Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Dominick A. DellaSala, Paul Alaback, Toby Spribille, Henrik von Wehrden, Richard S. Nauman
    Pages 1-41
  3. Dominick A. DellaSala, Faisal Moola, Paul Alaback, Paul C. Paquet, John W. Schoen, Reed F. Noss
    Pages 42-81
  4. Dominick A. DellaSala, Paul Alaback, Lance Craighead, Trevor Goward, Paul Paquet, Toby Spribille
    Pages 82-110
  5. Stephen R. Clayden, Robert P. Cameron, John W. McCarthy
    Pages 111-131
  6. David Tecklin, Dominick A. DellaSala, Federico Luebert, Patricio Pliscoff
    Pages 132-153
  7. Dominick A. DellaSala, Paul Alaback, Anton Drescher, Håkon Holien, Toby Spribille, Katrin Ronnenberg
    Pages 154-180
  8. Yukito Nakamura, Dominick A. DellaSala, Paul Alaback
    Pages 181-194
  9. James B. Kirkpatrick, Dominick A. DellaSala
    Pages 195-212
  10. Dominick A. DellaSala
    Pages 213-242
  11. Dominick A. DellaSala, Paul Alaback, Lance Craighead, Trevor Goward, Holien Håkon, James Kirkpatrick et al.
    Pages 243-259
  12. John Fitzgerald, Dominick A. DellaSala, Jeff McNeely, Ed Grumbine
    Pages 260-274
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 275-295

About this book


While tropical rainforests have received much conservation attention and support for their protection, temperate and boreal rainforests have been largely overlooked. Yet these ecosystems are also unique, supporting rainforest communities rich in plants and wildlife and containing some of the most massive trees on Earth.


Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World brings together leading scientists from around the world to describe the ecology and conservation of these lesser-known rainforests in an attempt to place them on par with tropical rainforests in conservation efforts. The book

  • summarizes major scientific findings
  • presents new computer models that were used to standardize rainforest definitions
  • identifies regions previously not widely recognized as rainforest
  • provides the latest estimates on rainforest extent and degree of protection
  • explores conservation strategies

The book ends with a summary of the key ecological findings and outlines an ambitious vision of how we can conserve and manage the planet's remaining temperate and boreal rainforests in a truly ecological way that is better for nature, the climate, and ultimately our own welfare.


Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World is a call to action for an accord to protect the world's rainforests. It offers a global vision rooted in ecological science but written in common language useful for governments, decision makers, and conservation groups concerned about the plight of these remarkable forests.


Boreal rainforest Perhumid coastal forest Relict Temperate rainforest Valdivian temperate rainforest climate change

Authors and affiliations

  • Dominick A. DellaSala
    • 1
  1. 1.Geos InstituteAshlandUSA

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