ForestsBook - 2010
Forests vital to life on earth. Ecologically, they cleanse our air, protect our rivers, stabilize soil, sequester carbon, and host almost three-quarters of the world's flora and fauna. Socially, wood has been an important resource, from the earliest societies to our daily use of products today. Nearly 1.6 billion people depend on the forest for their livelihoods, and some 1 billion people depend on drugs from forest plants for their medicinal needs. Our forests are diminishing in quantity and quality. Nearly one-third of the earth's land is covered with forests-about half of what scientists estimate covered the earth 11,000 years age. Today, it continues to rapidly decline, losing 36 million acres of natural forest each year. How can we manage the earth's forest in a sustainable way-to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs? Diminishing Resources: Forests explores the ecology of forests, the social impact of forests, and what our global community is doing to protect this vital resource. Book jacket.
Publisher: Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds, c2010.
Characteristics: 112 pages :,illustrations (some color), maps (some col.) ;,24 cm.