Conserving old-growth forest diversity in disturbance-prone landscapes.

  title={Conserving old-growth forest diversity in disturbance-prone landscapes.},
  author={Thomas A. Spies and Miles A. Hemstrom and Andrew Youngblood and Susan Stevens Hummel},
  journal={Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology},
  volume={20 2},
A decade after its creation, the Northwest Forest Plan is contributing to the conservation of old-growth forests on federal land. However the success and outlook for the plan are questionable in the dry provinces, where losses of old growth to wildfire have been relatively high and risks of further loss remain. We summarize the state of knowledge of old-growth forests in the plan area, identify challenges to conserve them, and suggest some conservation approaches that might better meet the… CONTINUE READING

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