Synopses & Reviews
Forest Conservation Policy: A Reference Handbook
chronicles the dramatic history, current status, and global influence of U.S. forest policy. Beginning with the foundations of early forest law during the colonial period through the rise of the Conservation Movement in the wake of 19th century massive forest exploitation, this reference also discusses the environmental challenges that have rewritten recent U.S. forest policy and explores future policy directions.
What are the effects of forest destruction on biological diversity? Has the sustainable forest management movement been effective? Given the fact that individual landowners control the greatest share of U.S. forestland, how are forests on private lands regulated? Students and concerned citizens alike will discover answers to these and other critical questions regarding what is left of the nation's dwindling forests.
"This book is a reference handbook to those conservation policies and the contemporary issues that affect America's forests … It is very efficiently designed in a modular form. Current issues sections, for example, all start with a few paragraphs of background, then recent policy developments, and then conclusions, with numerous references available at the end. This book is the clearly written, balanced, useful reference the authors and publishers claim it to be. It is recommended for all libraries, especially for those holding the Contemporary World IssueS≪/b> series, of which this is a part." -
American Reference Books Annual
"More than a study of forest conservation policy in the US, this volume in ABC-CLIO's Contemporary World IssueS≪/b> series is excellent and authoritative. … Sample and Cheng's handbook is well organized and fact filled." -
"… excellent and authoritative … clear, unbiased coverage of everything from the history of forest consservation to current issues … Highly recommended. All colleges and university libraries." -
A one-of-a-kind introduction to the major issues and controversies dominating the heated debate over U.S. forest policy today.
• Subject-indexed description of the major issues dominating the current debates over the future of forest policy
• Exhaustive references to government and nongovernment forestry organizations at both the national and regional levels
• Explains how issues such as watershed protection and global warming are changing the way we think about forests and their role in society
• Links trends in U.S. forest policy to global issues, including international sustainable forestry initiatives
• Provides readers with an understanding of not only what is happening in forest policy, but why