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The Forests of Western Siberia: New Century, New Role

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Western Siberia's forests cover nearly 75 million hectares and contain roughly 10 percent of the world's growing stock of nontropical wood fiber; more than half of these forests are undeveloped old-growth. The development of oil, gas, and other mineral resources and an inefficient forest economy pose a significant threat to the sustainability of these ecosystems, and climatic factors limit forest productivity. But with improvements in forest management, resource protection, and investments in the wood industry, Western Siberia can make a significant contribution to global carbon sequestration and industrial wood supply in this new century.

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

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor and George H. Clippert Chair of Forest Resource Economics and Management University of Arkansas, Monticello, AR, 71656, 2: Graduate Research Assistant Department of Forestry, University of Kentucky, Lexington 3: Chief Scientist West Siberian Branch, Sukachev Institute of Forests, Novosibirsk, Russia

Publication date: 2001-07-01

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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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