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Logging activities start with the construction of roads in order to gain access to timber; it has been calculated that this consumes as much as 15% of the logging area. The intrusion of roads into forests are often devastating, opening up the area for further development and as communities grow more infrastructure and services are required which means more roads are needed.
Road construction opens up forest interiors increases erosion and waterway sedimentation and most destructively initiates the chain reaction of incursions by farmers, ranchers, hunters, miners and land speculators. Roads reduce continuous expanses of forest to widely dispersed patches of remnant forest vegetation. This fragmentation effect has a detrimental impact on biodiversity by decreasing species diversity and diminishing further the densities of some populations. Like other tree species, conifers are very susceptible to fragmentation.
There are 7 taxa in the category – Energy production and Infrastructure development, Road construction/building:
Poorly known species endemic to India where threats include forest clearance for agriculture, logging, firewood collection and infrastructure development… Read full species entry >
Amentotaxus poilanei has only been recorded from a single locality on the Ngoc Linh massif in Kontum province. General deforestation and trans national road building may be threats in the near future.… Read full species entry >
Endemic to Australia where it occurs on the mainland and Tasmania. Threats include forest clearance, fire, grazing, invasive species and soil erosion.… Read full species entry >
Endemic to California, USA where it is facing a range of threats including changes to fire regimes, urbanisation, invasive non-native plants and agriculture.… Read full species entry >
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Cupressus goveniana var. goveniana
Endemic to California, USA where altered fire regimes and ubanisation are the main threats … Read full species entry >
Juniperus recurva var coxii
A graceful weeping tree from SW China and the adjoining Himalayas. Large trees are now rare as its timber has been highly valued for coffins and furniture. Currently it is assessed as Near Threatened.… Read full species entry >