Man and the boreal forest

Man and the boreal forest

BOOK REVIEWS Man and the Boreal Forest. Edited by C. O. T a m m . Ecol. Bull. 21 Stockholm, Swedish Natural Science Research Council. 1976. pp. 153,...

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Man and the Boreal Forest. Edited by C. O. T a m m . Ecol. Bull. 21 Stockholm, Swedish Natural Science Research Council. 1976. pp. 153, 7 pls. 24cm x 16.5 cm. No Price.

This slim paperback volume contains the proceedings of a regional meeting within Project 2 of U N E S C O ' s Man and the Biosphere Programme held in Stockholm in October 1975. Ebeling, in his introduction, explains the aims of MAB 2, 'to identify and assess the changes which result from man's activities in the boreal, temperate and mediterranean zones and the effects of these changes on man'. This meeting considered only the boreal forest zone. The 18 papers, all in English, are collected under four headings corresponding to the working groups whose recommendations are also listed: (1) Evaluation aspects of multiple use of forest lands in the boreal region; (2) Pollution on forest ecosystems; (3) Energy flow in forestry; and (4) Ecological and social impacts of methods for increasing w o o d production or the efficiency of management operations. These provide a readable but brief introduction to subjects as diverse as 'whole-tree utilisation' and 'the effects of forestry on yields of edible fungi and berries'. Two papers are adapted from accounts published elsewhere and over half provide no references, which reduces their value. R. COLIN WELCH

Marine Ecology and Oil Pollution. Edited by J. M. Baker. Applied Science Publishers Ltd, 1976. vii + 566pp, 15 x 25cm. Price: £25.

This book records the proceedings of a conference sponsored jointly by the Institute of Petroleum and the Field Studies Council held at Aviemore, Scotland, 21 23 April 1975. There are twenty papers, most of which describe work done during the last four years by the Oil Pollution Research Unit at the Orielton Field Centre. 161 Biol. Conserv. (11) (1977)--© Applied Science Publishers Ltd, England, 1977

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