In its early days, agroforestry may have been viewed as the domain of the 'landcare enthusiast'. Today, integrating trees and shrubs into productive farming systems is seen as a core principle of sustainable agriculture. Agroforestry for Natural Resource Management provides the foundation for an understanding of agroforestry practice in both high and low rainfall zones across Australia.
Three major areas are discussed: environmental functions of trees in the landscape (ecosystem mimicry, hydrology, protection of crops, animals and soil, biodiversity, aesthetics); productive functions of trees (timber, firewood, pulp, fodder, integrated multi-products); and the implementation of agroforestry (design, evaluation, establishment, adoption, policy support).
The book also includes a DVD that features videos on forest measurement and harvesting, a Farm Forestry Toolbox and many regionally specific agroforestry resources.
Written by leading researchers and practitioners from around Australia, Agroforestry for Natural Resource Management will be an essential resource for students in agroforestry courses, as well as a valuable introduction to the field for professionals in related areas.
Wide coverage of the topic, from a ‘principles’ perspective
Written by leading researchers and practitioners from around Australia, with expertise in agronomy, forestry, natural resource management, community and molecular ecologies, agricultural economics, soil science, hydrology, landscape architecture and rural sociology
Comprehensive and integrated treatment of the environmental roles and productive potential of agroforestry across southern Australia
Comprehensive and readily useable agroforestry and farm forestry resource base on DVD
"This work is authoritative…there are many illustrations, photos and diagrams adding greater clarity to the concepts discussed." The Australian TAFE Teacher, Autumn 2010
Ian Nuberg is Senior Lecturer in Agroforestry in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide. His teaching covers agroforestry, extension and NRM. His recent research activities cover tree water use, effect of shelter on crops, biomass-energy, and fuelwood systems in Asia-Pacific region. During the course of editing this book he was the Leader of the Education and Extension Program in the Cooperative Research Centre for Plant-Based Management of Dryland Salinity.
Rowan Reid is a Senior Lecturer in Farm Trees and Agroforestry in the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science at the University of Melbourne, and the coordinator of the National Master Tree Grower Program, which provides educational support for farmers interested in growing trees for conservation and profit. Rowan teaches a postgraduate level subject on Farm Trees and Agroforestry as part of the Master of Forest Science.
Brendan George is the Industry Leader for Private Forestry and Bioenergy in the NSW Department of Primary Industries. His work covers forestry extension, policy development and development of bioenergy opportunities within Australia as part of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy program focussing on short rotation crops. His research includes water quality in forested catchments and plantation establishment in low-rainfall areas.
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