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Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World

Ecology and Conservation

  • DellaSala is an experienced, well-known, and well-regarded conservation scientist who has assembled top scientist contributors in the field

  • The biological uniqueness and importance of temperate and boreal rainforests

  • The increasing threats to their integrity, especially from global climate change and the increasing human footprint

  • The lack of scientific synthesis to date

  • Principal reference for conservation groups, decision makers, and land managers concerned about the fate of these forests

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Just What Are Temperate and Boreal Rainforests?

    • Dominick A. DellaSala, Paul Alaback, Toby Spribille, Henrik von Wehrden, Richard S. Nauman
    Pages 1-41
  3. Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the Pacific Coast of North America

    • Dominick A. DellaSala, Faisal Moola, Paul Alaback, Paul C. Paquet, John W. Schoen, Reed F. Noss
    Pages 42-81
  4. Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of Inland Northwestern North America

    • Dominick A. DellaSala, Paul Alaback, Lance Craighead, Trevor Goward, Paul Paquet, Toby Spribille
    Pages 82-110
  5. Perhumid Boreal and Hemiboreal Forests of Eastern Canada

    • Stephen R. Clayden, Robert P. Cameron, John W. McCarthy
    Pages 111-131
  6. Valdivian Temperate Rainforests of Chile and Argentina

    • David Tecklin, Dominick A. DellaSala, Federico Luebert, Patricio Pliscoff
    Pages 132-153
  7. Temperate and Boreal Rainforest Relicts of Europe

    • Dominick A. DellaSala, Paul Alaback, Anton Drescher, Håkon Holien, Toby Spribille, Katrin Ronnenberg
    Pages 154-180
  8. Temperate Rainforests of Japan

    • Yukito Nakamura, Dominick A. DellaSala, Paul Alaback
    Pages 181-194
  9. Temperate Rainforests of Australasia

    • James B. Kirkpatrick, Dominick A. DellaSala
    Pages 195-212
  10. Rainforests at the Margins: Regional Profiles

    • Dominick A. DellaSala
    Pages 213-242
  11. Crosscutting Issues and Conservation Strategies

    • Dominick A. DellaSala, Paul Alaback, Lance Craighead, Trevor Goward, Holien Håkon, James Kirkpatrick et al.
    Pages 243-259
  12. A Global Strategy for Rainforests in the Era of Climate Change

    • John Fitzgerald, Dominick A. DellaSala, Jeff McNeely, Ed Grumbine
    Pages 260-274
  13. Back Matter

    Pages 275-295

About this book

Temperate rainforests are biogeographically unique. Compared to their tropical counterparts, temperate rainforests are rarer and are found disproportionately along coastlines. Because most temperate rainforests are marked by the intersection of marine, terrestrial, and freshwater systems, these rich ecotones are among the most productive regions on Earth. Globally, temperate rainforests store vast amounts of carbon, provide habitat for scores of rare and endemic species with ancient affinities, and sustain complex food-web dynamics. In spite of their global significance, however, protection levels for these ecosystems are far too low to sustain temperate rainforests under a rapidly changing global climate and ever expanding human footprint. Therefore, a global synthesis is needed to provide the latest ecological science and call attention to the conservation needs of temperate and boreal rainforests.

A concerted effort to internationalize the plight of the world’s temperate and boreal rainforests is underway around the globe; this book offers an essential (and heretofore missing) tool for that effort. DellaSala and his contributors tell a compelling story of the importance of temperate and boreal rainforests that includes some surprises (e.g., South Africa, Iran, Turkey, Japan, Russia). This volume provides a comprehensive reference from which to build a collective vision of their future.


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

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geos Institute, Ashland, USA

    Dominick A. DellaSala

About the author

Dominick A. DellaSala is Chief Scientist and President of the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon, and President of the North American section of the Sfor Conservation Biology.

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