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Deforestation of degraded rangelands: The Argentine Chaco enters the next state of the Anthropocene
- Bestelmeyer, Brandon
- Rangelands 2014 v.36 no.4 pp. 36-39
- logging, cropland, lizards, rangelands, grazing, production technology, tropical forests, soil degradation, livestock, deforestation, timber production, charcoal, biodiversity, land degradation, Argentina
- Twenty years ago I completed my Master’s work in the Chaco forests of northern Argentina. The native forests are, in fact, rangelands. In addition to livestock grazing, there is timber extraction, wildlife harvest (think tegu lizard cowboy boots), and charcoal production. I took part in a project comparing biodiversity among production systems. A new system promised to reverse biodiversity loss and soil degradation. But it’s a moot point now since much of that forest has been cleared for cropland—the highest rate of tropical forest loss in the world.