Understanding Community-Based Forest Ecosystem Management by Gerald J. Gray, Maia J. Enzer, & Jonathan Kusel (Eds)

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Understanding Community-Based Forest Ecosystem Management by Gerald J. Gray, Maia J. Enzer, & Jonathan Kusel (Eds)


Reidel, Carl, American Forests


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Understanding Community-Based Forest Ecosystem Management by Gerald J. Gray, Maia J. Enter, & Jonathan Kusel (eds)

$49.95. Food Products Pros: an imprint of Hawthorn Press. Inc., 2001.

I am not usually a fan of books that are proceedings of conferences or workshops, but this is a distinct exception. Perhaps the old adage that the "medium is the message" best explains how the genesis of the workshop and processes that produced the book reflects its central message: Ecosystem management is fundamentally a community-based collaborative endeavor.

Also, the format and content of the book were shaped by editors who are seasoned forest policy professionals, as are the 50 diverse members of the steering committee and work groups. The impressive list of financial supporters testifies to the collaborative effort of the workshop and book.

Simultaneously co-published in several issues of the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, the book is divided into three parts: a brief editorial synthesis by the editors of the overall topic, a series of seven work group papers that explore the essential components of communitybased ecosystem management, and 12 individual papers on community case studies and field research.

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