Forest Health and Protection:  by Robert L. Edmonds, James K. Agee, Robert I. Gara
667 pages, $102.95 list
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Forest Health and Protection
Second Edition
Widely recognized as the best treatment of the technical issues concerning forest health and forest protection available, the original edition of this comprehensive text was the first to treat fire, wind, insects, and diseases as well as their interactions holistically. The latest edition extends the thrust of the successful first edition, bringing updated, detailed, and reliable coverage by the same team of authors with decades of experience and expertise in the fields of forest pathology, fire ecology, and forest entomology. Their effective, integrative approach continues to focus on the fundamental issues related to forest protection, including ecology, forest health, and ecosystem management. Useful examples from the United States, Canada, and other countries illustrate principles and problems essential to understanding these issues.

Now with expanded material on climate change effects and forest health monitoring, no other single resource better prepares students and natural resource professionals for the protection and management of sustained forest health.
“I consider the text to be the best comprehensive treatment of forest protection available.” —Michael Jenkins, Utah State University
Table of Contents
1. The Concept of Forest Health
Introduction / Definitions of Forest Health / Characteristics of a Healthy Forest / Symptoms of Forest Health Problems / Possible Causes of Forest Health Problems / Current Health Status of the World’s Forests / The Influence of Forest Management and Other Human Activities on Forest Health: Case Studies / Forest Health Monitoring Networks / Forest Health Risk Rating and Mapping / Conclusions

2. Ecological Principles
Introduction / Forest Biomes / Production Ecology / Succession / Ecosystem Management

3. Fire as a Physical Process
Introduction / The Elements of Fire Behavior / Fire Behavior Prediction

4. Fire Ecology and Fire Regimes
Introduction / Fire Adaptations of Plants / Predicting Tree Mortality from Fire / Fire Regimes of North America / Ponderosa Pine Forests / Coastal Douglas-Fir Forests / Western Subalpine Forests / Longleaf Pine Forests / Jack Pine Forests / Evaluating Fire Severity / Wildfire Rehabilitation

5. Organizing for Fire Management
Introduction / Evolution of Fire Policy / Responsibilities for Fire Protection / Fire Prevention and Detection / Fire Suppression / The Urban Wildland Interface

6. Fire Strategies for Forest Health
Introduction / Forest Structure and Fire Behavior / Landscape Approaches to Fuel Treatments / Prescribed Fire / Wildland Fire Use / Constraints to Fire Use

7. Wind and Forest Health
Introduction / Wind as a Physical Process / Wind Effects on Trees / Wind Effects on Forest Succession / Forest Management Strategies / Synergistic Effects

8. Introduction to Diseases
Introduction / Definition of Disease and Types of Diseases / A Brief History of Forest Pathology / Impact of Disease / The Disease Triangle, Square, or Tetrahedron / The Concept of Pathogens, Parasites, Saprophytes, and Symbiotic Relationships / Signs and Symptoms of Disease / Resistance to Diseases / Linkages between Diseases, Insects, Fire, and Wind / Diseases in Urban Forests and Street Trees / Forest Pathology Books

9. Abiotic (Nonbiological) and Animal-Caused Injuries
Introduction / The Pattern of Abiotic Injuries / Injuries Caused by Temperature Extremes / Low and High Moisture and Low Soil Oxygen / Global Change / Air Pollution / Herbicides / Mechanical Injuries / Nutrient Deficiencies / Nutrient Imbalances and Elemental Toxicities / Fire / Salt Injury / Animal Damage

10. Disease-Causing Organisms
Introduction / Features of Disease-Causing Organisms / Classification, Life Cycles, and Diseases Caused by Fungi and Fungus-like Organisms / Spread and Ecology of Fungi

11. Nursery Disease and Mycorrhizas
Introduction / Selection of Nursery Sites / Abiotic Injuries / Biotic Diseases / Management of Seedling Diseases / Mycorrhizas

12. Root Diseases
Introduction / Types and Causes of Root Diseases / Symptoms, Signs, Hosts, Distribution, and Spread of Root Diseases / Interactions between Root Diseases, Insects, Fire, and Wind / Root Disease Management / Root Diseases and Hazard Trees / Modeling of Root Diseases and Disease/Bark Interactions / Conclusions

13. Foliage Diseases and Rusts
Introduction / Foliage Diseases / Rusts

14. Stem and Branch Diseases
Introduction / Mistletoes / Cankers / Galls and Other Malformations / Decay / Vascular Wilts / Stains

15. Forest Declines
Introduction / The Concept of Decline Diseases / Management of Forest Declines

16. Management of Forest Diseases and the Deterioration of Wood Products
Introduction / Disease Detection, Recognition, and Appraisal / Major Management Strategies / Modeling Forest Diseases / Wood Products Deterioration

17. Introduction to Forest Entomology
Introduction / Historical Perspective / The Future of Forest Entomology

18. Basic Entomology
Introduction / The Arthropoda / The Insects / Insect Orders

19. Principles of Forest Insect Management
Introduction / Public Forestry and Forest Health / Timber Management / Insect Pest Management

20. Insect Defoliators
Introduction / Detection, Evaluation, and Control / The Defoliators

21. Bark Beetles and Their Management
Introduction / Management of Bark Beetles / The Dendroctonus / The Engraver Beetles (Ips and Scolytus)

22. Ambrosia Beetles and Their Management
Introduction / Ambrosia Beetles and Softwoods / Ambrosia Beetles and Hardwoods

23. Wood Products Insects
Introduction / Borers of Living Trees / Borers of Weakened Trees, Windthrows, and Logs / Borers of Dry and Seasoned Wood

24. Insects of Seed Orchards, Nurseries, and Young Plantations
Introduction / Seed Orchards / Nurseries / Young Plantations

25. Forest Insect Quarantine
Introduction / Regulations on Importation of Logs and Wood Products