Ecological Effects of Logging and Approaches to Mitigating Impacts

Authored by: Paul Woodcock , Panu Halme , David P. Edwards

Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415735452
eBook ISBN: 9781315818290
Adobe ISBN: 9781317816447

10.4324/9781315818290.ch30

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Abstract

Globally, approximately 31 per cent (1.2 billion hectares) of forests are primarily managed for wood production, with a further 25 per cent designated for multiple uses including wood (FAO 2010). Wood removals are valued at around $100 billion annually and forest management thus represents an important source of employment (Figure 30.1; FAO 2010). Historically, logging was motivated by demand for firewood, housing materials and agricultural land, although the extent of logging and current trends differ substantially amongst biomes.

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