What is a natural forest?

Richard H.W. Bradshaw

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A true “natural” forest is defined here as an idealized virgin forest condition that is uninfluenced by large-scale, systematic human activity. Peterken (1996) described a continuum from natural to managed forest, and while some forest areas are almost totally managed, it is doubtful whether any truly natural, virgin forests survive in the world. Even when a “near-natural” forest has been identified, considerable research is required to verify the virgin condition, including long-term observations to establish that current dynamic processes are not the consequence of earlier human intervention (Wolf et al. 2004). Ideally, these observations are complemented by paleoecological investigations that rule out the possibility of earlier breaks in forest continuity, which may have influenced current species content (Segerström et al. 1994).
TitelRestoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests
RedaktørerJohn A. Stanturf, Palle Madsen
ForlagCRC Press
Antal sider19
ISBN (Elektronisk)0-203-49778-3, 0-203-59157-7
ISBN (Trykt)1-56670-635-1
StatusUdgivet - 2005


NavnIntegrative Studies in Water Management and Land Development


  • Programområde 5: Natur og klima


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