The Importance of Industrial Forest Plantations

  • Luiz C. E. RodriguezEmail author
  • Maria Pasalodos-Tato
  • Luis Diaz-Balteiro
  • John Paul McTague
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 33)


The first chapter of the book initially addresses the definition of planted forests, industrial forests and industrial forest plantations. It also contextualizes historically the evolution of the term forest plantations, citing the several international organizations involved and different attempts to satisfy many actors and opinions. Facts and figures are also presented to illustrate the evolving roles that forest plantations have undertaken over the years. Some comprehensive statistics are included to emphasize the importance and benefits of its expansion. The chapter also presents some important future trends that guide the need for the forest planning and forest management techniques discussed in the book. These tools may overcome the challenges brought by the more complex and conflicting social, economic and environmental goals confronted by the forest sector. Although regularly challenged by new technological advances, it is important to realize that trees are still one of the most efficient ways to produce highly demanded materials, with minimal collateral negative impacts. The argument stands in the principle that, being a renewable organism that synthesizes carbon fueled by sun light, the sustainable use of planted forests reduces the impact over other natural resources and fossil fuels. Furthermore, the antagonism between planted forests and natural forests has diminished, as well as its complementary and compatible coexistence with wild land native forests in many different landscapes and regional contexts.


Industrial forests Forest economics Forests management 



The work of Luis Diaz-Balteiro was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under project AGL2011-25825.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luiz C. E. Rodriguez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Pasalodos-Tato
    • 2
  • Luis Diaz-Balteiro
    • 3
  • John Paul McTague
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Forest SciencesUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto Nacional de Investigación AgrariaMadridSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Economía y Gestión Forestal, ETS Ingenieros de MontesTechnical University of MadridMadridSpain
  4. 4.Warnell School of ForestryUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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