(1888.3—1971.1) Editor in Chief in 1956—1966
He is the famous forest scientist and forestry educator. He once served as the chairman of China Association of Agricultural Science Societies, the vice chairman of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd sessions of Council of Chinese Society of Forestry, and the acting chairman general of the 3rd session of the Council. Throughout his life, he had engaged in the teaching, scientific research, and field practices related to forestry, and had cultivated a large number of forestry talents. In his early life, he established some forest farms and personally participated in afforestation activities, which made significant contributions to forestry teaching and land greening in China. His outstanding achievements in the research on tree taxonomy and silviculture make him the recognized founder of Chinese tree taxonomy. He had written a range of monographs with highly academic and practical significance throughout his life, including Chinese Tree Taxonomy, Silviculture Theory, Silviculture and Special Theory of Silviculture, which have earned him the high praise from the national and international forestry scientists.
(1904.6—1983.7) Editor in Chief in 1979—1983
He is the famous forestry scientist, forest botanist and forestry educator. He was elected as a member of the Biology Department of Chinese Academy of Science in 1955, and once acted as the chairman of the 4th Session of Council of Chinese Society of Forestry. He had very advanced knowledge in dendrology, and identified 4 new genus and more than 100 new species of trees, quite a few of which are rare and endemic species to China. In the mid 1940s, he and Mr. Hu Xiansu named a new species of Metasequoia, which is considered to be one of the major discoveries in the world's botany. He monographs that he had written throughout his life, especially Silviculture Techniques of Major Tree Species in China, the 7th Volume of The Flora of China and the1st and 2nd Volumes of China's Trees Record in his later years which were completed in his later life, have earned him the high admiration from the forestry community at home and abroad.
(1913.8—1995.5) Editor in Chief in 1983—1995
He is the forest ecologist and forest geographer. He was elected as a member of the Biology Department of Chinese Academy of Science in 1980, and once elected as the chairman of the 5th and 6th Session of Council of Chinese Society of Forestry. He had been long engaged in forestry scientific research, and conducted the in-depth study of the classification and geographical distribution of the forests, main tree species and forest types in China as well as the interactions between forest and ecological elements. The comprehensive forestry investigation that he led to complete, his research on the ecological traits of important timber species including pine, Chinese fir and paulownia, the classification and geographical distribution of pine genus, and his establishment of commercial Chinese fir timber forests made important contributions to the research and also made him one of pioneers in forest tree introduction and domestication. He has always emphasized the strategic measures to provide the guidance in line with the different classification of forest and establish well-managed forest farms.
(1933.1—) Editor in Chief in 1995—2014
He is the contemporary silviculturist and forestry educator in China. He was elected as the Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1995, and acted as the president of Beijing Forestry University, the chairman of the 8th session of Council of Chinese Society of Forestry, and the vice president of Chinese Academy of Engineering. He has conducted a large number of explorations and researches in the fields of site classification assessment and species adaptation to site, mixed forest establishment, cultivation of fast-growing and high-yielding forests, silviculture technology in arid and semi-arid areas, and urban forestry, which help fill a large range of gaps. He has devoted himself to investigations and suggestions for restoring forest resources and ecological environment in the burned forest in Daxing'anling, coordinated the formulation of the Technical Policies for the Development of Fast-growing and High-yield Timber Forest, and also participated in consultation and research projects of "Research on Agricultural Development Strategy in the Golden Triangle Area of Southwest Resources", "Beijing Urban Forestry Research", "Research on Ecological Environment Construction in the Loess Plateau", "Research on Strategic Development of Sustainable Water Resources in China", "Forest Resources and Sustainable Development in China", which have played an important role in critical decision-makings in the forestry and related fields in China.
(1945.9—) Editor in Chief since 2014
He is the biologist and forest silviculturist. He was elected as the Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2005, and was once the president of Beijing Forestry University, the vice chairman of the 9th and 10th Session of Council of Chinese Society of Forestry, and the member of Executive Committee of the International Poplar Commission. His research on the multidisciplinary silviculture and biology help solve the problem of lack of rapid quantitative techniques for identifying the excellent stress-resistant and fast-growing varieties and screening their stress-resistance and high-growth potential in China. His inventions of the plant vitality analyzer and the first new technology to identify seedlings and root survival are key to ensure the seedlings quality for afforestation. His development of the quantitative evaluation technology for the drought and saline resistant forest trees helps the screening of the excellent stress-resistant species for vegetation restoration in arid land. His establishment of physiological indicator system is the base to evaluate the quality of seedlings and screen the seedlings with strong vigor. He is also working on the techniques for photosynthetic performance prediction of growth potential, and overcomes the major problems arising in fast-growing improved seed gardens such as difficulty to flower, low seed set, and inability to produce excellent varieties.