We Can’t See the Woods for the Trees

To Save Biodiversity We Must Change our Views on Forests

by Dan Duran, Rowan University 

Originally aired on February 15, 2021
Presented by the Southeast Chapter of NPSNJ

Conservationists and others have led most of us to treasure older forests more than other ecosystems. Open-field habitats and young forests, however, hold significantly more biodiversity than closed-canopy forests. Those younger forests are often under-valued and less protected. Dan will sketch some of the differences in these habitats, give us an overview of the conservation issues, and discuss ways that listeners can get involved in helping to create and maintain early successional forest and “edge” habitats.