Silvics Of North America

Written by Kellen Hertz
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Silvics of North America is a two-volume publication that describes roughly 200 different types of trees that are native to the forests of the United States. The first volume covers conifers and the second volume covers hardwoods. Like many government publications this set is the result of years of research and study by scientists, scholars and Forest Service specialists. This set was original published in 1965, and has been updated a number of times over the years leading to the publication of the current two-volume set.

Silvics of North America is an amazing study guide that is can be used to teach students about forestry. It is also an incredibly handy reference tool for researchers in a number of different fields. Some consider this publication the bible of the forestry industry. With detailed information about genetics, longevity and changes in the species over time, this publication provides a great deal of insight into the growth patterns of trees native to North America and beyond.

Revised Information in Silvics of North America

Silvics of North America is published by the United States Department of Agriculture. The trees included in this publication were chosen because they are most commercially viable species in the United States today. Other trees included in these publications are viable to economies in Mexico, Canada and the Puerto Rico. This publication is meant to replace the original 1965 publication. It contains all the material published in the original volume, with the inclusion of additional species and research information.

When it comes to purchasing official government publications you can find a number of resources online. In recent years the Government Printing Office has closed most of its bookstores due to increases in Internet business. You can find great deals when you shop online for government publications.


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