Coastal Temperate Rainforests: General Information Handouts
Coastal Temperate Rainforests of the World
Coastal temperate rainforests (CTRFs) are characterized by cool summers, mild winters, and abundant precipitation distributed throughout the year. CTRF's represent only 2% of the world's forests, but provide critical habitat for many unique species.
Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest of North America
Extending 2,500 miles in a narrow coastal corridor from the far edge of Prince William Sound in southcentral Alaska, along coastal British Columbia, through Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, and to northern California, the Pacific coastal temperate rainforest of North America represents the largest area of coastal temperate rainforest in the world.
Climate Change and the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest of North America
In the Pacific coastal temperate rainforest of North America the hydrologic cycle plays a major role in ecosystem function and structure. With continued climatic disruption, hydrologic changes related to more rapidly melting glaciers and rising elevation of the winter snowline will alter discharge in many rivers.
Ecosystem Services of the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest of North America
The Pacific coastal temperate rainforest of North America provides a wide range of goods and services that are vital to human health and livelihood. Collectively, these services can be grouped into four categories: provisioning, regulating, supporting, and cultural services.
Cross-Boundary Research and Management of the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest of North America
Diverse geographic, ecological, and political boundaries complicate the decision making process for many agencies and communities operating in the Pacific coastal temperate rainforest.