IUFRO, which networks more than 15,000 forest scientists in almost 700 member organisations in over 110 countries, co-hosted the
"Old growth" forests have different connotations in different countries. In parts of
"We are making good progress in the United States and Australia in recognising the non-timber values of old growth, defining old growth, finding ways to protect existing old stands and developing new silvicultural systems that can retain or create biodiversity in managed forests," said Tom Spies of the United States Forest Service. "However there's been much less progress at reaching social consensus on how much to protect and how to move from forest economies dependent on old-growth to ones based on sustainable management of native and non-native forests," added Spies, a scientist long familiar with old growth forests and the public debates surrounding them….
Forest in Bangladesh, USAID, Wikimedia Commons