Importance of Forest and Bogs
in the Ecology of Northern Regions.

William 0. Pruitt, Jr.

Department of Zoology,
The University of Manitoba,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3T 2N2

 

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Pruitt 1991. Importance of Forest and Bogs in the Ecology of Northern Regions. pp. 129-149 in: Heinenen, L. and J. Käkonen (Editors) Arctic complexity. Essays on Arctic Interdependencies. Tampere (Finland) Peace Research Institute. Occ. Paper No. 44:153 pp.

 

Introduction

My main research interests concern Rangifer tarandus caribou (North American woodland caribou) and Rangifer tarandus fennicus (metsäpeura). Survival of these animals depends on survival of stable-aged taiga, which, in turn depends on survival of the present climate regime of its habitat. My basic thesis in this presentation is that we humans hold the key to these two survivals, as well as the key to our own survival. I will describe some of the characteristics of taiga and bog, then show how these characteristics are being changed by short-sighted human activities. I will show how these changes can be stopped and even reversed, but only in a world free of the arms race.

 


 

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