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1. Pennsylvania Forest Conservation Analysis
The Nature Conservancy
2. Importance of intact forest areas Prior to European settlement, forest covered more than 90% of Pennsylvania.
Today, approximately 60% of Pennsylvania is forested
3. These remaining large areas of relatively pristine habitat are vitally important to the following:
natural disturbance regimes
filtering and regulation of stream flow
carbon storage as biomass
However, much of this forest exists as isolated patches surrounded by major fragmenting features like major roads and highways, right-of-ways, railroads, and non-forested lands. Importance of intact forest areas