People: This is verbatim; tragically/comically The Oregonian ACTUALLY published this as such.
I don't know Mr. Learn, and as a writer myself I could understand when editors sometimes mutate the intended piece beyond recognition. Apologies to you if this is the case. Nevertheless, the end product is BIZARE, speaks to itself: Here goes, verbatim:
Global warming could boost Northwest's forest growth -- except in most-logged areas
By Scott Learn, The Oregonian
October 19, 2009, 3:28PM
Global warming could increase overall productivity in the Pacific Northwest's forests during the next century, a study concludes, but growth could decrease in the lower elevation forests that have accounted for more than four-fifths of the region's timber harvest in recent years.
In Washington, high-elevation forests could see productivity rise from 35 percent a year to as much as 500 percent, depending on what climate scenario the researchers used. In Oregon, similar elevations would see more modest growth of 9 to 75 percent, the researchers estimated based on climate change computer models.
Overall, forest productivity could increase about 7 percent annually in forests west of the Cascade Range and 20 percent in forests east of them, the researchers said. That conclusion is based on a climate scenario that largely reflects current trends of energy use, globalization and economic growth.
The findings were recently published in Forest Ecology and Management, a professional journal, by researchers from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station.
The study did not analyze forest management practices, genetic limitations, and changes in natural disturbances such as disease, insects and fire that can also affect productivity.
If global warming projections pan out, forests at all elevations would get warmer. At lower-elevations, the tree growth likely wouldn't increase enough to offset the warming, said Greg Latta, an OSU faculty research assistant and the study's principal investigator.
Private timberlands that have accounted for 83 percent of the timber harvest in the region in the past decade are concentrated at lower elevations.
-- Scott Learn