"Primary" or "old growth
" forests store far more carbon than logged forests: about 30 to 70 percent more.
The individual chapters are authored by leading old-growth experts examining topics of contemporary forest ecology including forest structure and dynamics, below-ground soil processes, biological diversity, differences between historical and modern forests, carbon and climate change mitigation, management of old growth
, and more.
Some specific subjects investigated are old-growth disturbance dynamics, forest-stream interactions in eastern old-growth forests, biological diversity in eastern old growth
, and carbon dynamics in eastern old-growth forests.
Bob also played a prominent role in launching the system of public reserves in Massachusetts that protects late-successional forests that are on the path to becoming old growth
. He is the current chair of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation's Forest Reserve Scientific Advisory Committee.
Little did Forsman know that this little creature would be the catalyst that would rein in a timber industry gone berserk, mowing down old growth
timber with hand-powered crosscut saws and, later, gas- powered chainsaws.
This material was believed to be representative of typical production of these species and was classified as old growth
or second growth according to information obtained from the suppliers.
"We're interested in all timber, whether it's young growth or old growth
," he says.
"All the remaining old growth
is in the western part of the state," he explained.
Trees, particularly old growth
trees are known to scrub off carbon dioxide naturally from the air and keeping it within their cells; reason enough to protect such trees.
As crazy as it sounds, no one really knows how much old growth
is left in America's forested regions, mainly because various agencies and scientists have different ideas about how to define the term.
The battle was intense in the late '80s and early '90s, but by now the mills that needed old growth
logs have shut down, and the people who were going to be laid off have already been laid off or are now retrained.