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Venerable TreesHistory, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass$
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Tom Kimmerer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165660

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165660.001.0001

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The Future of Venerable Trees and Woodland Pastures

The Future of Venerable Trees and Woodland Pastures

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Venerable Trees

Tom Kimmerer

University Press of Kentucky

Woodland pastures are fast disappearing as the trees get old and are affected by development and management practices. A concerted effort is needed to replace these trees with seedlings raised from locally collected seeds. The horticultural method of narrowing the genetic base of trees by cloning is undesirable, and we should take a forestry approach to increase genetic diversity. Climate change caused by industrial production of greenhouse gases is going to cause unavoidable harm to our forests and trees, though the worst effects can be mitigated by taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Venerable trees have withstood hundreds of years of drought, winds, lightning, and storms. We do not know exactly what the effects of climate change on these trees will be, but their great drought tolerance may shield them from some of these. This chapter discusses what is known about response of trees to climate change and makes recommendations for preparations needed to ensure that our woodland pasture habitat remains long into the future.

Keywords:   climate change, global warming, woodland pastures, tree range, drought tolerance, current habitat, future habitat

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