Old-Growth Forests and Coniferous Forests (Environmental Research Advances)

Ecology, Habitat and Conservation

51mcjuhmUIL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author Ronald P. Weber
Isbn 9781634823692
File size 3.42MB
Year 2015
Pages 130
Language English
File format PDF
Category Animals

Book Description:

Forest ecosystems cover around 31% of the total land area of the Earth. They represent important biodiversity and genetic resources; provide material goods, including fuelwood, commercial timber, soils, medicinal plants and others; as well as environmental services, such as cleaning air and water, sequestering carbon and maintaining biodiversity. Old-growth forests are those developed during long periods without relevant human impact and with distinctive features in terms of forest continuity, structural heterogeneity, large volumes of standing and fallen deadwood, decaying ancient and veteran trees, and large diameter live trees. These characteristics ensure the growth and dispersal of forest-dwelling species, playing thus a vital role in the conservation of biodiversity. This book discusses the ecology, habitat and conservation of old-growth forests, as well as coniferous forests.

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