The Shadow of Civilization

Author: Robert Pogue Harrison

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226318059

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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In this wide-ranging exploration of the role of forests in Western thought, Robert Pogue Harrison enriches our understanding not only of the forest's place in the cultural imagination of the West, but also of the ecological dilemmas that now confront us so urgently. Consistently insightful and beautifully written, this work is especially compelling at a time when the forest, as a source of wonder, respect, and meaning, disappears daily from the earth. "Forests is one of the most remarkable essays on the human place in nature I have ever read, and belongs on the small shelf that includes Raymond Williams' masterpiece, The Country and the City. Elegantly conceived, beautifully written, and powerfully argued, [Forests] is a model of scholarship at its passionate best. No one who cares about cultural history, about the human place in nature, or about the future of our earthly home, should miss it.—William Cronon, Yale Review "Forests is, among other things, a work of scholarship, and one of immense value . . . one that we have needed. It can be read and reread, added to and commented on for some time to come."—John Haines, The New York Times Book Review
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A Very Short Introduction

Author: Jaboury Ghazoul

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198706170

Category: Nature

Page: 150

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Since the dawn of human civilization, forests have provided us with food, resources, and energy. The history of human development is also one of forest loss and transformation, and yet even in our increasingly urbanized societies we remain surprisingly dependent on forests for a wide range of goods and services. Moreover, forests still retain a remarkable hold on our environmental values. In an era of continuing tropical deforestation and temperate forest resurgence, and in the midst of uncertainties of climate and land use changes, it is more important than ever to understand what forests are, how they contribute to our livelihoods, and how they underpin our cultural histories and futures. In this Very Short Introduction Jaboury Ghazoul explores our contrasting interactions with forests, as well as their origins, dynamics, and the range of goods and services they provide to human society. Ghazoul concludes with an examination of the recent history of deforestation, transitions to reforestation, and the future outlook for forests particularly in the context of expected climate change. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Author: Fran Howard

Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company

ISBN: 1617843954

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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This books presents examples of different types of forests, explaining what kind of animals live there, and why forest habitiats are important.
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More Than Just Trees

Author: Julie Kerr Casper

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438105576

Category: Electronic books

Page: 209

View: 401

Focuses on the many aspects that make rain forests, temperate forests, and boreal forests such a valuable natural resource and why we cannot live without them.
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Author: Emily K. Green

Publisher: Bellwether Media

ISBN: 161211251X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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Introduces readers to the physical characteristics and geographic locations of forests.
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Author: Ross W. Gorte

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1437922678

Category:

Page: 23

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Contents: (1) Background: Congressional Interest in Carbon Sequestration; (2) Carbon Cycling in Forests: The Forest Cycle; Forest Types: Tropical Forests; Temperate Forests; Boreal Forests; (3) Measuring and Altering Forest Carbon Levels: Forest Carbon Accounting; Land Use Changes; Forestry Events and Management Activities: Vegetation and Soil Carbon; Forest Events ¿ Wildfires; Forestry Practices; Wood Energy; Leakage: Land Use Leakage; Product Demand Leakage; Federal Government Programs: Federal Forests; Federal Assistance for State and Private Forestry; Federal Tax Expenditures; Federal Programs Affecting Land Use; Accounting for Forest Carbon Sequestration; (4) Conclusions. Table.
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Author: John N. Owens,H. Gyde Lund

Publisher: EOLSS Publications

ISBN: 1905839391

Category:

Page: 340

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Forests and Forest Plants is a component of Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. Forests are an essential part of Earth's life support systems. Forest resources are essential for humankind. They provide both vital goods and services. They provide food, fuel, shelter, soil and water protection, and filter the air we breathe. This publication on Forest and Forest Plants provides the user with such information as to create an awareness of the value of our forestlands and the products and environmental services they provide. The three volumes on Forests and Forest Plants are organized starting with first the necessity of : the World's Forest Resources – including classification and distribution of forest, urban forestry and agroforestry; Important Tree Species including trees in reclamation and arid zone forestry; Forests and Forest Products including wood and non word products; the Role of Forests in the Biosphere – preserving biological diversity, functions in the hydrological cycle, etc.; and Conservation and Breeding of Forest Trees – what is being done to improve our forest resources - silviculture, tree nurseries, and forest protection. The theme Forest and Forest Plants has led to the conclusion that there are substantial difficulties in matching environmental concerns and sustainability with an ever-increasing world population. Thus there is a tension between maximizing for food, wood and production on the one hand and implementing sustainable development and environmental protection on the other. These three volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College Students Educators, Professional Practitioners, Research Personnel and Policy Analysts, Managers, and Decision Makers, NGOs and GOs.
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Biomes and Ecosystems

Author: Yvonne Franklin

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1433393026

Category: Education

Page: 0

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If asked to define a forest, readers might say, It has a lot of trees. But many places have a lot of trees. So, what makes a forest a forest? Readers discover that a forest is unlike any other biome on Earth. And a temperate forest is even more specific. Readers learn the many life cycles found within a forest and how the energy pyramid explains the numbers of forest plants and animals. In addition, readers learn by examining how forces usually considered destructive work to help forests survive.
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Author: Gareth Stevens Publishing

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing

ISBN: 9780836826500

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 16

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Describes an activity of various animals of the forest including a snail, panda, wolf, skunk, peacock, and koala.
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Author: Michelle Hyde Parsons

Publisher: Benchmark Education Company

ISBN: 1410846164

Category:

Page: N.A

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Read about forests, why they are important to people, and how people harm them.
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Author: John C. Kricher,National Audubon Society,National Wildlife Federation

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395928950

Category: Nature

Page: 488

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Identifies birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees, and flowers
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Author: Michael Allaby,Richard Garratt

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438100671

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 289

View: 9353

Introduces the ecosystems of the forests and explains the importance of forest layers, food chains, and more. This book discusses about this ecosystem - from geology to animal life to conservation. It concludes by examining threats to these environments, including clearing the areas for farmland, logging, slash-and-burn farming, and soil erosion.
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Author: RG Florence

Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

ISBN: 0643102523

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 413

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This classic forest management text examines the ecology and silviculture of eucalypts in forests and plantations in Australia and overseas. The book presents approaches to the formulation of ecologically sustainable forest practices through a more fundamental understanding of Eucalyptus. The 14 chapters of the book are divided into three sections covering: the ecological background to silvicultural practice; the regeneration and continuing development of the forests; and silvicultural practice, including the current practices within the eucalypt forests.
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From Wildwood to Managed Landscapes

Author: Keith Kirby,Charles Watkins

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1780643373

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 391

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Our understanding of the ecological history of European forests has been transformed in the last twenty years. Bringing together key findings from across the continent, this book provides a comprehensive account of the relevance of historical studies to current conservation and management of forests. It combines theory with a series of regional case studies to show how different aspects of forestry play out according to the landscape and historical context of the local area.
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A Naturalist’s Guide to Woodland Trees

Author: Laurence C. Walker

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292791127

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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First published in 1990, Forests explores the ecological, economic, and human influences on over thirty significant types of woodlands. Laurence Walker focuses especially on the effects of site factors—climate, physiography, biology, and soils—upon the growth of various kinds of trees. Projects for amateur naturalists, reading lists, and a glossary make this the perfect introduction for general readers.
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The Non-Wood Resources

Author: A. P. Dwivedi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Forest management

Page: 352

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The non- wood forest products are of immense importance of the mankind. With industrialisation and urbanisation, timber and firewood can be substituted by other materials but there are still a large number of non-wood forest products for which no synthetic substitutes are available. There is an environmental and ecological angle associated with the harvesting of wood products. There are much less environmental issues associated with the harvesting of non-wood forest products. The non-wood forest products provide considerable employment and income to the rural poor and particularly to tribals. A large number of produce are exported outside and earn valuable foreign exchange. This book Forests: the non-wood resources deals with various kinds of non-wood forest products and their management. The dependence of tribals on non-wood forest products and the role of forest on their socio-economic fabric is also highlighted.
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The Khatta and Gujjar Settlements of Sub-Himalayan Tarai

Author: Ajay Singh Rawat

Publisher: Indus Publishing

ISBN: 9788185182971

Category: Agricultural conservation

Page: 152

View: 6527

This Study Is A Pioneer Endeavour On The History And Growth Of Tarai-Bhabhar, The Gujjar And Khatta Settlements And The Associated Problems Of Dairying, Their Main Source Of Livelihood. It Is Primarily Based Upon Extensive Field Study Which At Times Was Also At Personal Risk. Archival Material, Revenue Department Records And Records Of The Forest Department Have Been Used To Supplement It. The Work At The Moment Assumes Topical Importance Due To The Fact That The Terrorists Have Made Thick Forests Their Hideouts Where Khatta And Gujjar Settlements Are Also Located. The Presence Of The Timber Mafia While Causing Havoc With The Forest Wealth, That Of The Terrorists Has Caused A Social Turmoil. Even Though It May Be A Passing Phase, The Damage It Is Causing To The Fabric Lends An Urgence To It.
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Author: Charles de Lint

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429911269

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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In the Old Country, they called them the Gentry: ancient spirits of the land, magical, amoral, and dangerous. When the Irish emigrated to North America, some of the Gentry followed...only to find that the New World already had spirits of its own, called manitou and other such names by the Native tribes. Now generations have passed, and the Irish have made homes in the new land, but the Gentry still wander homeless on the city streets. Gathering in the city shadows, they bide their time and dream of power. As their dreams grow harder, darker, fiercer, so do the Gentry themselves--appearing, to those with the sight to see them, as hard and dangerous men, invariably dressed in black. Bettina can see the Gentry, and knows them for what they are. Part Indian, part Mexican, she was raised by her grandmother to understand the spirit world. Now she lives in Kellygnow, a massive old house run as an arts colony on the outskirts of Newford, a world away from the Southwestern desert of her youth. Outsider her nighttime window, she often spies the dark men, squatting in the snow, smoking, brooding, waiting. She calls them los lobos, the wolves, and stays clear of them--until the night one follows her to the woods, and takes her hand.... Ellie, an independent young sculptor, is another with magic in her blood, but she refuses to believe it, even though she, too, sees the dark men. A strange old woman has summoned Ellie to Kellygnow to create a mask for her based on an ancient Celtic artifact. It is the mask of the mythic Summer King--another thing Ellie does not believe in. Yet lack of belief won't dim the power of the mast, or its dreadful intent. Donal, Ellie's former lover, comes from an Irish family and knows the truth at the heart of the old myths. He thinks he can use the mask and the "hard men" for his own purposes. And Donal's sister, Miki, a punk accordion player, stands on the other side of the Gentry's battle with the Native spirits of the land. She knows that more than her brother's soul is at stake. All of Newford is threatened, human and mythic beings alike. Once again Charles de Lint weaves the mythic traditions of many cultures into a seamless cloth, bringing folklore, music, and unforgettable characters to life on modern city streets. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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