12 Jun '17, 9pm

Forests, Just Like the Ones Mother Nature Used to Make

Forests, Just Like the Ones Mother Nature Used to Make

Woody debris on the forest floor of a structural complexity enhancement plot inside the Jericho Research Forest. Clara Chaisson/NRDC If you build it, they will come. These words, forest ecologist Bill Keeton tells me, are more or less the guiding principle behind his efforts to build not a field, but a forest of dreams: an old-growth forest that supports wildlife and stores carbon. In the northeastern United States, the “old-growth” designation begins around 150 years old. These senior stands purify water and shelter a wide variety of plants and animals as the wear and tear to their aged limbs and roots provide microhabitats not found elsewhere. Today, forests cover about 80 percent of the Northeast. That sounds pretty good until you hear that of all the old-growth forests that dominated the region prior to European settlement, less than 1 percent remains. “That is the typ...

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