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Biodiversity threatened as forests become 'islands' of green, UW professor says

America's national forests are beginning to resemble "islands" of green wilderness, increasingly trapped by an expanding sea of new houses, a UW-Madison forestry researcher reports at the 90th annual Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting in Montreal, Canada.

The widening circle of development around forests such as the Cleveland National Forest in Southern California is serving to b......

Full article >>> Housing in and around forests not only affects biodiversity, it impacts hydrology cycles and accelerates the spread of invasive species. Wildfires and animal-human conflicts are added risks. "It is possible that the national forests may not suffice for some endangered species," says Radeloff.

Radeloff is not advocating a moratorium on building rural homes. "We are hoping to generate a br......

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