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Presentation from Dominick A. DellaSala, chief scientist and president of the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon, and president of the North American section of the Society for Conservation Biology.

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  1. 1. THE FORGOTTEN RAINFORESTS:TEMPERATE AND BOREAL RAINFORESTS OF THE WORLD DOMINICK A. DELLASALA, PH.D. IslandPress.org/dellasala J. Schoen www.geosinstitute.org
  2. 2. TROPICAL RAINFORESTS OF THE WORLD Corbis Equator Corbis National GeographicNational Geographic
  3. 3. ANNUAL PRECIP AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMP WET SUMMERS 8 feet tropical temperate boreal NCAR
  4. 4. INTRODUCING TEMPERATE AND BOREAL RAINFORESTS
  5. 5. HOW MUCH AND WHERE? 3535302520 17 1615 11 11 810 35 0.50
  6. 6. TEMPERATE AND BOREAL RAINFOREST PLANETARY TOUR Tim Greyhavens Tim Greyhavens Craig Pettitt John Schoen Elysa Resort
  7. 7. RAINFORESTS OF HOME: ALASKA TO REDWOODS J. SchoenTim Greyhavens Tim Greyhavens
  8. 8. TONGASS OLD GROWTH CHAMPIONS John SchoenCorbis Corbis Corbis Corbis
  9. 9. John Schoen
  10. 10. J. Schoen
  11. 11. Roads Built in the Tongass National Forest Region 12,000 10,260 10,000 8,181 8,000Kilometers 6,000 4,630 4,000 2,258 2,000 818 0 pre1960 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s Time Step  Another 400,000 acres could be logged this century  Roadless areas are vital
  12. 12. CANADA’S GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST Tim Greyhavens ~ Globally unique relatively intact system ¼ of word’s temperate rainforests
  13. 13. SALMON DRIVEN RAINFOREST Corbis Ian McAllister
  14. 14. Tim Greyhavens
  15. 15. CONSERVATION SUCCESS STORY? GREENPEACE $120 million campaign boosted protection levels up to ~35% Scientists recommend 40-70% protection
  16. 16. OLYMPICS TO REDWOODS: “LAND OF THE GIANTS” Corbis
  17. 17. RAINFORESTS HELP STABILIZE GLOBAL CLIMATE
  18. 18. TOP TEN CARBON-STORING NATIONAL FORESTS The Wilderness Society
  19. 19. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Corbis
  20. 20. CO2 Equivalent Stored by Top 10 National Forests CO2 Equivalent in One Year’s 9.8 U.S. Fossil Fuel Use billion 5.8 billion metric tons metric tons ~2 x total annual emissions The Wilderness Society
  21. 21. DEFORESTATION = GLOBAL WARMING POLLUTION30 2625 1920 1715 13 1310 8 5 3 0
  22. 22. INTERIOR WET BELT RAINFORESTS CraigPettitt Corbis Corbis CorbisElysa Resort
  23. 23. LICHENS DRIVE RAINFOREST FOOD WEBS Corbis Corbis
  24. 24. LICHEN-CARIBOU RAINFOREST IN TROUBLE  Only ~4.5% protected  Caribou in peril: 2450 in 1997, 1900 in 2001
  25. 25. ANCIENT VALDIVIA RAINFOREST Daniel Gomez
  26. 26. MONKEY-PUZZLE “LIVING FOSSIL” Paul AlabackCorbis Corbis
  27. 27. Corbis VALDIVIA’S WILDLIFE  >60% amphibians/reptiles are found nowhere else  30% of birds endemic  20% of freshwater fish endemic Rufous-legged owlDarwin’s toad  Old-growth dependent species Monito del monte Magellanic woodpecker
  28. 28.  trees > 3,000 years! Tierra Chilean - Mitsubishi Corbis 40% of rainforests gone! Aaron Sanger
  29. 29. RUSSIAN FAR EAST & INLAND SOUTHERN SIBERIA P. Krestov ~450 ~29 Nearly gone Victor Yudin Corbis
  30. 30. JAPAN’S RAINFOREST ARE UNIQUE: FEW REMAIN Corbis Corbis
  31. 31. AUSTRALASIA – SIZE MATTERS! Corbis
  32. 32. SOUTH AFRICA HASRAINFOREST PRIMATES AND “ELEPHANTS” Corbis
  33. 33. FORGOTTEN RAINFOREST THREAT LEVELS*Redwoods, Europe, Japan & KoreaPNW, Inland BC, Russia, Chile, E. CanadaGreat Bear, South Africa, AustraliaNew Zealand * Logging, roads, climate change, dams, mining, grazing, exotics, international treaties
  34. 34. THE FORGOTTEN RAINFORESTS VISION  Rainforests are greater than sum-of-their parts  Old forests are pivotal to climate stability globally – climate summit, international year of forests  President Obama – protecting old forests = climate Corbis change insurance  We must not let these forests become the forgotten rainforestsTim Greyhavens Craig Pettitt www.geosinstitute.org

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