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Site and species selection — Changing perspectives

Literature: Journal Articles

Evans, J. 1987, "Site and species selection — Changing perspectives", Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 21, no. 3-4, pp. 299-310.


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Forest Ecology and Management

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  • The author of this paper describes the field of tropical plantation forestry before 1987.
  • He explains that much effort was given to identifying key species for use in tropical plantations and resulted in almost 100% of plantations established with trees of the genus Tectona, Eucalyptus, Pinus, Araucaria, Cupressus, Acacia, Gmelina, Meliacaea, Terminalia, Albizzia, and Triplochiton.
  • The silvicultural considerations were often at odds with what the local communities preferred.
  • For example, surveys found that many prefer native slow-growing species for fuel and dense wood rather than faster growing exotics.
  • The author expresses the need for tropical foresters to consider a wide range of management goals suited to the needs of nearby villagers: erosion control, fuel production, and other humanitarian and ecologically focused goals.

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