Introduction to Forest Ecology and Silviculture - Third Edition (Coil Binding)

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Introduction to Forest Ecology and Silviculture - Third Edition     (Coil Binding)

In 1987 Thom McEvoy received a small grant from the University of Vermont Extension Service through its Renewable Resources Extension Program to develop, deliver, and evaluate an educational program for loggers in Vermont.   The primary subjects of the program were forest ecology and silviculture.  Over the course of the succeeding six years, the three-day curriculum - known as the Silviculture Education for Loggers Project - was delivered three times throughout the state.  About 250 loggers completed the program, nearly half the population of full-time loggers in Vermont.  The program was so successful that it served as a national model pilot program known as LEAP - Logger Education to Advance Professionalism.  From 1991 to 1994 the LEAP Program was piloted in thirteen states representing every major timber type in the U.S.  Now LEAP - although greatly expanded beyond it original ecological focus - is serving as a national model at a time when the forest industry has identified logger education as a primary thrust of its "Sustainable Forestry Initiative."

During the original Silviculture Education for Loggers Project, two booklets were developed for workshop participants.  The first, called "Forest Ecology for Loggers," coauthored with Yury Bihun, was published in 1990.  The second, called "Silviculture Handbook for Loggers," which relied heavily on knowledge from the forest ecology booklet, was published in 1993.  Both publications were well received by a wider-than-intended audience including foresters and forest owners.

In 1994 Brian Stone, Chief of Forest Management, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, asked if it was possible to combine the two publications in such a way as to broaden the audience to include woodland owners, since many forest owners had already found the original booklets useful.  As usually is the case, the project to combine these publications proved more difficult than originally anticipated.  However, the result was truly a hybrid of the earlier works, and yet also a new publication.

The University of Vermont Extension System printed 3,000 copies of the First Edition of this work in 1995.  In less than three years the entire inventory was depleted.  Much to everyone's surprise, the work was used widely outside of Vermont.  The Second Edition, published in 2000 by the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES) was prepared for a broader audience including foresters, forest owners, and as an introductory textbook for college level forestry programs.  Virtually, all of the concepts applied not only to the Northeastern States, but to the entire area from West Virginia to Maine and from Massachusetts to Minnesota.  And although the forest communities, species, and site descriptions probably looked foreign to those outside the northeastern states, the concepts of ecology and silviculture still applied.

In 2013 Forestry Press, Inc. discovered that once again the inventory for the Second Edition was depleted with 7,000 copies being sold since 2000. Forestry Press entered into an agreement with Thom McEvoy to produce an updated Third Edition. This Third Edition has doubled in the number of pages since the Second Edition with text and figures reflecting changes and updates in forest ecology and silviculture since 2000. The Third Edition has been modified to approach forest ecology and silviculture from a national coterminous perspective rather than from a concentration on the Northeast region of the United States.

It is with pride that we publish the Third Edition of Introduction to Forest Ecology and Silviculture. We feel that the Third Edition will be another valuable winner in Forestry Press’s catalog of premium products for the person involved with forestry, trees and the woodlands. We hope this Edition meets your highest expectations and welcome all comments and suggestions for future Editions.

Please note that the book is being published both with perfect binding and spiral binding for the reader's choice.  While most readers think that spiral is cheaper, it is more expensive to produce.  Many readers like the appearance on the book shelf of a perfect binding book, while students in forestry courses prefer the spiral so that the book will remain on the selected page without any effort by the student.



Table of Contents


Note from the Publisher

List of Figures and Tables

Preface and Acknowledgements to 3rd Edition

Chapter 1   Introduction to Forest Ecology

Chapter 2   Forest Site


                    Biological Communities in Forest Soils

                    Nutrient Cycling

                    Characterizing Site Quality

Chapter 3   Forests of North America

Chapter 4   How Forest Trees Grow and Change

                   Basic Tree Biology



                   Branches and Buds


Chapter 5   Forest Succession and Tolerance

Chapter 6   Silvics of Important Timber Species

                    Loblolly pine

                    Douglas fir

                    Black walnut

                    Eastern white pine

                   Northern red oak

                   Sugar maple

Chapter 7   Stress and Disturbance in Forest Ecosystems

Chapter 8   Effects of Changing Climates on Forests

Chapter 9   Ecology of Fall Color

Chapter 10 Introduction to Silviculture

                    Silvicultural Practice in North America

                   Purpose of Silviculture

                         Intermediate Treatments

                         Stocking and Density

                    Silvicultural Systems

                      Even-aged Regeneration Methods


                          Seed Tree


                     Uneven-aged Regeneration Methods


                          Single-tree Selection

                     Developing Silvicultural Prescriptions

                          Evolution of a Prescription

                     Crop Tree Management

                     Practicing Silviculturein Stands Susceptible to ice damage

Chapter 11 Common Silvicultural Myths

                     Working with Foresters and Loggers

Chapter 12 Combining Timber Goals with Other

                    Resource Values

                      Managing Forests for Wildlife

                      Ecosystem Management


                     A.Literature Cited

                     B. Further Reading






 Excerpt from Introduction to Forest Ecology and Silviculture




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  • 5
    Essential Elements in Forest Management

    Posted by Alan Calfee - Forester and Principal - Dorset Vermont on 13th Jan 2015

    McEvoy is able to distill the essential elements of complex topics and relate them to forest management in a way that is very useful for anyone interested in delving into the world of forests and their use and conservation

  • 5
    Ecological Literacy regarding forests

    Posted by Chris Schnepf - Professor and Extension Forester - University of Idaho on 13th Jan 2015

    Aldo Leopold, famed American Ecologist and Forester, encouraged us to 'think like a mountain' when considering ecology and land use. This book provides a valuable primer for anyone to develop ecological literacy regarding forests and our efforts to manage them.

  • 5
    Concepts of Forest Ecology and Silviculture

    Posted by William Hubbard - Southern Regional Extension Forester - University of Georgia on 13th Jan 2015

    The book offered an opportunity to refresh my understanding of concepts I learned in school. But more importantly, it also offered an opportunity to grasp recent changes in our understanding of how forests work and how we can use forests while ensuring sustainability to for future generations. Thom McEvoy does an outstanding job covering the critical components that make these two fields of study so important to today's forest owners, loggers and foresters.

  • 3
    Lots of good information, but frustrating style

    Posted by N/A on 24th May 2014

    I really want to like this book because it presents a wealth of information in a succinct manner. Unfortunately the author's style and tone is very pedantic, almost to the point of disrespect for the reader. This book's style is very much like a high school textbook...complete with special emphasis on difficult words and admonishments to read their definitions in the glossary. I almost expected review questions at the end of each chapter.

    I recommend the old standby "Textbook of Dendrology" by Harlow et. al. and all of Elbert Little's works as alternatives.

    Dear N/A:
    As the title states and implies this book is a INTRODUCTION TO FOREST ECOLOGY AND SILVICULTURE. It was written to help new woodland and forest owners as well as those taking 101 level courses in college. It is in no way intended to insult those like yourself who are advanced in this field. Our guess is that you might be an experienced forester based on your comments. Thank you for the review. If you feel that the book is not worth it, please send your invoice to us for a full questions asked.
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