Landscape Pattern Research Featured in Northern Woodlands Magazine
When it comes to sustaining forest resources, pattern matters. In a study led by Eastern Threat Center research ecologist Kurt Riitters, scientists analyzed forest loss and gain throughout the lower 48 United States between 2001 and 2006 and discovered a net loss of forest land—with a significantly greater area of interior forest lost compared to total forest area lost. An article in Northern Woodlands magazine's spring 2013 issue highlights northeastern U.S. forest landscape patterns revealed through this research and describes why interior forest loss threatens the sustainability of biological communities and ecosystem services that require large areas of intact forest land. Read the article, "Interiors: Disappearing Fast in a Forest Near You."