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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Management of Forest Lands

The Defenders of Wildlife have released a new report discussing the implications of climate change for the management of forest lands in the United States.

From the Executive Summary:

"Strategies for conserving biological diversity will need to be modified to incorporate consideration of climate change, such as reconsidering which species may be of greatest concern, or size, number, and location of protected areas. However, most of what needs to be done soon is what we’ve known we need to do for a long time: reducing habitat fragmentation, increasing populations of at-risk species, and controlling invasive species. Conservation strategies need to recognize that species can be expected to move and adapt independently as climate changes, and that novel ecosystems will arise."

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