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    Author(s): Merrill R. Kaufman; W. H. Moir; Richard L. Bassett
    Date: 1992
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-213. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 201 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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    This paper reviews the science and management of old-growth forests and summarizes discussions among 30 participants at a workshop in Portal, Arizona, March 9-13, 1992. Concepts of old-growth forests - the perceptions, values, definitions, characteristic features, ecological functions, and landscape importance - vary widely. Because concepts are complex, scientists, resource managers, and the public will continue to bring old growth into clearer focus as knowledge is gained. Regardless of the concepts chosen for viewing old growth, on an ecological basis old-growth forests represent a stage in forest development characterized by certain structural, functional, and compositional features.

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    Kaufman, Merrill R.; Moir, W. H.; Bassett, Richard L. 1992. Old-growth forests in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regions - Proceedings of a workshop. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-213. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 201 p.

    Keywords

    forests, old growth, ecology, habitat

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