Biodiversity of Canadian Forests, with Particular Reference to the West Coast Forests

  • Timothy J. B. Boyle
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 116)


One of the issues that may have the greatest impact on forestry practices and the forests of the future is the conservation of biodiversity. There is considerable unease in the modern forestry community about the concept of biodiversity, and the consequences of its loss or of the actions required for its conservation. The weight of public opinion is firmly in favor of conserving biodiversity, as is demonstrated by recent events in the Pacific Northwest of the United States concerning the preservation of the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis), and its coverage in scientific (e.g., Heilman, 1990) and popular publications (e.g., Findley, 1990; Watts, 1991). Recent public opinion polls in Canada have also indicated support for the conservation of biodiversity over strictly commercial uses.


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