Broad-Scale Change in the Northern Forests: From Past to Present

David J. Mladenoff, Lisa A. Schulte and Janine Bolliger

in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226871714
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871745 | DOI:
Broad-Scale Change in the Northern Forests: From Past to Present

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This chapter explores why the types of forests we see vary from place to place and over time. It relies on two types of historic records: the layers of sediment from lake bottoms that contain a 10,000-year accumulation of pollen grains and the written records from the individuals that conducted Wisconsin's public land survey in the mid-1800s. It shows that forests change constantly, through time and across space. The interplay of climate, the physical environment, natural events, and human history has shaped, and continue to shape, the forests that seen today.

Keywords: forests; sediments; pollen grains; public land survey; ecological change; Wisconsin

Chapter.  4936 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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