Plants modulate the turning of the hydrologic cycle by reducing surface runoff, increasing the amount of water that enters the soil, and returning it slowly to the atmosphere by transpiration
No matter how much carbon they assimilate, the carbon uptake by an existing mature forest is not additional,
Most folks don’t realize it, but the roots of plants are connected underground by a vast network of fungi that improve the function of plant roots
production of wood pellets for fuel is likely to put more CO2 in the atmosphere and maintain less biodiversity on the land during the next several decades.
Each road creates new “edge” habitat in nature, and fragments the landscape into small units that are often less conducive to the persistence of wildlife.
The future distribution of trees is of more than passing interest to a few weekend naturalists.
Conserving diversity ensures a more productive and stable set of ecosystems on which humans depend.
Enhancement of natural carbon sinks would allow a more orderly withdrawal of fossil fuels from our economy during the next several decades.
When forests cover the landscape, they increase the absorption of incoming sunlight