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Forest biodiversity; Forests and forestry--Minnesota


One of the most significant challenges to Minnesota forestry in the 1990s will be responding to growing public concern about relationships between forestry in Minnesota and global and national environmental issues (e.g., protecting biological diversity, tropical deforestation). Influential citizens and public interest groups are asking penetrating questions about the effects of forest management and timber harvesting on biological diversity, and about parallels between tropical deforestation and timber harvesting in Minnesota.

This article examines some of the relationships between Minnesota forestry and biological diversity. It also describes what is being done, and what needs to be done, to protect biological diversity. To set the stage for these discussions, the article begins with a brief summary of what biological diversity is and why it is important, along with an overview of Minnesota's changing forests and major forest uses.

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