- Hosking, Gordon P
University of Maine Graduate School
A forest is considerably more than a collection of trees. It is a dynamic association of plants and. animals and embraces a multitude of complex interactions. Its influence far exceeds its geographic boundaries and its value far exceeds the worth of its wood. Increasing human populations have placed a heavy demand. upon this limited natural resource, especially over the past 20 years. Only through an intimate understanding of the forest as a complex biological system will we be able to maximize its contribution to our society.