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Regional Dendrology: An Innovative Approach to a Traditional Subject

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Dendrology lectures are traditionally organized so that forest tree species are presented in taxonomic order. Although this approach is logical to the botanist, it may not be the best way to introduce forestry students to the subject. It is suggested here that species be covered in groups which correspond to the major forest regions of North America. A principal advantage is that ecological rather than phylogenetic relationships can be emphasized. As a result, regional dendrology is appropriate for forestry students and others who must ultimately understand the mechanics of stand dynamics and the biological basis for silviculture.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Publication date: November 1, 1977

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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