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Chile has been recently considered as one of the most economically competitive countries in Latin America. Rapid growth in Chile's production and export of forest products is based on the expansion and management of exotic species forest plantations in the last 30 years. However, some studies have demonstrated that such expansion of forest plantations has produced a decrease in native forests in the south-central region of the country. These two Landsat, MSS and ETM scenes taken in 1975 and 2001, respectively, show changes in land use during the last 30 years. Many endangered tree and shrub species have been affected by this change, which has also led to a dramatic reduction of landscape diversity as well as goods and services from forestlands. The traditional landuse practices of small-scale logging of native forests, livestock and agriculture have been replaced by large-scale timber production that puts endemic endangered tree and shrub species at risk. View detailed information

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