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China's old-growth forests vanishing despite government poli

Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:26 am
by Joe
China's old-growth forests vanishing despite government policies, Dartmouth research shows
HANOVER, N.H. - China's anti-logging, conservation and ecotourism policies are accelerating the loss of old-growth forests in one of the world's most ecologically fragile places, according to studies led by a Dartmouth College scientist.

http://www.sciencecodex.com/chinas_oldg ... ows-145405

Re: China's old-growth forests vanishing despite government

Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:26 pm
by dbhguru
Joe,

Excellent find. One passage stood out to me.

The plots with the largest-diameter trees and native bamboo groves have the highest bird diversity. More birds used the sacred forests and their edges during 2010, a severe drought year in Yunnan, suggesting sacred forests serve as refuges during extreme weather years. "Our results strongly indicate that protecting old-growth forest ecosystems is important for Himalayan forest birds and that sacred forests protect a variety of habitat niches and increase bird diversity," says Brandt. The results also suggested the remaining patches of native old-growth sacred forests could be incorporated into official conservation strategies and form the backbone of an expanded natural protected area system.

I'm not sure that many people within our state resource agencies understand that there might truly be a counterpart here in our Massachusetts forests. Early successional forests are usually touted as the prescription in the Bay State.

Bob