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Science  06 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6359, pp. 24-27
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6359.24

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A debate is looming over how to manage the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and renowned forest ecologist Jerry Franklin is in the middle of it. Franklin's research in the 1970s revealed the ecological richness of old-growth forests, helping pave the way for their protection from logging under the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan. Now, Franklin is drawing attention to the ecological importance of landscapes filled with shrubs and grasses, not trees. The controversy comes over his advocacy for logging as a way to create more of this habitat. This comes as the federal government considers changing the forest plan.