Locus Focus on 12/13/10
TEMPERATE AND BOREAL RAINFORESTS OF THE WORLD
The rallying cry: "Save the rainforests" means to most people tropical rainforests in the Amazon or Borneo. But there is another class of rainforests that is just as unique and important to protect: temperate and boreal rainforests. These rainforests, like their tropical counterparts, are rich in plants and wildlife, while they also contain some of the most massive trees on Earth. And some of these forests are virtually in our own backyards.
On this episode of Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with Dominick DellaSala, president and chief scientist at the Geos Institute in Ashland. He is the editor and principal writer of Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World a book recently published by Island Press, that brings together more than 30 forest scientists from around the world to describe the ecology, conservation and threats to these lesser known rainforests. We'll learn about the significance of rainforests in the interior of British Columbia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and South America, as well as closer to home along the Pacific Coast of North America.
Dominick A. DellaSala is Chief Scientist and President of the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon, and President of the North American section of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is a frequent guest on Locus Focus and was featured in Barbara's 2007 documentary Sculpted By Fire.