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Forest management and water in the United States [Chapter 13]Author(s): Daniel G. Neary
Source: IHP - VIII / Technical Document No. 37. Paris, France: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Hydrological Program. p. 181-203.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThis chapter outlines a brief history of the United States native forests and forest plantations. It describes the past and current natural and plantation forest distribution (map, area, main species), as well as main products produced (timber, pulp, furniture, etc.). Integrated into this discussion is a characterization of the water resources of the United States and the importance of forests for water uses. The chapter presents a review of the most extensive body of research on the relationships of water and forests that has been produced world-wide. Finally, the chapter concludes with a discussion of key forest and water issues, the principal one being a combination of water shortages and excess brought on by a changing climate and human population increases in vulnerable landscapes.
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CitationNeary, Daniel G. 2017. Forest management and water in the United States [Chapter 13]. In: Garcia-Chevesich, Pablo A.; Neary, Daniel G.; Scott, David F.; Benyon, Teresa Reyna, eds. Forest management and the impact on water resources: A review of 13 countries. IHP - VIII / Technical Document No. 37. Paris, France: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Hydrological Program. p. 181-203.
Keywordsforest management, water resources, climate change, case studies
- Using a decision support system to estimate departures of present forest landscape patterns from historical reference conditionan example from the inland Northwest region of the United States.
- Climate change, human communities, and forests in rural, urban, and wildland-urban interface environments
- Effects of climate change on ecosystem services [Chapter 13]
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