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Biology and Management of Red Alder

David E. Hibbs, Dean S. DeBell and Robert F. Tarrant

8-1/2 × 11 inches. Illustrated with photographs and figures. Index. 272 pages.

1994. ISBN 978-0-87071-382-8. Hardcover, $29.95.

Only a few years ago, red alder, the major hardwood species in the Northwest, was regarded as a weed to be eradicated with herbicides. Today, red alder provides the raw material for a thriving industry, producing fine furniture, specialized veneers and plywoods, and paper products. In addition to its economic values, red alder has unique biological values that are proving vital in efforts to improve forest management.

This timely study presents a synthesis of current knowledge about the biology and managment of red alder. The first section covers topics in the basic biology of alder, while the second section offers principles and practices of alder management. The book's 34 contributors provide current and comprehensive information that will allow forest managers to weave red alder into the improved forest management systems demanded by an increasingly well-informed public.

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