The Silviculture of Indian Trees (Hardback)
The theory and practices of silviculture need to be widely discussed and better understood. This simple and comprehensive book on Silviculture of Indian Trees presents different aspects of cultivation practices of forest species, regeneration, phenology, growth and yield. Silviculture is the practice of controlling the growth, composition and structure, and quality of forests to meet the values and needs, specifically timber production. Silviculture is the science and art of growing and cultivating forest crops, based on the knowledge of silvics which deals with the study of the life history and general characteristics of forest trees and stands with particular reference to local and regional factors. In particular, silviculture is the practice of controlling the establishment and management of forest stands. There has been increased public awareness towards raising plantation of tree species including management of soil and water conservation. Public concern regarding raising of plantations may have shifted from the extraction of timber for earning money, to the preservation of additional forest resources, including wildlife and old growth forest, protecting biodiversity, watershed management and recreation. Increased environmental awareness may contribute to an increased public mistrust of silvicultural professionals. But it can also lead to greater understanding about what professionals do for forests for nature conservation and ecological services. This book deals with some of the basic principles and practices of Silviculture of Indian trees. The book has been written with a view to cover the broad syllabus prescribed on the subject in various forestry colleges, forestry training institutes and Agricultural Universities in India. This will serve as a valuable source of information for the academicians in forestry colleges and institutes and also for the undergraduate and post graduate students for the preparation of competitive examinations in forestry discipline.