Ancient Forests of the Pacific Northwest / Edition 1

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<p>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.

An assessment of the biological value and vulnerability of the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest.

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YA-- South America is not the only contintent destroying its forests, as this book accurately points out. Beginning with a brief examination of virgin forests as a global issue, Norse then focuses on the last remaining U. S. ancient forests. He examines in depth the complexity of the forest biome from the largest, oldest Douglas fir to the tiniest microbe, including man's impact on this irreplacable resource. With balance and objectivity, he explains the effects of the timber industry on the ecosystem and urges that we study carefully the interdependency of all life affected by the forest, not with the intention of eliminating the logging interests, but of preserving and restoring the forest so that all its uses may be perpetuated. Students will find a wealth of factual information here. The only drawback is that the book is most effective if read cover to cover, so for researchers who are dabbling, it won't be as useful.-- Ellen Ramsay, Amphitheater High School, Tucson, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559630160
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1990
  • Series: The Wiilderness Society
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributed Essays
List of Photographs
Preface
Foreword
PART I. Ancient Forests: Global Resource,
Chaper 1. Global Concern
Chapter 2. The Problem
Chapter 3. The Focus
Chapter 4. A Note to the Reader
PART II. The Forests of the Pacific Northwest
Chapter 1. Biological Uniqueness
Chapter 2. Human Impacts: A Historical Perspective
PART III. The Keys to Understanding
Chapter 1. Succession: Forest Birth and Rebirth
Chapter 2. Dead Trees: The Life of the Forest
Chapter 3. The Definition of Old-Growth
PART IV. The Biological Value of
Chapter 1. Ancient Forests, Part 1
Chapter 2. Biological Diversity
Chapter 3. Species Diversity
PART V. The Biological Values of
Chapter 1. Ancient Forests, Part 2
Chapter 2. Genetic Diversity
Chapter 3. Ecosystem Diversity
Chapter 4. Scientific Research
Chapter 5. Tree Plantations and Ancient Forests
Chapter 6. Re-creating Ancient Forests
PART VI. Effects of Timber Operations
Chapter 1. Destruction, Fragmentation, and Simplification
Chapter 2. Phases of Timber Operations
Chapter 3. Cumulative Effects of Timber Operations
PART VII. External Threats to Ancient Forests
Chapter 1. Acidic Deposition and Tropospheric Ozone
Chapter 2. Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
Chapter 3. The Greenhouse Effect: Global Climatic Change
Chatper 4. Climatic Change and Ancient Forests
Chapter 5. Direct Carbon Dioxide Effects
Chapter 6. When Trends Collide: Timber Operations and External Threats
PART VIII. Sustainable Forestry for the
Chapter 1. Pacific Northwest
Chapter 2. How Much Old-Growth Remains?
Chapter 3. Maintaining Our Options
Chapter 4. Prospects for Maintaining Nontimber Values
Chapter 5. The Two-Track Strategy for Sustainable Forestry
Chapter 6. Preserving Ancient Forests Is Not Enough
Chapter 7. Maintaining Biologocal Diversity in Managed Forests
Chapter 8. Attaining Environmental Maturity
PART IX. Conclusions and Recommendations
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Index

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