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Ancient Forests of the Pacific Northwest

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This book provides a global context for what is happening in the Pacific Northwest, analyzing the remaining ancient forest and the threats to it from atmospheric changes and logging. It shows how human tampering affects an ecosystem, and how the Pacific Northwest could become a model for sustainable forestry worldwide.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-314) and index.

About the Author

In 1986, as Public Policy Director of the Ecological Society of America, Elliot Norse had worked with The Wilderness Society (which sponsored this book) to write "Conserving Biological Diversity in Our National Forests".

Elliott Norse has had a fascination with marine biota since preschool which continues today, leading to doctoral and post-doctoral research on the distribution ecology of crabs in tropical marine ecosystems. He has lived many years in the Pacific Northwest, where he learned that constructive changes need to occur to prevent the ancient forests from disappearing.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Contributed Essays

List of Photographs

Preface

Foreword

Chapter I. Ancient Forests: Global Resource,

Global Concern

The Problem

The Focus

A Note to the Reader

Chapter II. The Forests of the Pacific Northwest

Biological Uniqueness

Human Impacts: A Historical Perspective

Chapter III. The Keys to Understanding

Succession: Forest Birth and Rebirth

Dead Trees: The Life of the Forest

The Definition of Old-Growth

Chapter IV. The Biological Value of

Ancient Forests, Part 1

Biological Diversity

Species Diversity

Chapter V. The Biological Values of

Ancient Forests, Part 2

Genetic Diversity

Ecosystem Diversity

Scientific Research

Tree Plantations and Ancient Forests

Re-creating Ancient Forests

Chapter VI. Effects of Timber Operations

Destruction, Fragmentation, and Simplification

Phases of Timber Operations

Cumulative Effects of Timber Operations

Chapter VII. External Threats to Ancient Forests

Acidic Deposition and Tropospheric Ozone

Stratospheric Ozone Depletion

The Greenhouse Effect: Global Climatic Change

Climatic Change and Ancient Forests

Direct Carbon Dioxide Effects

When Trends Collide: Timber Operations and External Threats

Chapter VIII. Sustainable Forestry for the

Pacific Northwest

How Much Old-Growth Remains?

Maintaining Our Options

Prospects for Maintaining Nontimber Values

The Two-Track Strategy for Sustainable Forestry

Preserving Ancient Forests Is Not Enough

Maintaining Biologocal Diversity in Managed Forests

Attaining Environmental Maturity

Chapter IX. Conclusions and Recommendations

Glossary

Suggested Readings

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559630160
Author:
Norse, Elliot A
Publisher:
Island Press
Foreword by:
Raven, Peter H.
Foreword:
Raven, Peter H.
Designed by:
Raven, Peter H.
Designed:
Raven, Peter H.
Author:
Norse, Elliott A.
Author:
Raven, Peter H.
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
Biological diversity conservation
Subject:
Sustainable forestry
Subject:
OLD GROWTH FORESTS
Subject:
Timber
Subject:
Timber -- Northwest, Pacific.
Subject:
Sustainable forestry -- Northwest, Pacific.
Subject:
Old growth forest ecology.
Subject:
Old growth forest conservation.
Subject:
TEC003040
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Agriculture - Forestry
Subject:
Old growth forests -- Northwest, Pacific.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
al-°adad 6
Publication Date:
December 1989
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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