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Energy production and Infrastructure development
Energy production and infrastructure development can have a severe detrimental effect on conifer habitats. A recent surge in the global demand for metals has led to an increase in mining activities with open-cast mining or strip-mining and its associated activities causing severe environmental damage.
Conifer-rich forests are often affected by this type of mining for example, nickel mining on the Pacific island of New Caledonia. Hydroelectric schemes often cause habitat loss due to forest inundation or indirectly by the loss of downstream habitats through changes in water levels. Over the past 100 years hydroelectric schemes are responsible for a 15% habitat loss of Lagarostrobos franklinii forest in Tasmania. Logging activities invariably start with the construction of roads in order to gain access to timber and this can include up to 15% of the consumed logged area. This intrusion is often devastating, opening up the area for further development and as communities grow more infrastructure and services are required.
There are 44 taxa in the category – Energy production and Infrastructure development:
Endemic to south-central China where acid rain is the most serious threat and is causing decline or death to many of the trees… Read full species entry >
Abies fabri subsp. fabri
Endemic to western Sichuan province in China where acid rain is the most serious threat and is causing a decline in the population… Read full species entry >
Abies fabri subsp. minensis
Endemic to western Sichuan in China where acid rain is the main present-day threat… Read full species entry >
Endemic to the Chinese province of Guizhou where it is in decline due to acid rain.… Read full species entry >
Abies fargesii var. faxoniana
Distributed in China where in the past logging has reduced the population considerably but acid rain is a present day threat… Read full species entry >
Endemic to humid forests in New Caledonia where it is has a widespread distribution. The population t has been impacted by mining activities and fires.
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Endemic to Viti Levu, the largest island in the Republic of Fiji, where it is known from 5 localities with an estimated total population of about 200 individuals… Read full species entry >
One of four Agathis species endemic to New Caledonia where it once had a widespread distribution on the mian island of Grande Terre but is now much reduced due to logging and landuse change.… Read full species entry >
One of four Agathis species endemic to New Caledonia on the main island of Grande Terre where it has become endangered as a result of fire and mining… Read full species entry >