Recent decades have seen unprecedented growth in the scale and
intensity of industrial forestry. Directly and indirectly, it has
degraded the wildlife and ecological integrity of these tropical
forests, prompting a need to evaluate the impact of current forest
management practices and reconsider how best to preserve the
integrity of the biosphere.
Synthesizing the body of knowledge of leading scientists and
professionals in tropical forest ecology and management, this
book's thirty chapters examine in detail the interplay between
timber harvesting and wildlife, from hunted and protected habitats
to invertebrates and large mammal species.
Collectively, the contributors suggest that better management is
pivotal to the maintenance of the tropics' valuable biodiversity,
arguing that we must realize that tropical forests harbor the
majority (perhaps 70 to 80 percent) of the world's animal species.
Further, they suggest modifications to existing practices that can
ensure a better future for our valuable resources.