DEBATE OF '98- Earth's forests are shrinking

Theo Hopkins thopkins at
Sun Apr 19 16:33:18 EST 1998

In article <353A0E98.59E20A19 at>, Joseph Zorzin
<redoak at> writes
>Increasing world population means less forest land. Is this a problem?
>What should we do about it?

At the moment, forests are only shrinking in the tropical regions.

Overall, in the temperate and boreal forest regions, forest areas are
increasing, either due plantation and/or natural regeneration after
being cut over and abandoned (eg USA?), or the reversion of abandoned
agricultural lands to forest (eg Sweden), or afforestation of land that
has not been forestsed in historical memory (UK).

Most environmentalists are worried about the absolute loss of tropical

But many forest environmentalists are concerened that the increase in
forest quantity in the temperate and boreal forest regioins has been at
the expence of forest quality and divesity, due to present industrial
forestry methods and management philosophies. In the tropical regions
there is both a loss of quantity _and_ a loss of quality where forest
has been regenarated.

Theo Hopkins

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