New policies for old trees: averting a global crisis in a keystone ecological structure
Laurance, William F; Franklin, Jerry; Likens, Gene; Banks, Samuel; Blanchard, Wade; Gibbons, Philip; Stagoll (Ikin), Karen; Blair, David; McBurney, Lachlan; Manning, Adrian; Stein, John; Lindenmayer, David
Large old trees are critical organisms and ecological structures in forests, woodlands, savannas, and agricultural and urban environments. They play many essential ecological roles ranging from the storage of large amounts of carbon to the provision of key habitats for wildlife. Some of these roles cannot be replaced by other structures. Large old trees are disproportionately vulnerable to loss in many ecosystems worldwide as a result of accelerated rates of mortality, impaired recruitment, or...[Show more]
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