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Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge : Ecology, Adaptive Management, and Restoration, Paperback / softback Book

Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge : Ecology, Adaptive Management, and Restoration Paperback / softback

Edited by James Aronson, Joao S. Pereira, Juli G. Pausas


This title offers scientific and practical information on cork oak woodlands and the cultural systems dependent on them.

Cork oak has historically been an important species in the western Mediterranean - ecologically as a canopy or 'framework' tree in natural woodlands, and culturally as an economically valuable resource that underpins local economies.

Both the natural woodlands and the derived cultural systems are experiencing rapid change, and whether or not they are resilient enough to adapt to that change is an open question. "Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge" provides a synthesis of the most up-to-date, scientific, and practical information on the management of cork oak woodlands and the cultural systems that depend on cork oak.

In addition, "Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge" offers ten site profiles written by local experts that present an in-depth vision of cork oak woodlands across a range of biophysical, historical, and cultural contexts, with sixteen pages of full-colour photos that illustrate the tree, agro-silvopastoral systems, products, resident biodiversity, and more. "Cork Oak Woodlands on the Edge" is an important book for anyone interested in the future of cork oak woodlands, or in the management of cultural landscapes and their associated land-use systems.

In a changing world full of risks and surprises, it represents an excellent example of a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to studying, managing, and restoring an ecosystem, and will serve as a guide for other studies of this kind.

Co-sponsored by the Society for Ecological Restoration International and Island Press, this series offers a foundation of practical knowledge and scientific insight that will help ecological restoration become the powerful reparative and healing tool that the world needs.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Applied ecology
  • ISBN: 9781597264792