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The following is a brief, selected guide to forestry information resources available in Fogler Library, through the Fogler Library home page, and the World Wide Web.

Indexes and Databases | Forestry Journals Author Instruction Pages | Directories | Encyclopedias | Associations, Societies, Agencies | Handbooks, Manuals, and Atlases | Statistics | Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Acronyms | Virtual Libraries

New Resources since 4/1/2014

Directory of wood products industry associations. American Wood Council.

Forest and conservation technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Forest and conservation workers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


URSUS - the online catalogue of the University of Maine System, contains a wealth of information on forestry and related topics. Searching is by author, title, keyword, subject, and call number. Through URSUS you can find books, conference, symposium, and workshop proceeding volumes, University of Maine theses and dissertations, and state, federal, Canadian, and other international documents. Material is catalogued by Library of Congress Subject Headings. The following subject headings may get you started in your search:

deforestation, forest conservation, forest ecology, forest insects, forest management, forest policy, forest products, forest regeneration, forest reserves, forest soils, forestry engineering, forestry law and legislation, forests and forestry economic aspects

A good way to search URSUS is by keyword. A keyword search searches author, title, series, subject, and contents notes. Using the keyword search option you can combine various keywords together using AND, OR, and parentheses. If you wanted to find information on soils in Maine or Vermont your search might look like this:

                                        (soil or soils) and (vermont or maine or new england)

Indexes and Databases

Agricola  1978-present online
Bibliography of Agriculture Sci Index S1.U52. 1942-1996 (1980-1996 in Annex). If you are connecting to this database off the University of Maine campus but within the State of Maine, please connect through Maine's Science, Technology & Business Library.
Index to materials acquired by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and cooperating institutions. Includes journal articles, monographs, series, and materials in many non-print formats covering a broad range of forestry related topics.   Bibliography of Agriculture (print form of Agricola) can be searched by subject, author, and geographic location. The Web version can be searched in a variety of ways including author, title and abstract keyword, and CAB descriptors. From 1979-1985 international in scope. From 1985+ focuses on U.S. related publications. Note that the National Agricultural Library provides its own Web interface to Agricola from 1970 to present. There is an online thesaurus.  Updated monthly.

AGRIS- 1975-present online
This database is one of the three main agricultural databases along with Agricola and CAB. It is produced and maintained by FAO. It contains over 2.7 million references. Searching is by keyword or by individual fields within a record. Agris indexes journals and books as well as gray literature, such as reports and theses. The records have been divided into two parts: references from 1975 to 1996 and from 1996 to present. Updated monthly.

Bibliography of Canadian Tree-Ring Research
Search by author, title, source, and keyword and limit by year of publications.  Abstracts only.  Developed and maintained by Dan Smith, University of Victoria Tree-Ring Laboratory.

Bibliography of Dendrochronology
This databases contains over 12,800 references, many with abstracts.  Search by author, title, year of publication, or keyword. The databases was complied and maintained by Dr. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, University of Tennessee.

BIOSIS Previews [computer file], 1926-present
BIOSIS Previews, worldwide in scope, indexes the literature of the biological and biomedical sciences. The premier database in the biological sciences, subject coverage includes agriculture, biochemistry, bioengineering, botany, ecology, forestry, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, and zoology. Approximately 5,500 serial publications (see Biosis Previews serials list) as well as books, proceedings and meeting abstracts, technical reports, review papers, and patents are indexed. There are 58 separate data fields that can be searched including author, title, publication source, organism, concepts, super taxa, publication type, author affiliation, and abstract keyword. Searches can be limited to review articles.

Cooperative Forestry Research Unit Publications Database
This database focuses on ecology, economics, and growth and management of Maine forests. Contains the full-text of University of Maine's Cooperative Forestry Research Unit's (CFRU) reports as well as other publications resulting from research by CFRU staff and associates. Searchable by subject category such as hardwood management, harvesting, and thinning. The database can be browsed by author, subject, and title.

Current Research Information System
A searchable database of U.S. Department of Agriculture funded research. Search by keyword, investigator, agency, institution, state, and project status and type. Many records include a list of publications resulting from the research.

Dendrome: A forest tree genome database. U.S. Forest Service and ARS collaboration.

Ecology Abstracts - 1982-present online
Sci Index QH 540 A66.
Indexes the broad area of the interactions of organisms with their environment. Includes information on conservation, pollution, management, environmental degradation, and reclamation. Ecology Abstracts can be searched by author, title, subject, and abstract word. Indexes over 900 journals (see Serials source list for Ecology Abstracts). Updated monthly.

The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database
Topics covered include ecology, prescribed fires, wildfires, fire histories, and ecology of the southeastern United States. Search by keyword.  Bibliographic record only with some abstracts.  More than 26,000 references as of August 2011.  Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy, Tallahassee, FL.

FAO Forestry Databases
Worldwide production, import and export data on roundwood, sawnwood, wood-based panels, pulp, paper and paperboard.

Fire Research Institute Online Database
Searchable database of citations + some abstracts on all aspect of wildland fire.  Searching is by keyword. Developed and maintained by the Fire Research Institute.

Forest History Society. Environmental History Bibliography. 1633-present
Containing over 40,000 records with approximately 1,500 added per year, this searchable bibliography contains books, articles, and dissertations on a variety of  subjects related to forestry.  It is maintained by the Forest History Society.

Forest History Society. Guide to environmental history archival collections.
Describes more than 7,000 collections in 450 repositories in North America.  Forest History Society.

Forest Products Abstracts - 1978 to present
Sci Index SD 430 F66.
Index to all aspects of the forest products literature including wood properties, timber extraction, conversion, and measurement, damage, utilization, veneers, composite boards, laminated products, the pulp industry, and marketing and trade economics. This databases is updated bi-monthly and indexes over 450 journals. 

Forestry Abstracts - 1980 to present
Sci Index SD 1 F66.
Index to the world's literature on all aspects of forestry including silviculture, forest mensuration and management, fire, plant biology, genetics and breeding, mycology and pathology, insects and other invertebrates, land use, and forest protection and conservation. This database is updated monthly and indexes over 750 journals. 

Plantfacts Factsheet Database
A searchable database of horticultural and crop science information from 46 U.S. and Canadian institutions. Contains information on various tree species.  Maintained by The Ohio State University Department of Horticultural and Crop Science.

Review of Plant Pathology - 1973 to present
Oro Sci SB599.R4. 1970-present
Index to plant pathology literature including information on diseases of crop and ornamental plants as well as forest trees. Coverage includes taxonomy, molecular biology, control, genetics, and physiology. Review of Plant Pathology in print form can be searched by author and CAB descriptors. The Web version can be searched in a variety of ways including author, title and abstract keyword, and CAB descriptors. Indexes 1,000+ journals, as well as books, reports, and conference proceedings. Updated monthly.

Social Sciences in Forestry 1985-present
Searchable database of resources. Subjects indexed include legislation, policy and planning, management, economic development, etc., as applied to general forestry, forest management, forest industries, forest goods and services.  From the Forestry Library, University of Minnesota.

A full-text database of USDA forest service publications.  Searchable by author, keyword, and title. Includes government publications and journal articles.  Contains over 7,000 publications.  Note that USDA Forest Service is making available the full-text of publications within 3 months of publication.

Trail Planning, Construction & Maintenance 1984-present
Searchable database of resources. Subjects include planning, design, construction, and maintenance of trails.  Includes use studies. From the Forestry Library, University of Minnesota.

Tropical Forest Conservation & Development 1982-present
Searchable database of resources. Subjects indexed include: Tropical forest resources; deforestation; conservation; indigenous peoples; management; policy; trade and industrial development; non-timber forest products; research, education, and training; and history.  From the Forestry Library, University of Minnesota.

UNEP-WCMC Species Database
From the World Conservation Monitoring Center, search this database by family, genus, and species and limit by country or IUCN red list categories and criteria.  Each tree species record contains CITES information and notes.

Urban Forestry
Indexes publications relating to the history of urban forestry; urban forest legislation; the benefits of urban forests; selection and planting of trees; maintenance of the urban forest; planning and management; and urban forestry programs.  From the Forestry Library, University of Minnesota.

Web of Science. 1899-present
Science Citation Index
Sci Index Q1.A1S36
Web of Science includes Science Citation Index from 1899-present.  Search by word in the title, keyword, and abstract.  Perform cited reference searches from 1900 to present. Limit by author affiliation and document type.  See the master journal list.

The World Bank
Search for World Bank documents related to forestry. 

Forestry Journals Author Instruction Pages

Annals of Forest Science

Atmospheric Research

Biodiversity and Conservation
Biomass & Bioenergy
The Bryologist

Canadian Journal of Forest Research

Drying Technology
European Journal of Forest Research
European Journal of Wood and Wood Products

Forest Ecology and Management

Forest Products Journal
Forest Science

Forestry Chronicle

Forest Policy and Economics
Journal of Cleaner Production
Journal of Ecology

Journal of Forestry

Journal of Sustainable Forestry
Journal of Vegetation Science
Landscape Ecology
Mathematical and Computational Forestry & Natural-Resource Science
Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal

Northern Journal of Applied Forestry


Physiologia Plantarum

Plant Ecology

Plant Physiology

Silva Fennica

Tree Physiology

Trees: Structure and Function
Western Journal of Applied Forestry
Wood and Fiber Science


Agricultural Conferences, Meetings, Seminars Calendar
Developed and maintained by the Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNic).

Association of Consulting Foresters of America. 2012-2014 membership directory.
Sci Ref SN127.A88 2012-2014

Directory of the wood products industry 2004. San Francisco: Miller Freeman.
Sci Ref HD 9753 D57

Directory of wood products industry associations. American Wood Council.

FAO forestry contacts database

Forestry photos. FAO. searchable database for education and other non-commercial purposes.

Forestry research institutions. FAO

International pulp & paper directory. 2002. San Francisco, M. Freeman Publications; Pulp & Paper International.
Sci Ref TS1088 .I57 1999

International tree-ring databank 
Maintained by the NOAA Paleoclimatology Program and World Data
Center-A for Paleoclimatology.

Lockwood-Post's directory of pulp & paper mills. 2010. Boston: RISI.
Sci Ref TS1088 .L822 2010

Maine Registry of Big Trees

National Association of University Forest Resources Programs
Includes list of member schools and colleges.

National Forestry Database Program. Canadian Council of Forest Ministers.

National Forests and National Grasslands by State
Maintained by the USDA Forest Service

Phillips international paper directory 2003. Tonbridge, Kent: Benn Business Information Services Ltd. 752p.
Sci Ref TS1088.P52

Pulp & paper North American factbook. 2000. San Francisco: Miller Freeman.
Sci Ref TS1088 .P86 2000

Pulp & paper Canada annual and directory. 2008. Westmount, Qué.: Southam Business Publications.
Sci Ref TS1080 .P85 2000

Pulp & paper company profiles. 2004. San Francisco, CA: Miller Freeman.
Sci Ref TS1088 .P75 1998 v. 1 & 2

Society of American Foresters. 1997. Certified foresters directory. Bethesda, MD: Society of American Foresters.
Sci Ref SD126.5 .S63 1997

For U.S. Forestry Associations. University of Minnesota, University Libraries, search Forestry AgNic

Vaucher, H. 1986. Elsevier's dictionary of trees and shrubs: in Latin, English, French, German, Italian. Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier.
Sci Ref  QK474.87 .V38 1986


Burley, J, Evans, J., and Youngquist, J.A. 2004. Encyclopedia of Forest Sciences. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 4vols.
Sci Ref SD126.E53 2004

Cubbage, F. (ed.) 2007-2009. Forests and Forestry in the Americas: An encyclopedia. Society of American Foresters and International Society of Tropical Foresters.

Davis, R.C. 1983. Encyclopedia of American forest and conservation history. New York : Macmillan Pub. Co.; London: Collier Macmillan Publishers.
Sci Ref SD143 .E53 1983

Hough, R.B. Hough's encyclopaedia of American woods. New York: R. Speller, 1957-<1979 >
Sci Ref  SD536 .H832.  See the University of North Carolina, Special Collections Research Center website for digital images from Hough's book.

Houtman, R. 2004. Variegated trees & shrubs[:] The illustrated encyclopedia. Portland, OR: Timber Press. 338p.
Sci Ref SB435.H825 2004

More, D. and White, J. 2005. The illustrated encyclopedia of trees. 2nd ed. Portland, OR: Timber Press. 
Sci Ref QK475.M67 2005

Patterson, D. Commercial timbers of the world. 1988. 5th ed. Aldershot: Gower Technical Press; Brookfield, VT: Gower.
Sci Ref SD434 .T5 1988

Timbers of the world. [High Wycombe]: TRADA/The Construction Press, 1979-1980
Sci Ref SD434 .T47 1979

Associations, Societies, Agencies

Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc.
Canadian Institute of Forestry

Commonwealth Forestry Association
Forest History Society
Forest Products Society
Maine Forest Service
National Association of University Forest Resources Program

National Association of State Foresters

Society of American Foresters

World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Handbooks, Manuals, and Atlases

Agroforestree Database. International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, World Agroforestry Centre. Search tree species by common or scientific name. Information includes taxonomy, ecology and distribution, propagation and management, functional uses, and pests and diseases.

Bark and wood boring beetles of the world. University of Georgia Bugwood Network.

Bonner, F.T., and Karrfait, R.P. (eds.) 2008. The woody plant seed manual. Agricultural Handbook #727. Washington, D.C.: USDA. 1223p.

Burns, Russell M. [1990-1991] Silvics of North America. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service 
ORO Reserves SD395 .U5 1990 v.1 & v.2

Center for Wood Anatomy Research. USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 
Detailed fact sheets

Conservation scientists and foresters. Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Dirr, M. 1997. Dirr's Hardy trees and shrubs: an illustrated encyclopedia. Portland, OR: Timber Press.
Sci Ref SB435.5 .D556 1997

Dirr, M.A. 2009. Manual of woody landscape plants - their identification, ornamental characteristics, culture, propagation and uses. 6th ed. Champaign, IL: Stipes Publishing. 1325p.
Sci Ref SB435.5.D57 2009

Eckenwalder, J.E. 2009. Conifers of the world - the complete reference. Portland, OR: Timber Press. 720p.
Sci Ref QK494.E34 2009

Farjon, A. 2001. World checklist and bibliography of conifers. 2nd ed. Kew, England: Royal Botanical Gardens. 309p.
Sci Ref QK494.F37 2001

Fire Effects Information. USDA, Forest Service. Search by tree species for information on fire ecology and effects, distribution, management, and botanical and ecological characteristics.

Conservation scientists and foresters. Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Forest and conservation technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Forest and conservation workers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Forest and Shade Tree Pathology.  2005. Online text book by Dr. James J. Worrall, Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service.

Forest fire danger report. Maine Forest Service.

Forest Insect and Disease Leaflets. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region.  Both eastern and western United States.

Forest policy and management division, Maine Forest Service - Information sheet series

Forest Products Laboratory. 2010. Wood handbook--Wood as an engineering material. Gen. Tech. Rep. FPL-GTR-190. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 463p.
Sci Ref TA419 .W66 1999

Forest Service trend data. United States historical trends. USDA, Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis National Program.

Forestry department country profiles. FAO.

Hanson, T. and Walker, E.B. n.d. Field guide to common insect pests of urban trees in the northeast. Waterbury, VT: Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

Johnson, W.T. and Lyon, H.H. 1988. Insects that feed on trees and shrubs. Ithaca, NY: Comstock Pub. Associates.
Sci Ref SB762 .J63 1988

Land areas of the national forest system. Detailed data from 1947-2012 includes area of national forests by state, region, congressional district, and county as well as state data on national scenic areas, national wild and scenic rivers, national recreational areas, and much more. Maintained by the Forest Service, USDA. 

Le Hardy de Beaulieu, A. 2003. An illustrated guide to maples. Portland, OR: Timber Press. 464p.
Sci Ref QK495.A17L4 2003

Leafsnap: An electronic field guide
Electronic field guide developed by researchers from Columbia University, University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Ilic, J. 1991. CSIRO atlas of hardwoods. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
Sci Ref QK647 .I55 1991

Lumber production and mill stocks. 2009, 2010. MA321T. Current industrial reports, U.S. Census Bureau.

Lyren, L. 2004. Gender and forestry - a bibliography. Forestry Library, Faculty of Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Maine Forest Service. Forest and shade tree insect and disease conditions for Maine: A summary of the 2011 situation.  Note: summaries for 1999, 2000-2001, 2006-2007 also available from this site.

Maine's forest resources 2010. USDA, Forest Service, Northern Research Station

Oderwalk, R.G. and Johnson, J.E. 2004. Measuring Standing Trees & Logs. Virginia Cooperative Extension. Publication No. 420-560.

Prasad, A.M., Iverson, L.R., Matthews, S., and Peters, M.  [2007]. Climate Change Tree Atlas (A spatial database of 134 tree species of the Eastern USA).  USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, Delaware, Ohio

REFORGEN - FAO world-wide information system on forest genetic resources.

Samuelson, L.J. and Hogan, M.E. 2006. Forest trees[:] A guide to the Eastern United States. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. 539p.
Sci Ref QK115.S26 2006

Samuelson, L.J. and Hogan, M.E. 2003. Forest trees[:] A guide to the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Sci Ref QK125.S26 2003

SelecTree - a tree selection guide
Basic information on a wide variety of trees from the Urban Forest Ecosystem Institute.  Select trees by name, attribute, or search the database.

Sinclair, W.A. and Lyon, H.H. 2005. Diseases of trees and shrubs. 2nd ed. Ithaca, NY: Comstock Pub. Associates.
Sci Ref SB764 .N67S57 2005

Solomon, J.D. [1995] Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs [microform]. [Washington, D.C.?] : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service.
ORO GovDoc Fiche A 1.76:706

State of the World's Forest 2012. FAO Forestry Programme.

Technical Guide to Urban and Rural Forestry. 1993 (rev. ed.) World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon and Robin Morgan. 

Thompson, R.S., Anderson, K.H., and Bartlein, P.J. 1999. Atlas of Relations Between Climatic Parameters and Distributions of Important Trees and Shrubs of North America. USGS

Tree Fact Sheets
A searchable database from Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.

Tree list. US Forest Service.
Arranged alphabetically by genus, these detailed reports cover taxonomy, distribution and occurrence, management, botanical and ecological considerations, and fire ecology.  Each species description has an extensive reference list.

Western forest insects & diseases: Publications and links.  Pacific Northwest Region, Forest Service, USDA.
Wilderness information for educators, managers, scientists, and the public. 

The Wood Collection. National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany.
Search database by family, genus, species, variety, collector, state/province, and country to find vouchered specimens.


FAOSTAT - Forestry domain.

Forest Products Annual Market Review. FAO

Trend data. Forest Inventory and Analysis National Program, Forest Service, USDA.
Historic data (1760-2000) on U.S. Forests.

Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Acronyms

Acronyms and Initialisms for Forestry Terms in British Columbia
Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Forests

Delijska, B. and Manoilov, P. 2004. Elsevier's dictionary of forestry (English, German, French, Russian). Amsterdam: Elsevier. 1051p.
Sci Ref SAD126.D455 2004

Farrar, J.L. 1995. Trees of the northern United States and Canada. Ames: Iowa State University Press.
Sci Ref QK110 .F3 1995

Fire Effects Information System Glossary. USDA, Forest Service.

Forest Genetics Glossary. Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. C. Maynard author.

Glossary of arboricultural terms. 2009. International Society of Arboriculture.
Sci Ref SB435.H317

Glossary of Forest Genetics Terms
Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia

Glossary of forestry protection. From: Diagnosing injury to eastern forest trees. The Pennsylvania State University, 1987.

Glossary of Forestry Terms
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Based on "Forestry terminology" by Nancy Pywell, Pennsylvania State University.

Glossary of Forestry Terms in British Columbia
Produced and maintained by the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Forests and Range

Glossary of wildland fire terminology. 2012. National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)

Helms, J.A. 1998. The dictionary of forestry. Bethesda, MD: Society of American Foresters.
Sci Ref SD126 .D535 1998

Kaennel, M. and Schweingruber, F.H. 1995. Multilingual glossary of dendrochronology : terms and definitions in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian. Berne: Paul Haupt Publishers.
Sci Ref  QK477.2.A6 M85 1995

Linnard, William.1999.  Russian-English, English-Russian forestry and wood dictionary. 2nd ed. Wallingford, UK ; New York: CABI Pub.
Sci Ref SD126 .L56 1999

Multilingual glossary forest genetic resources. FAO Forestry Department and International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

SilvaTerm database. IUFRO. Search form terms in one language and find the equivalent term in another language.

Understanding forestry terms -- a glossary for private landowners. Woodland Owner Notes, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Notes.

Wenger, K.F. Forestry handbook. 1984. 2nd ed. New York: Wiley.
Sci Ref SD373 .F58 1984

World Dictionary of Trees. Includes information on distribution, foliage, height, uses, and synonyms. Not yet completed. Created and maintained by Dr. Miroslav M. Grandtner, Laval University.

Virtual Libraries
A subject tree approach to web based forestry information.  There is a pull-down menu of approximately 70 subject terms. Site sponsored by USDA Forest Service Region 8, Southern Forestry Extension, and the Southern Group of State Foresters.

Forestry Agnic
University Libraries, University of Minnesota

Forestry Images
University of Georgia and USDA

Forestry Reference Resources
Robert Sathrum, Humboldt State University Library

National Forestry Database Program
Compilation of Canada's national forestry statistics. Maintained by  Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service

The Science of Tree Rings
Developed and maintained by Dr. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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