Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny
How can a forest die from neglect? A forest is a part of the cycle of nature, neglect is what it requires.
These days forests very much need looking after. A few hundred years ago, world population was very small; there was not much commerce between different parts of the world. In those days, just leaving forests alone was enough.
These days, forests must be protected from encroachment of the population. In addition, there is the danger of poachers, slaughtering the wildlife and thereby causing the forests irreversible harm.
Then we have to worry about invasive species, imported (purposely or inadvertently) from other parts of the world, like white pine beetle (which has devastated the white pine population across Canada), purple loosestrife, zebra mussels etc. Currently there is a type of reed that is taking over grasslands in Canada. It started from Newfoundland, it has traveled into Ontario. Every year, I see more and more wilderness areas infested by this invader, replacing grass and small bushes. Not only it gets rid of the local flora, but it grows very close together, thereby destroying the habitat for rabbits, ground squirrels, voles etc.
I do a lot of hiking in summer and every summer I see new areas encroached by the reed (some also call it elephant grass, it can grow up to 10 feet, it has huge big blades shaped just like grass bales).
So these days, to neglect the forests may be tantamount to killing them.