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Friday, November 17, 2017

Interview with Alastair Fraser, author of Forestry Flavours of the Month

 
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.
 

Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you to write? 

No one in particular, though I was somewhat encouraged by the writing of my grand uncle David Fraser, who was a correspondent for the Times of London newspaper during the first half of the 20th century and wrote a number of books on his travels and experiences 

Who is your favorite author? Why? 

I don’t have one particular favorite author though I have an eclectic collection of books by many different authors, many of whom I consider to be good writers 

What was your first sale as an author? 

My academic textbook Making Forest Policy Work in 2002 

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day? 

I am not a professional writer but generally write during normal working hours fo as long as is needed to complete a chapter. 

What is the hardest part of writing your books? 

I don’t find it hard to write. 


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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