Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation (Google eBook)

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Dominick A. DellaSala
Island Press, 2011 - Nature - 295 pages
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DIVWhile tropical rainforests have received much conservation attention and support for their protection, temperate and boreal rainforests have been largely overlooked. Yet these ecosystems are also unique, supporting rainforest communities rich in plants and wildlife and containing some of the most massive trees on Earth.

Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World brings together leading scientists from around the world to describe the ecology and conservation of these lesser-known rainforests in an attempt to place them on par with tropical rainforests in conservation efforts. The book•summarizes major scientific findings
•presents new computer models that were used to standardize rainforest definitions
•identifies regions previously not widely recognized as rainforest
•provides the latest estimates on rainforest extent and degree of protection
•explores conservation strategies

DIVThe book ends with a summary of the key ecological findings and outlines an ambitious vision of how we can conserve and manage the planet's remaining temperate and boreal rainforests in a truly ecological way that is better for nature, the climate, and ultimately our own welfare.
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DIVTemperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World is a call to action for an accord to protect the world's rainforests. It offers a global vision rooted in ecological science but written in common language useful for governments, decision makers, and conservation groups concerned about the plight of these remarkable forests.
  

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Contents

Just What Are Temperate and Boreal Rainforests?
1
Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the Pacific Coastof North America
42
Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of Inland Northwestern North America
82
Perhumid Boreal and Hemiboreal Forests of Eastern Canada
111
Valdivian Temperate Rainforests of Chile and Argentina
132
Temperate and Boreal Rainforest Relicts of Europe
154
Temperate Rainforests of Japan
181
Temperate Rainforests of Australasia
195
Rainforests at the Margins Regional Profiles
213
Crosscutting Issues and Conservation Strategies
243
A Global Strategy for Rainforests in the Era of Climate Change
260
Contributors
275
Index
283
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About the author (2011)

Dominick A. DellaSala is chief scientist and president of the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon, and president of the North American section of the Society for Conservation Biology.

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