Forests and Forestry in China

Authors: Hsiung, Wen-Yue; Johnson, Frederic C.

Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 79, Number 2, 1 February 1981 , pp. 76-79(4)

Publisher: Society of American Foresters

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China has an area slightly larger than the United States and yet has over four times the number of native trees. The major forest types include Boreal coniferous forests, temperate deciduous, rich subtropical mixed forests, and tropical monsoonal forests along the southern border. Almost all of the tree genera familiar to American foresters are present in China. Other genera such as Cinnamomum, Cunninghamia, Ginkgo, Metasequoia, Paulownia, Pseudolarix, and Sophora illustrate the great diversity of climax forests. Some 13 percent of the forest area is occupied by the over fifty species of commercial bamboos. One of the present major efforts is planting millions of hectares to boost production of wood, fiber, food, and medicinals and to ameliorate climate in the semiarid portions.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, College of Forests, Wildlife and Range Sciences, University of Idaho

Publication date: February 1, 1981

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