Forests for Beginners: a Primer

Forests for Beginners: a Primer
Richard Gijsbers, July 2006.




Richard was trained as a forester and has worked in Victoria, Nepal, India and Cambodia. He is currently working as a consultant in information management. He is a Fellow of ISCAST, a think tank exploring the interface between science, technology and the Christian faith.


Like humans, trees grow through various stages. The ideal for a forest is to have all these growth stages represented. This is called a 'Normal Forest' and in such a forest the full suite of forest goods and values can exist at their optimum sustainable level. Any change from this ideal will be at the expense of one or more of these goods or values. So how do we achieve the correct balance?

Key words

Forest management, environment, theology of forest management

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