Compilation of Best Reads, collected during the IUFRO 125 Anniversary Congress

From 18-22 September more than thousand participants gathered in Freiburg for the IUFRO 125 Anniversary Congress. The event covered the full breadth of topics related to forests and trees. IFSA took on the organization of a number of side-events aimed at engaging youth during the congress. One activity entailed the compilation of a special issue for the Tree News by IFSA congress delegates on the topic “Future of our Forests”. This special issue is meant to inform students about IFSA engagement during the congress and to showcase the role of youth in shaping the future of our global forests.  Here, we want to share with you a compilation of best reads as a source of inspiration for forestry students. We approached congress participants with the request to share with us sources which they belief are “must reads” for future leaders who will be working in forest contexts.

The outcome is a comprehensive list that entails a variety of sources, ranging from academic texts, to novels and practical guides on a variety of forest and non-forest topics.  We hope that you will find one or the other inspiring book in this list and wish you happy reading!

Recommendations by Dr. Lukas Giessen (Principal Scientist for Forest Governance with European Forest Institute):

Scott, J.C (1999). Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. New Haven: Yale University Press. 

Humphreys, D. (2006). Logjam: Deforestation and the Crisis of Global Governance. New York: Earthscan.

Recommendations by Dr. Pil-Sun Park (Professor for Sylviculture, South Korea University)

Nyland, R.D. et al. (2016). Silviculture. Concepts and Applications. 3rd Edition. Long Grove: Waveland Press.

Hua, Y. (2004). Chronicle by a Blood Merchant. London: Paperback.

Recommendations by Dr. Klaus Puettmann (Professor for Sylviculture and Forest Ecology, Oregon State University)

Pirsig, R. (2006). Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Reprinted Edition. Harper Torch.

Pretzsch, H. et al. (2017). Mixed-Species Forests. Ecology and Management. Berlin: Springer.

Manson, M. (2016). The Suttle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. New York: HarperOne.

Recommendations by Dr. Konstantin von Teuffel (Director FVA and IUFRO 125 Anniversary Congress Organizer)

Young, W.P (2011). The Shack. Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity. London: Hodder & Stoughton

Morris, I. (2011).Why the West Rules for Now. The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.

Mixed reads, compiled by Tree News co-editor in chief Mahtuf Ikhsan during the congress:

 “Forest and Nature Governance : A Practice Based Approach”, written by Bas Arts, Jelle Behagel, Severine van Bommel, Jessica de Koning, Esther Turnhout in 2013.

“Community Forestry : Local Values, Conflict, and Forest Governance”, written by  Ryan C.L. Bullock and Kevin S. Hanna in 2012

“The Sibley Guideto Trees”, written by David Allen Sibley in 2009.

“The Wild Trees : A Story of Passion and Daring”, written by Richard Prestons in 2008.

“The Fate of the Forest : Developers, Destroyers, and Defenders of the Amazon”, written by Susanna B. Hecht and Alexander Cockburn in 2011

“Forest Health and Protection Second Edition”, written by Robert L. Edmonds, James K. Agee, Robert I. Garrain 2010.

“Last Child in the Woods : Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”, written by Richard Louv in 2010.

“The Secret Life of Trees: How They Live and Why They Matter”, written by Colin Tudge in 2006.





The official profile of IFSA. The International Forestry Students' Association is a non political, non religious and non for profit organization that brings forestry students from all over the world in a wide spectrum of activities.

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