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    Author(s): F. Thomas Ledig
    Date: 1988
    Source: Bio Science38(7):471-479
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Deforestation, pollution, and climatic change threaten forest diversity all over the world. And because forests are the habitats for diverse organisms, the threat is extended to all the flora and fauna associated with forests, not only forest trees. In a worst case scenario, if the tropical forest in Latin America was reduced to the areas now set aside in parks and reserves, 66% of the world's plant species would go extinct, along with 69% of the birds and correspondingly high proportions of the other fauna (Myers 1984).

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    Ledig, F. Thomas. 1988. The conservation of diversity in forest trees. Bio Science38(7):471-479

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