New Books on Forest Landscape Restoration

Two new books link natural and social sciences

U.S. Forest Service scientists made significant contributions to two related books recently published by Springer:  Forest Landscape Restoration: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences and A Goal-Oriented Approach to Forest landscape Restoration.

Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) scientist John Stanturf served as lead editor on both books, along with Palle Madsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and David Lamb (University of Queensland, Australia). The books resulted from an International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) meeting held in Seoul, South Korea, that was organized by Stanturf with funding from the Korea Forest Research Institute and Forest Service Research and Development. All together 105 authors from 12 countries were involved.

The first book, Forest Landscape Restoration, provides an integrated and multidisciplinary view of forest landscape restoration, which has emerged in developing countries because the approach is both large-scale and focused on meeting human needs. The book brings together experts in landscape studies, natural resource management and forest restoration, together with those experienced in conflict management, environmental economics and urban studies.     

A Goal-Oriented Approach to Forest Landscape Restoration draws together experts from natural and social science to discuss successes in addressing issues such as biodiversity, ecological function, and human livelihoods. The book presents a series of case studies which document the forest landscape restoration approach, and discuss how it can help with priority setting in the future. 

Chapters from both books with SRS contributing authors include:

  • What is Forest Landscape Restoration?John Stanturf;
  • Non-Native Plants and Adaptive Collaborative Approaches to Ecosystem Restoration in the USJohn Schelhas and Jim Miller;
  • Restoring Fire-Adapted Forests in Eastern North America for Biodiversity Conservation and Hazardous Fuels ReductionRoss Phillips and Tom Waldrop;
  • Forest Landscape Restoration: Linkages with Stream Fishes of the Southern United States –  Melvin Warren; and
  • Restoration of Southern Pine Forests after the Southern Pine BeetleKier Klepzig.

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