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Consolidating infrastructure can ease shale gas threat to US forests

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians in the U.S. —driven by pipeline and access road construction—is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat. Expansive tracts of continuous forest provide critical habitat for some species of…

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