The Annotated Bibliography of Clearcutting, is an ongoing interdisciplinary forest habitat and natural resource focused ecological database of worldwide clearcutting and deforestation. This compilation of user-submitted site photographs, GPS coordinates, satellite images, maps, and physical descriptions is available to researchers as a searchable database to facilitate carbon projections, rates of deforestation, levels of mono-cultured areas, and landscape changes for given areas and regions.
From the Natural Resources Defense Council
Clearcutting means the felling and removal of all trees from a given tract of forest. One forestry expert refers to the practice as “an ecological trauma that has no precedent in nature except for a major volcanic eruption.” Clearcutting can destroy an area’s ecological integrity in a number of ways, including:
- the destruction of buffer zones which reduce the severity of flooding by absorbing and holding water;
- the immediate removal of forest canopy, which destroys the habitat for many rainforest-dependent insects and bacteria;
- the removal of forest carbon sinks, leading to global warming through the increased human-induced and natural carbon dioxide build-up in the atmosphere;
- the elimination of fish and wildlife species due to soil erosion and habitat loss;
- the removal of underground worms, fungi and bacteria that condition soil and protect plants growing in it from disease;
- the loss of small-scale economic opportunities, such as fruit-picking, sap extraction, and rubber tapping; and the destruction of aesthetic values and recreational opportunities.
Intact, healthy forests play a large role in supporting all forms of life on Earth. To environmentalists, the finality of clearcutting is viewed as an ecological tragedy.
Cumulative editions of select submissions will be printed periodically by Pocket Knife Press and made available electronically through The ABC website- all proceeds from print editions will be donated to conservation efforts including The Nature Conservancy and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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