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Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 49–54 | Cite as

Forests of West Virginia, U.S.A. and Shaanxi, China: a study in forest exploitation and recovery

  • Jack E. Coster
  • Peng Hong
  • Zhang Qin-ling
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Abstract

A review of the period of unregulated exploitation of forests in the state of West Virginia (U.S.) and in Shaanxi Province, PRC was presented. Economic and ecological recovery from exploitation has been different in the two regions due to basic differences in nature of the forest and in the degree and persistence of exploitive pressures. After a century since unregulated exploitation, West Virginia forests are well on the road to management for sustainability and conservation. Shaanxi's recovery from overuse and unregulated exploitation is less certain; forests are still in the early phases of ecological recovery there. Full recovery to a period of sustainability will take a century or longer. Suggestions are made for measures needed to enhance the forest recovery.

Keywords

Forests Shaanxi West Virginia Central China Forest exploitation Recovery 

CLC number

S754 

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Article ID

1007-662X(2004)01-0049-06 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack E. Coster
    • 1
    • 3
  • Peng Hong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhang Qin-ling
    • 1
  1. 1.Shaanxi Provincial Bureau of Soil and Water ConservationXi'anP. R. China
  2. 2.College of Life ScienceNorthwest Sci-Tech University of Agriculture and ForestryYangling, ShaanxiP. R. China
  3. 3.Emeritus Professor of ForestryWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownU.S.A.

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