- Kozlowski, T.T.
In the face of a rapidly increasing population and gradual exhaustion of clean-burning fossil hydrocarbons, we are becoming aware that future production of energy with highly polluting fuels will adversely affect out renewable natural resources. The idea that our welfare may depend on accurate knowledge of ecosystem function (e.g. maintaining continuous flow of energy and nutrients vital to the existence of ecological systems and life itself) has necessarily become very fashionable. The stability of forest ecosystems is of primary concern because of our dependency on them throughout history for timber and firewood, wildlife values, protection of soil and water, and refuge from the stresses our way of life imposes on us.