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Sustainable Forestry in Bolivia: Beyond Planned Logging

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Forestry in lowland Bolivia has taken great strides in the past few years, progressing from a virtual absence of management to a system of regulated management planning. Nearly 1 million hectares of natural forests are now certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. To ensure sustainable forest management, however, Bolivian foresters need to go beyond the basics of planned logging and apply silvicultural treatments to secure regeneration, improve tree growth, and maintain stand quality. This change is a tall order in a developing country battered by a deep economic recession, where timber-mining interests are still powerful and silviculturists are in short supply.
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Keywords: certification; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; international forestry; natural resource management; natural resources; silviculture; tropical forests

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor of Forestry and Wildlife Life Sciences Division, Ferrum College, 212 Garber Hall, Ferrum, VA, 24408, [email protected] 2: Professor of Botany University of Florida, Gainesville, 3: Chief of Party Proyecto BOLFOR, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 4: Silviculturist Proyecto BOLFOR and the Forest Management Trust, University of Florida, Gainesville, 5: Forest Ecologist Proyecto BOLFOR and the Forest Management Trust, University of Florida, Gainesville,

Publication date: 01 March 2003

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