Wednesday, November 15, 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.
 

Do you have a daily writing routine?

No, but I try to give myself a target for the day, such as completing a chapter.

Where do you do most of your writing?

At my desk in my study.

Where did you grow up? Can you tell us a little about it?

My early years and first schools were during WWII in Bath, Somerset, England, because my father's work was evacuated there on the outbreak of the war. I have mainly good memories except when there was a blitz on the city and a bomb landed in our garden and blew out the doors and windows, which meant that the house was uninhabitable and we had to move. I have memories of canoeing on the canal with my parents.

What is your motto in life/writing?

Persist until you get it right.

What inspired you to write your book?

Love of my profession and the realization that it is very little known and understood and its contribution to human welfare is not appreciated. 



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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