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.

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, 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: March 1, 2003

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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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