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Sustainable forest management carried out by Complejo Panguipulli has contributed to the preservation of the forested lanscape around Neltume, a sawmill town in Chile

Forest management is the branch of forestry concerned with the overall administrative, economic, legal, and social aspects and with the essentially scientific and technical aspects, especially silviculture, protection, and forest regulation. This includes management for aesthetics, fish, recreation, urban values, water, wilderness, wildlife, wood products, forest genetic resources and other forest resource values [1]. Management can be based on conservation, economics, or a mixture of the two. Techniques include the extraction timber, planting and replanting of various species, cutting roads and pathways through forests, and preventing of fire.

In developed countries, the environment has increased public awareness of natural resource policy, including forest management. As a direct result, primary concerns regarding forest management have shifted from the extraction of timber to other forest resources including wildlife, watershed management, and recreation. This shift in public values has also caused many in the public to mistrust resource management professionals.[2]

Many tools like GIS modelling have been developed to improve forest inventory and management planning[3].

Wildlife considerations

The abundance and diversity of birds, mammals, amphibians and other wildlife are affected by strategies of forest management.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Glossary of Forestry Terms in British Columbia" (pdf). Ministry of Forests and Range (Canada). 2008-03. Retrieved 2009-04-06.  
  2. ^ Shindler, Bruce; Lori A. Cramer (January 1999). "Shifting Public Values for Forest Management: Making Sense of Wicked Problems". Western Journal of Applied Forestry (Society of American Foresters) 14 (1): 28–34. ISSN 0885-6095. Retrieved 2008-08-25.  
  3. ^ Mozgeris, G. (2008) “The continuous field view of representing forest geographically: from cartographic representation towards improved management planning”. S.A.P.I.EN.S. 1 (2)
  4. ^ * Philip Joseph Burton. 2003. Towards sustainable management of the boreal forest 1039 pages




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