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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife$
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Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871714

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.001.0001

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The Potential Futures of Wisconsin's Forested Landscapes

The Potential Futures of Wisconsin's Forested Landscapes

(p.453) 31 The Potential Futures of Wisconsin's Forested Landscapes
The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Robert M. Scheller

David J. Mladenoff

University of Chicago Press

Chapters 5–7 showed that Wisconsin's forests have changed in many different ways, reflecting shifts in climate, variable soils, the migration of species following glaciation, natural disturbances, past and current logging, fragmentation from roads, and continuing shifts in human land use. Forest ecologists, historians, and sociologists use data from many sources to infer how Great Lakes states forests have changed and how these changes reflect broader geographic and historical contexts. In this era of global environmental change, can we use the past to anticipate and understand the future? Or will future changes be unique and unpredictable? The chapter grapples with these questions as it tries to imagine Wisconsin's forests 100 years from now, exploring the consequences of factors like population growth and climate change.

Keywords:   forests, ecological change, environmental change, population growth, climate change

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