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Old Growth Benefits

Old Growth Benefits


Old-growth forests have rightly been characterized as ‘the key’ to biodiversity”      ...Robert Zahner

Upper Cove Clinch Mountain PreserveResearch indicates that carbon in the form of carbon dioxide is effectively removed in significant quantities from the atmosphere by all forests especially old-growth forests. These very special places are where a full suite of a region’s native plant and animals are and can be conserved. In these forests the pure waters flow and the largest amount of moisture is retained. Rich soils are built by years of humus accumulations. The standing and fallen dead wood is the habitat for a great variety of life. These forests are also exquisite sites for contemplation and aesthetic appreciation.

“Old-growth forests have rightly been characterized as ‘the key’ to biodiversity. The invaluable roles they play include making unique contributions to the gene pool; harboring natural species; demonstrating natural processes; and serving as cores for future wilderness areas and as nodes for biodiversity linked corridors.” Robert Zahner is the author of How Much Growth is Enough?, an essay in Eastern Old-Growth Forests.

See also, Program Benefits