chapter  2
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Sustainable Forest Management

In its present form, forest management adopts a position identical to that of any management activity designed to accommodate a large, open system; forest management is comprised of conscious human actions that lead to a goal. Broadly speaking, the goal of forest management has almost always been stated as the continued flow of benefits from forests to satisfy present and future human needs. In some areas, management is needed to ensure the continued existence and future productivity of the forest in any form. In others, forest management is an ancient practice. Thus, in many forests the results of some of the earliest forest management practices have been known for years; in others, they are only now becoming available to be assessed. In the goal, at least, there seems to exist a remarkable degree of consensus.