Saving The World's Deciduous Forests: Ecological Perspectives From East Asia, North America, And…

Hardcover | March 25, 2014

byRobert A. Askins

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A fascinating look at how the deciduous forests of the northern hemisphere have developed across time and space, providing the insights we need to preserve them today

Deciduous forests have been remarkably resilient throughout their history, recovering from major shifts in climate and surviving periods of massive deforestation. But today the world’s great forests confront more ominous threats than ever before. This visionary book is the first to examine forests consisting of oaks, maples, hickories, beeches, chestnuts, birches and ecologically similar animals and plants on three continents—East Asia, Europe, and North America—to reveal their common origin back in time, the ecological patterns they share, and the approaches to conservation that have been attempted on their behalf.
 
Although these forests face common problems, threats due to human activities vary. Different land use and agricultural practices on the three continents, as well as different attitudes about what is worth preserving, have led to strikingly different approaches to forest conservation. Robert Askins explores the strengths and weaknesses of conservation efforts across the continents and concludes that the ideal strategy for the future will blend the best ideas from each.

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A fascinating look at how the deciduous forests of the northern hemisphere have developed across time and space, providing the insights we need to preserve them today Deciduous forests have been remarkably resilient throughout their history, recovering from major shifts in climate and surviving periods of massive deforestation. But tod...

Robert A. Askins is Katherine Blunt Professor of Biology, Connecticut College. He lives in Ledyard, CT.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300166818

ISBN - 13:9780300166811

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“This book offers an impressive account of processes shaping the biological diversity of deciduous forests in three regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Important messages emerge for forest conservation.”—Robert Fuller, editor of Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes