Ecological and Economic Sustainability of the Appalachian Forest in an Era of Globalization

Research Focus

Forest disturbances can result from human actions, such as harvesting, as well as from natural disturbances, such as wind or ice damage, insect defoliation, or diseases.The region's forests have been shaped by past exploitative harvesting, contrasting fire regimes, dramatic changes in the wildlife community, periods of herbivory, persistent acidic deposition for the past 75 years, and a century of impact by non-native forest insects and diseases. Climate change is a relatively new stressor, and the impacts, which could be profound, are only beginning to be identified and incorporated into management decisions. Nonetheless, the region's forests remain productive, provide essential ecosystem services, support a thriving tourism industry, and provide the raw materials for the important forest products industry.

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Last Modified: May 14, 2021