EDITORIAL

Forestry in the Anthropocene

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Science  21 Aug 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6250, pp. 771
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2208

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Human activity has had enormous effects on the species composition of floras and faunas, creating new ecological biomes worldwide. A principal challenge in forestry research and conservation is how to deal with these novel ecosystems. Most attention to this phenomenon is centered on the negative effects of species introductions and the need to stem the tide of species invasion. However, we need to scientifically understand new ecosystems and learn to recognize adaptive species combinations that will function sustainably in changing environmental conditions.