Review of A critique of silviculture: managing for complexity
Klaus Puettmann, K. David Coates, and Christian Messier have written a timely book. One of a few books specifically about American silviculture outside of the standard textbooks by Daniel et al. (1979), Smith et al. (1997), and Nyland (2002), and going beyond the regional focus of many of the other silviculture books, Critique of Silviculture: Managing for Complexity looks at silviculture philosophy and examines the need to think and work outside of the traditional view of simple stand structures and species compositions. Coinciding with a new forest management paradigm that emulates natural disturbance regimes, the book proposes its larger view as a way to increase forest ecosystem resiliency from various damaging agents while meeting the needs of a growing and increasingly sophisticated society.