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Forestry in a Changing World: Will We Adapt or Be Left in the Woods? (Invited Papers)

The world has changed remarkably over the past decade. To be effective in ensuring that the broad field of forestry keeps pace with change we must constantly be adapting or else be “left in the woods” by others who are more effective in meeting the needs of a changing society. The most important global issue is world population, the rise of Chinese and Indian economies, and the critical impact of increasing population on sustaining the world’s wood resources in the face of massive deforestation. Recent global assessments such as the IPPC Reports, the Millennium Report, and the Stern Report all indicate that stresses on the world’s ecosystems are reaching tipping points. Other global signals are changes in world trade of forest products, the severe impact of illegal logging, and the role of planted forests in both providing wood resources and in sequestering carbon. The important question is how should forestry adapt to these dramatic changes?


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Author(s): John A. Helms

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 2007

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