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Forestry References

This page contains references useful to CNPS forestry advocates.

Bolsinger, C.L. 1980. California Forests: Trends, Problems, and Opportunities. USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experimental Station, Resource Bulletin PNW-89. Portland, OR. 138 pp.

This out-of-date publication provides useful statistics about California's forests.

Brodo I.M., S. Duran-Sharnoff, and S. Sharnoff. 2001. Lichens of North America. Yale University Press, New Haven CN. xxii + 795 pp.

This authoritative volume is illustrated by the outstanding photographs of Sylvia Duran-Sharnoff and Stephen Sharnoff.  It covers approximately 25% of the lichens occurring in North America, including many from California. 

California Native Plant Society. 2001. CNPS Botanical Survey Guidelines. California Native Plant Society. Sacramento, CA. 3 pp.

The CNPS Botanical Survey Guidelines are more rigorous than the California Department of Fish and Game Botanical Survey Guidelines.  CNPS encourages DFG to adopt the new CNPS guidelines, and encourages advocates to be familiar with both.

California Native Plant Society. 2001. Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants of California (sixth edition). Rare Plant Scientific Advisory Committee, David P. Tibor, Convening Editor. California Native Plant Society. Sacramento, CA. x + 388 pp.

This latest edition is a crucial reference for every forest advocate working on non-federal forests because CNPS listed plants often qualify for consideration under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), including timber harvest plans (THPs.)

Christensen, N.L. 2000. Environmental Issues in Pacific Northwest Forest Management. Committee on Environmental Issues in Pacific Northwest Forest Management. National Academy Press. Washington, D.C. xvii + 259 pp.

This authoritative volume provides a tremendous amount of factual information of use to all forest advocates.

Evarts J. and M. Popper, eds. 2001. Coast Redwood - A Natural and Cultural History. Cachuma Press, Los Olivos, California.

This exceptionally beautiful book includes information on the biology, ecology, harvest, and history of the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens).

Griffin, J.R. and W.B. Critchfield. 1972 and 1976. The Distribution of Forest Trees in California. USDA Forest Service Research Paper PSW-82. Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 118  pp.

Despite its age, this volume contains invaluable distribution maps for California's forest trees.

Hale M.E. and M. Cole. 1988. Lichens of California. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

This book has relatively poor pictures, but provides some coverage of crustose lichens.

Hickman, J.E., ed. 1993. The Jepson Manual - Higher Plants of California. University of California Press. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA. xvii+1400 pp.

Holland, R.F. 1986. Preliminary Descriptions of the Terrestrial Natural Communities of California. Nongame-Heritage Program, California Department of Fish and Game. Sacramento, CA. 156 pp.

This hard-to-find volume provides the vegetation classification system used by the CNPS Inventory and by the California Department of Fish and Game's (DFG) Natural Diversity Database (NDDB).

Jules, E.S. 1998. Habitat fragmentation and demographic change for a common plant: trillium in old-growth forest. Ecology 79:1645-1656.

Jules, E.S. and B.J. Ratcke. 1999. Mechanisms of reduced trillium recruitment along edges of old-growth forest fragments. Conservation Biology 13:784-793.

Lanner R.M. 1999. Conifers of California. Cachuma Press, Los Olivos, California.

This attractive book combines authoritative text with detailed paintings, distribution maps, and color photographs.  An excellent introduction to identification and ecology of California's conifers.

Little Hoover Commission. 1994. Timber Harvest Plans: A Flawed Effort to Balance Economic & Environmental Needs. Milton Marks Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy. Sacramento, CA. 84 pp.

Every non-federal lands timber advocate should be familiar with this report.

Ligon, F., A. Rich, G. Rynearson, D. Thronburgh, and W. Trush. 1999. Report of the Scientific Review Panel on California Forest Practice Rules and Salmonid Habitat. The Resources Agency of California and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Sacramento, CA. vi + 84 pp.

McCune B. and L. Geiser. 1997. Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, Oregon.

This excellent book provides great color photographs to help identify the fruticose and foliose lichens occurring in the forests of northern California.

Noss, R.F ed. 2000. The Redwood Forest. Island Press. Covelo, CA. xxvii + 339 pp.

This outstanding book discusses the biology, ecology, and management of the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens).  For forestry advocates, has more applicable conservation information than Coast Redwood - A Natural and Cultural History.  However, advocates should be familiar with both excellent volumes.

Pavlik B.M., P.C. Muick, S. Johnson, and M. Popper. 1991. Oaks of California. Cachuma Press, Los Olivos, California.

This book is beautifully illustrated with color photographs and distribution maps.  It discusses the ecology and conservation of California's oaks.

Sawyer, J.O. and T. Keeler-Wolf. 1995. A Manual of California Vegetation. California Native Plant Society. Sacramento, CA. 471 pp.

Standiford, R.B. and R. Arcill. 2001. A Scientific Basis for the Prediction of Cumulative Watershed Effects. The University of California Committee on Cumulative Watershed Effects. University of California. Berkeley, CA. 103 pp.

Young, J. A. and R.A. Evans. 1971. Medusahead invasion as influenced by herbicides and grazing on low sagebrush sites. Journal of Range Management. 24(6): 451-454. [2648].

Young, J. A. 1992. Ecology and management of medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae ssp. asperum [Simk.] Melderis). The Great Basin Naturalist. 52(3): 245-252. [20095]

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