Threats to the Biome
A man cuts down a tree in the Temperate Rainforest.

The trees that make up the Temperate Rainforest in North America are huge, but their value as timber is proportionate to their size. With forests elsewhere already cut, there is tremendous pressure to log in temperate rainforests of Canada. Thus, timber cutting is the number one threat to these forests. It should be noted that timbering can be very difficult in the temperate rain forest of British Columbia because of steep mountain slopes. It is not done carefully and therefore soil erosion results and the end result of this can be seen in the photo below, which shows the Fraser River in British Columbia entering the Pacific Ocean near the Vancouver airport carrying a heavy load of silt. The silt, and the nutrients and pollutants it carries, are a threat to near shore marine organisms as well as underwater organisms in the river itself, and the area the silt is coming from is not in good condition either.

The logging industry is not the only threat to the Temperate Rainforest biome; there are many other threats, one of them being acid rain. An area that had fallen victim to clear cutting.Acid rain caused by industries and vehicles damages the leaves of trees, and causes them to produce smaller and fewer seeds. It also reduces the trees' resistance to disease, pests, and frost. Clear cutting of forests is also a threat to this biome. Trees are cut for timber and cleared land for agriculture. Another threat to the Temperate Rainforest is the introduction of non-native plant and animal species. This is a threat because it upsets the balance of the forest ecosystem. Non-natives may compete for food and habitat space, possibly threatening the native species.

Saving the Biome
Recycling can help save the Temperate Rainforest from excessive logging.

Although there are many threats to worry about, there are also many things that you can do to help protect the unique biome of temperate rain forest. First of all, you can recycle. Trees are used to make the paper for paper bags, newspapers, printer paper, and many more products we use in our everyday lives. If you recycle used paper, and make the effort to buy recycled paper, you will be reducing the need to cut down more trees. Also be sure to use both sides of the paper that you write on before you recycle it. Use cloth products instead of paper products, like napkins, towels, plates, and cups. These products can be washed and used again, which helps to save trees. Drive less, and carpool when possible. Car exhaust is one of the main contributors to acid rain. Walk or ride your bike to help keep our environment clean and keep yourself active. If you are buying furniture, lumber, or any other wood product, look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. This label indicates that the trees were grown in a well-managed forest. Learn more about forests by reading, searching the Internet, and visiting temperate rain forests. You can also teach other people about how to save trees and reduce the amount of logging.