New Map Shows Many Old-growth Forests Remain In Europe

Read the full post from the University of Vermont.

Though you might read about deep, dark woods in fairy tales, the prevailing story today is that very little European old-growth forest remains. But now a new study—and map—shows that a surprising number of these primary forests still stand.

“What we’ve shown in this study is that, even though the total area of forest is not large in Europe, there are considerably more of these virgin or primary forests left than previously thought—and they are widely distributed throughout many parts of Europe,” says Bill Keeton, a forest ecologist at the University of Vermont.  “And where they occur, they provide exceptionally unique ecological values and habitat for biodiversity.”

Keeton was part of a team—led by researchers from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany—who created the first map of Europe’s last wild forests. The map identifies more than 3.4 million acres in 34 European countries—and was published in the journal Diversity & Distributions on May 24, 2018.


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