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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.

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

List of Contributed Essays

List of Photographs

Preface

Foreword

 

Chapter 1. Ancient Forests: Global Resource, Global Concern

-The Problem

-The Focus

-A Note to the Reader

 

Chapter 2. The Forests of the Pacific Northwest

-Biological Uniqueness

-Human Impacts: A Historical Perspective

 

Chapter 3. The Keys to Understanding

-Succession: Forest Birth and Rebirth

-Dead Trees: The Life of the Forest

-The Definition of Old-Growth

 

Chapter 4. The Biological Values of Ancient Forests, Part 1

-Biological Diversity

-Species Diversity

 

Chapter 5. The Biological Values of Ancient Forests, Part 2

-Genetic Diversity

-Ecosystem Diversity

-Scientific Research

-Tree Plantations and Ancient Forests

-Re-creating Ancient Forests

 

Chapter 6. Effects of Timber Operations

-Destruction, Fragmentation, and Simplification

-Phases of Timber Operations

-Cumulative Effects of Timber Operations

 

Chapter 7. 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 8. 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 9. Conclusions and Recommendations

 

Glossary

Suggested Readings

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559630177
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
TEC003040
Author:
Norse, Elliott A.
Author:
Raven, Peter H.
Author:
The Wilderness Society
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19891201
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
eng
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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