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BOOK REVIEWS: Resource Assessment of Non-Wood Forest Products: Experience and Biometric Principles

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Forest managers increasingly recognize that management of non-wood forest product (NWFP) harvesting is important for conserving biological diversity and sustaining human use of forests. Importantly, many of these products, and the forests they grow in, are integral to the persistence of indigenous cultures. Similarly, rural communities are more likely to support forest conservation or longer timber rotations if they can annually harvest and market products derived from local forests. Managing NWFP resources poses a daunting task, however, because such products are numerous and diverse; the organisms that produce them differ widely in form, abundance, distribution, and autecology; and harvesting typically occurs in a complex social, economic, political, land tenure, and forest management context. Nevertheless, forest managers, researchers, development workers, harvesters, and affected local communities agree that assessing the status of, and changes in, resource abundance is central to sustainable NWFP management.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Botanist Mycology Team, PNW. Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 3200 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR, 97331,

Publication date: 2002-08-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Average time from submission to first decision: 62.5 days*
    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
    Other SAF Publications
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