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Forestry and the Forest Industries: Past and Future

Major developments in the forest and forest industry sector since 1947 in Europe, the USSR and North America

  • E. G. Richards

Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. E. G. Richards
    Pages 4-28
  3. E. G. Richards
    Pages 29-100
  4. E. G. Richards
    Pages 211-239
  5. E. G. Richards
    Pages 240-310
  6. E. G. Richards
    Pages 311-387
  7. E. G. Richards
    Pages 388-419
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 421-428

About this book

Introduction

In analysing the development and achievements of Polish forestry and forest industries over the last four decades, it is necessary to take into consideration the situation prevailing after the end of the Second World War, when these sectors of the national economy were starting their activities. First of all, it is necessary to consider the effects of the war such as: (a) the harvesting from the forests of the present Polish territory of 3 about 200 million m of merchantable wood, which is equal to the normal harvest over a l2-year period; (b) the destruction of over half the woodworking industrial potential. In consequence, the forested area inside the new Polish boundaries amounted 40 years ago only to 20.8 per cent of the whole area of the country. There has been a continuing process of increasing the forested area of the country (although at a diminishing rate). In 1986 the forest area amounted to 27.7 per cent of the land surface, that is to 8.7 million ha, an increase of over 2 million ha in 40 years. Intensive afforestation, performed regardless of the ownership category of the land by the State forest service, was aimed primarily at making good the losses in the forested area and the rational use of land not fit for agricultural purposes.

Keywords

Forestry

Editors and affiliations

  • E. G. Richards
    • 1
  1. 1.FAO/ECE Agriculture and Timber DivisionGenevaSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-3669-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8142-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3669-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5480
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-1334
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