THE LAST GREAT FOREST: LUZON'S NORTHERN SIERRA MADRE NATIONAL PARK BY JOSE MA. LORENZO TAN
"In the year 1900, the Philippines boasted some of the richest rainforest in the world. 70% of the total land area of these islands were blanketed in forest-covering a total of 21 million hectares.
After 100 years, forest cover has been reduced to 18.3% of total land area, covering barely 5.5 million hectares.
Most of this is secondary forest. Barely 800,000 hectares is primary old-growth forest.
As of the beginning of 1999, 1.4 million hectares were still covered by Timber Licensing Agreements, 516,412 hectares were covered by IFMAs and tree plantations. And, an additional 500,000 hectares in Mindanao were being studied for inclusion in new timber corridors.
The Northern Sierra Madre National Park spanning an area of only 360,000 hectares is the last great rainforest of the Philippines. It is besieged.
This book tells the story of that forest."
Written 23 years ago, this gift to our countrymen shows us whatPlease note that books have some signs of age along its fore-edge, but they are in great reading condition.