Cultured Residential Woodlands anthrome in Mae Hong Son, Thailand
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of land area
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Forest regions with low levels of intensive land use and substantial populations

The residential woodlands anthrome refers to areas of forests or wooded landscapes that are primarily used for residential purposes (10≤ population per square kilometer < 100), including homes, gardens, and recreational spaces. These areas most likely have been selectively harvested or partially cleared for development, but still retain forest cover and ecological diversity (woodland that is <20% used). Residential woodlands may also include larger, undeveloped natural areas that are used for recreation or conservation purposes, such as public parks or protected wilderness areas. Residential woodlands rank ninth out of the twenty anthrome classes for global population percentage and tenth for land area percentage. They contribute the ninth largest percentage to protected area and eighth largest percentage to key biodiversity area. Residential woodlands also contribute the seventh largest percentage of global food calories of all anthromes and the most out of cultured anthromes. Residential woodlands store the fourth highest percentage of carbon compared to the other anthrome classes.

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Cultured Residential Woodlands anthrome in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. From: © Vyacheslav Argenberg /, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons