Timber production is often the most economic form of land use in areas of tropical forest; forest preservation is rarely so. This book attempts to bridge the current gap between conservation requirements and commercial interests, indicating the possibilities for integrated management of tropical forests. The aim is to create a practical approach for the management of production forest as a supplement to totally-protected forest in the conservation of tropical biodiversity.
PREFACE In the late 1970s, I was somewhat surprised to find myself conducting
the first detailed work on the ecological effects of timber logging in a tropical rain
forest. Surprised, that is, that so little had been conducted beforehand. Due
mainly to the medium of television, enormous public interest had been kindled
concerning the fate of the rain forests. In response to this interest, a flood of
popular and scientific books and articles reporting on the consequences of
tropical forest loss ...