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Title: Upland forests of the American/Pacific Islands: research opportunities in Micronesia and American Samoa
Author: DeBell, Dean S.; Whitesell, Craig D.
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-145. Berkeley, Calif.: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 14 p
Station ID: GTR-PSW-145
Description: Upland forests of Micronesia and American Samoa can provide many social, ecological, and esthetic benefits for island inhabitants. Substantial upland areas (the majority of acreage on some islands) are now occupied by secondary and grassland/savanna vegetation; such areas represent opportunities for restoration, with both native forest cover and plantations of introduced species. This review briefly describes characteristics of the islands and the nature of existing and potential upland forests, including the most common upland tree species. Principal information needs and research opportunities are discussed for 10 subjects: watershed rehabilitation, forest restoration in secondary vegetation areas, basic ecology, soils and nutrient relationships, damaging agents, forest inventory and productivity assessment, silvicultural systems, valuation of forest products and services, threatened and endangered species, and description and protection of native forest habitats. Finally, suggestions are offered on a strategy for meeting information needs; these include philosophy of approach, development of an infrastructure for cooperative research, and some ideas on establishment of integrated baseline studies.
Key Words: forest research planning, high-island forests, Pacific Islands silviculture, tropical islands ecology, Micronesia, Caroline Islands, Marian Islands, Guam, Palau, American Samoa
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DeBell, Dean S.; Whitesell, Craig D. 1993. Upland forests of the American/Pacific Islands: research opportunities in Micronesia and American Samoa Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-145. Berkeley, Calif.: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 14 p.
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