20% of the world’s forests are the distance of a football field away from a forest edge

24 March 2015

Is Earth running out of wilderness?

A new study on habitat fragmentation looked at data gathered over 35 years on 5 continents and quantified the alarming state of true wilderness on Earth: “The results were astounding. Nearly 20 percent of the world’s remaining forest is the distance of a football field – or about 100 meters – away from a forest edge," Dr. Nick Haddad, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at NC State and one of the authors of the study. "Seventy percent of forest lands are within a half-mile of a forest edge. That means almost no forest can really be considered wilderness.”

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