The Klamath-Siskiyou Mountain Range is one of the most biologically diverse hotspots in the world. Biodiversity is defined as the variety of life in a particular habitat or ecosystem. A greater amount of species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms because each contributes differently to the health of the cosystem or habitat. In forest ecosystems, each species has its own niche to fill, just like in our own communities.
The arrival of settlers in the early 19800s negatively impacted the natural biodiversity of our region. More than 90% of Oregon’s pre-settlement oak woodlands and savannas were cleared to make way for farms and housing. On addition to the removal of Oregon’s oak woodlands, clearcuts have moved us toward an industrial timber farm regime. These timber farms are not forests any more that a wheat field is a meadow.
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