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New collaborative center to provide education, research on temperate rainforests
Date:8/17/2009

rstanding of rain forest ecosystems.

It also will support work at the newly established Hen Latinee Experimental Forest, located north of Juneau, which was officially designated during a celebration later that day.

"The center will be looking carefully at ecosystem functions because these functions will likely change as the climate warms over the upcoming years," said Sandy Boyce, the U.S. Forest Service Alaska Science Coordinator. "Our work will help to inform the communities of southeast Alaska and their leaders about the speed and direction of these changes and prepare them for management and policy debates that will take place as the implications of these changes become clear."

Worldwide, temperate rainforests total about 75 million acres. In Alaska and coastal British Columbia, temperate rainforests encompass interconnected landscapes that extend from the coastal mountains through the temperate forests to the marine waters of the Pacific.


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Contact: Yasmeen Sands
ysands@fs.fed.us
360-753-7716
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
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