Growing Plantation Forests

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 2, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 304 pages

Plantation forests are grown to supply wood and to provide environmental benefits, such as waste disposal, rehabilitation of degraded sites, enhancement of regional biodiversity and reduction of logging in native forests. In a highly readable fashion, this book describes the scientific principles which are used throughout the world to ensure rapid, healthy plantation growth. It is written for a world-wide audience, from forestry professionals and scientists through to small plantation growers, to describe how plantations may be grown responsibly and profitably.

 

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Contents

Plantation Forests
1
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2
Biology of Plantation Growth
9
Growth Rates and Wood Quality
25
Choosing the Species and Site
45
Establishment
55
Nutrient Management 85
84
Stand Density and Initial Spacing
103
Pruning
137
Pests 155
154
Diseases
177
Tree Breeding 191
190
MixedSpecies Plantations
219
References 235
270
Conversion Factors
289
Copyright

Thinning
121

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About the author (2006)

Professor Phil West has been a forest scientist for over 30 years. His research specialities concern the growth behaviour of forests. He is presently a forestry consultant and teaches both plantation forestry and forest measurement in the forestry school of Southern Cross University in northern New South Wales, Australia.

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