey the necessity of a "living trust" between the forests and humanity. Key aspects of forests, such as nutrient cycles, weather patterns, and air filtering, are discussed in terms of their effects on us. A look at human interactions with forests, including fires and the creation of the U.S. Forest Service, illustrates how we have often acted to the forest's detriment. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Our Forest Legacy: Today's Decisions, Tomorrow's Consequences

Passionate Vision: Discovering Canada's National Parks. By Roberta Bondar. An exquisite photographic portrait of forty-one Canadian national parks, revealing the essence of Canada's rugged, intricate and fragile natural endowment. More than 100 photographs, including six stunning images from space, both of familiar places and little-known wilderness, are interwoven with words about the land by explorers, poets, ecologists and naturalists such as Rachel Carson, Ansel Adams and Wade Davis. More… | Roberta Bondar EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Passionate Vision: Discovering Canada's National Parks

Trees & Forests of America. By Tim Palmer. An unprecedented collection of 200 stunning photographs with text celebrating the exquisite beauty of nature and explaining why trees and forests are important to all life. In this remarkable volume of unaltered photos, it is easy to get lost in sunbeams shining through green canopies or in the sky-reaching rise of the largest living organisms on earth. Palmer captures the beauty of America from one coast to the other as he treks, skis, and paddles across the country. More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Rivers of America

Trees, Truffles, and Beasts: How Forests Function. By Chris Maser. This book makes a compelling case that there's much more to forests than meets the eye. Comparing forests in the Northwestern United States and the Southeastern mainland of Australia, it shows how easily observable species – trees and mammals – are part of a complicated structure that includes fungi, lichens, and organisms invisible to the naked eye. It shows that forests are far more complicated than most of us think, and that while simplistic policies will not save them, understanding their biophysical interconnections just might. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Trees, Truffles, and Beasts: How Forests Function

Children’s Books

Are Trees Alive? By Debbie S. Miller. And so begins a conversation between the author and her daughter that leads to a remarkable discovery: Trees are like children in so many ways! They may look very different from people, but trees have roots that hold them to the ground like feet and leaves that blow in the wind like hair. Their bark even comes in different colors, just like our skin. More… | Debbie S. Miller EcoSpeakers Info >>

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Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry. Lead photographer Daniel Dancer. From air and ground, the 35 photographers whose vivid work is gathered here document the devastation clear-cut forestry has caused across Canada and the U.S. (Dancer was lead photographer.) This volume doesn't just show the destruction of clearcutting but offers solutions. More… | Daniel Dancer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Forest Products and Wood Science: An Introduction. By Jim L. Bowyer et al. A completely revised and updated edition of this venerable classic. Expanding and updating key data, the new edition provides students, wood scientists, and product professionals with a comprehensive overview of the anatomical and physical nature of wood and the relationship of these characteristics to its uses. With updated research findings and expanded discussions of key areas in wood science that reflect the changing face of the forest products industry, this text will continue to be indispensable for both students and professionals. More… | Jim L. Bowyer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Inside the Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest: Exploring the Heart of Central Africa. By Francesca Lyman. Follows a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers as they search for the elusive lowland gorilla, rare birds, leopards, a universe of insects, not to mention the powerful elephants for whom the forest is named. More… | Francesca Lyman EcoSpeakers Info >>

Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery. By Jim Motavalli. Knowles was an ex-Navy man, friend of the Sioux, and hunting guide who stepped nearly naked into the woods to live off the land. From 1913 to 1916, his dispatches – alternating accounts of bear clubbing and quiet contemplation, written in charcoal on pieces of birch bark – set off major newspaper wars, exploiting fears of modernization. Did Knowles really survive for months in the untamed wilderness? Part adventure story, part cultural investigation, Naked in the Woods reveals a new dimension of our natural history. More… | Jim Motavalli EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Redesigned Forest. By Chris Maser. Explains the natural design of a forest, and how science and technology have tried to change that design by replanting with monocultures, short lifespan recutting, and through the use of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. A challenge to the way in which the forest lands of northwest North America are managed, and a call to arms for fundamental reform of our policy toward old-growth forests. Offers alternatives to our current practices, realistic and practical approaches that would allow for sustained forest use. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

Sustainable Forestry: Philosophy, Science, and Economics. By Chris Maser. This book describes the ecological characteristics of forests and discusses the science and technology of forestry. It also deals with current management problems within the forestry profession, beginning with university training and ending with dysfunction in land management agencies. Topics such as forest planning, establishing an environmental vision, and resolving conflicts are also discussed. Maser concludes with a discussion of the possibilities for sustainable forestry into the twenty-first century, specifically discussing adaptive ecosystem management. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

More From Resellers

Checklist Of Vertebrate Animals Of The Cascade Head Experimental Forest. By Chris Maser.

Fungal-Small Mammal Interrelationships With Emphasis On Oregon Coniferous Forests. By Chris Maser.

The Seen and Unseen World of the Fallen Tree. By Chris Maser.

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