Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Forestry Flavours of the Month by Alastair Fraser







Publication Date: May 20, 2016
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Formats: Ebook
Pages: 228
Genre: Biography
Tour Dates: September 4 - 15

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Forestry touches on all aspects of human welfare in one way or another, which is why foresters need to play an active role in determining our collective agenda. Alastair Fraser, a lifelong forester and the co-founder of LTS International, a forestry consulting company, explains how forestry changes with political cycles and how foresters can promote healthy forests at all times.

He explores critical issues such as:
• forests and their connection to coal;
• forest's role in combatting floods and climate change;
• illegal logging in Indonesia, Laos, and elsewhere;
• tactics to promote sustainable forestry management;
• plantations as a solution to tropical deforestation.

From pulping in Sweden and Brazil, paper mills in Greece and India, agroforestry in the Philippines, "pink" disease in India and oil bearing trees of Vietnam, no topic is off limits. Based on the author's life as a forester in dozens of countries, this account shows the breadth of forestry and makes a convincing case that forestry management needs to focus on managing change and achieving sustainability. Whether you're preparing to become a forester, already in the field, or involved with conservation, the environment or government, you'll be driven to action with Forestry Flavours of the Month.


INTERVIEW:


Who or what is the inspiration behind the book?

The inspiration for the book was the very rewarding and interesting professional career spanning 55 years and including working in over 40 countries

Is this your first published book and if so, can you tell us your experiences in finding a publisher for it?

I has already published an academic textbook, but I did not find a lot of interest in the genre from mainstream publishers.

Where do you live and if I were coming to town, where would we go to talk books?

I live deep in the Scottish countryside in a very old cottage (but with modern amenities).  The nearest town is Blairgowrie, which among other claims to fame has a Bookmark festival annually, and there are plenty of nice coffe houses where we could discuss books

When you’re not writing, what do you do to relax and have fun?

As I am now retired, I enjoy gardening when the weather is fine, tinkering with my vintage motor car when the weather is not so good and visiting friends or entertaining thos who come to stay with me.

Do you make a living off your books or do you have another job?

No, I don’t expect to make a living from the book, but I have a pension that is adequate to enjoy life


Alastair Fraser is a founder member of the archaeology group No Man s Land. He has worked as researcher and participant in a number of Great War documentaries. Steve Roberts is a retired police officer and an ex-regular soldier. He specialises in researching individuals who served during the war and is also a founder member of No Man s Land. Andrew Robertshaw frequently appears on television as a commentator on battlefield archaeology and the soldier in history, and he has coordinated the work of No Man s Land. His publications include Somme 1 July 1916: Tragedy and Triumph, Digging the Trenches (with David Kenyon) and The Platoon.


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