Maintaining Healthy Forests Takes More than Planting Trees

Nature Conservancy - Science

What can we do to slow climate change and restore America’s forests? Our remaining forests face great challenges like massive wildfires and invasive forest pests. Old-growth forests have stood for centuries, surviving the same kinds of challenges that forests face today.

Are the Best Years for Tropical Forest Conservation Still Ahead?

Conservancy Talk

I recently read an article in Ecosystem Marketplace – “2014: the year in forest carbon” – that highlighted some of the successes in reducing tropical deforestation last year.

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Forest Park

10,000 Birds

At Forest Park on Good Friday I caught up to a Red-breasted Nuthatch and got to watch and digiscope it as it foraged through the understory. We have shrubs, bushes, and small trees while other forests often nearly lack them altogether.

How California Uses Forests—and Economic Forces—to Fight Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

The state is using a market-based approach to reduce emissions at the lowest cost possible – while protecting forests at a significant scale. Forest or sustainable management projects from anywhere in the U.S.

Notes from the Deer Wars: Science & Values in the Eastern Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

White-tailed deer are beautiful animals, but they are also wreaking havoc on forests. One of the biggest threats to the eastern forest also happens to be one of its most charismatic creatures: the white-tailed deer. The forest suffered. Deer were altering the forest.

Bioacoustics Reveal How Biodiversity Changes Across Borneo’s Logged Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Vast stands of selectively logged forest still remain, but many parts of Indonesia are transitioning from forestry to more intensive land uses, like oil palm and acacia plantations. Indonesia’s forests are more than 140 million years old — the oldest tropical forests on earth.

Birders: Report Forest Pests During the Christmas Bird Count

Nature Conservancy - Science

Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive forest pest. Participants in the Christmas Bird Count should report any suspicious damage or signs of forest pests as soon as they have finished providing their bird count compiler with their bird data.

A Lung Scan for the Planet: A New Global Forest Change Interactive Map

Nature Conservancy - Science

The new interactive Global Forest Change Map could change the way we conserve forests. By Peter Ellis, Forest Carbon Scientist. The new interactive Global Forest Change Map promises not only information but inspiration. And it could change the way we conserve forests.

Forests: A Rising Global Climate Superpower?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Despite increasing crop and timber demands to feed a growing human population, despite the impacts of climate change on forests, and despite deforestation emissions in the tropics that are on par with those from the global transportation sector, global forests are a net sink for atmospheric carbon.

Not seeing the forest for the trees?

Environmental Economics

Nancy Folbre promotes the notion of green jobs at Economix and then gets down to business: The biggest gains from investments in new renewable-energy technologies are not easily captured in private transactions, because they produce environmental services that are largely unpriced. Companies can sell consumers with a conscience a “share” in global greenhouse gas reduction – that’s what the growing business of carbon offsets is all about.

Too Many Deer: A Bigger Threat to Eastern Forests than Climate Change

Nature Conservancy - Science

A beautiful animal that also happens to arguably be the greatest threat to forests in the eastern United States. In many areas of the country deer have changed the composition and structure of forests by preferentially feeding on select plant species.

Harvesting Whitebark Pine Cones to Save a Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Saving the Forest for the Beers. Since the summer of 2009, I’ve been part of a crew of independent contractors working seasonally on whitebark pines for the US Forest Service. Aerial view of damage from the mountain pine beetle in a whitebark pine forest.

Can Pine Squirrels Change the Evolution of a Forest?

Nature Conservancy - Science

forests look? Wildlife Birds Forests Mammals Natural History Nature Pop ResearchCould the loud but small pine squirrel have an outsized impact on how Western U.S.

Holiday Tips: Don’t Spread Forest Pests With Your Christmas Tree

Nature Conservancy - Science

Here’s how to have all the fun while ensuring you don’t accidentally spread invasive forest pests. We’ve come to this national forest seeking many things over the years: deer, trout, wildflowers, upland birds, rare birds, scenic views. Ideas Forests Invasive Species Nature + People

Forest’s Ecosystem Management

Environmental News Network

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Fading Forests: The High Cost of Invasive Pests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Invasive forest pests threaten ancient hemlock groves in the East. Sarah Johnson, a conservation GIS analyst for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania , tells a story familiar to anyone who deals with non-native forest pests. Our forests and our quality of life depend on it.”.

Change Comes to the Eastern Forest: Five-Part Series Begins Today

Nature Conservancy - Science

Does logging have any place in a “pristine” eastern forest? Change is coming to the eastern forest. The decisions made now could have long-lasting implications for the forests we know in the future. What does it mean to manage a “pristine” forest?

One Billion Trees: Expanding Global Forest Conservation

Conservancy Talk

But the Earth’s forests need our help: Forests are being cut down and cleared at the rate of 32 million acres worldwide every year. And we need forests: Trees and forests help sustain all life on Earth. Photo: © Erika Nortemann/TNC.

Forest Day should be Every Day: Rediscovering our Deep-Rooted Connection.

Elephant Journal

Green Health & Wellness Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) Z ADMIN Green Featured Today Z ADMIN Wellness Featured Today connection forest International Forest Day nature Navajo prayer oneness reconnecting with natureThat deep love and intimate connection with trees has never left me, in fact it has grown deeper and more powerful over the years. Sadly, today we lack an intimacy with the natural world.

A Fully Loaded, Double-Barreled Forest Climate Solution

Nature Conservancy - Science

By Bronson Griscom , director of forest carbon science, The Nature Conservancy. Is forest conservation a near-term solution to climate change, as Ellis and Ellis claim in the Washington Post ? Scientific Consensus: Tropical Forest Growth is Critical for Fighting Climate Change.

Forest Park Feeder Birds

10,000 Birds

It feels like it has been forever since I did a simple post like this where all I did was go to my favorite local patch, Forest Park, take a few pictures of some of the common feeder birds, and share those pictures with the 10,000 Birds audience. Trips feeder birds Forest Park queens

Checkerboard: Putting Western Forest Pieces Back Together

Nature Conservancy - Science

A checkered past still limits forest management in the West today. The purchase was one of the largest forest acquisition projects ever undertaken by a conservation group. The “checkerboard” of lands plays a key role in wildlife connectivity and forest health.

Nature’s Code: Seeing The Forest Through The Trees

Conservancy Talk

Thomas Backlund left behind his Stockholm apartment and job as a software developer to move into a forest and code his startup company full-time in nature. ” Could you tell us why the right thing to do was to code from the forest? Backlund: For me the forest is more accessible.

Can We End Hunger and Protect the Forest in Africa?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Expanding agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa often comes at the expense of forests. Ideas Agriculture Development Forests SNAPPCan this challenge be resolved?

Quick Take: One Year into USDA Climate Guidance, Farms and Forests are Making a Difference

Conservancy Talk

Farmers, ranchers and foresters are traditionally good stewards of our land, and provide the world with the food and fiber we depend on every day. Climate change is already affecting farmers, ranchers and foresters today, and promises to continue to challenge production into the future.

3 Reasons Forest-Walking is Necessary for Every Human Being.

Elephant Journal

Green Health & Wellness brain breath forest health nature walking The simple daily restorative of walking in nature while breathing clean air belonged to all our ancestors.

Invest in future foresters

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The British Royal Forestry Society has launched an appeal and a program for investment in future foresters to encourage young people into forestry, and help them gain skills. Today 55% of foresters in this country are over 40 and only 11% are under 25.

Technology to the Rescue for Foresters in the Thick of It

Nature Conservancy - Science

So, when forest managers are working to recreate the complex, seemingly random patterns found in nature, how do they do it? Even so, after you determine what a more natural forest would look like in your area, there’s the challenge of implementing that on the ground. .

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Emerald Edge: Old Growth Forest Injects New Life into Conservation

Conservancy Talk

A vital wilderness Take a look at the Conservancy’s Emerald Edge program, a hugely ambitious effort to conserve a 100-million-acre band of emerald forest and vibrant ocean. As soon as you step into the deep green old-growth forest on Meares Island in Clayoquot Sound, its vitality envelops you.

Modeling Logging’s Impacts on Biodiversity & Carbon in a Hypothetical Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Tropical forests are widely celebrated for their biodiversity and increasingly recognized for their carbon sequestration potential. So how can conservationists help nations meet the demand for wood products and protect forests, while minimizing both biodiversity loss and carbon emissions?

Birding and Fly-fishing in Pisgah National Forest

10,000 Birds

My fiancé and I now fish and bird together frequently, and over my graduate program’s spring break turned our sights to Pisgah National Forest in the mountains of western North Carolina. Pisgah National Forest stretches across 500,000 acres, and is popular with campers, bicyclists, hikers, anglers, and of course, birders. The Davidson River runs through the forest, and is so clear one can literally see the fish beneath the water’s surface.

Forest Soundscapes Hold the Key for Biodiversity Monitoring

Nature Conservancy - Science

To the ear, both garden and forest are awash with noise. But hidden within this dawn chorus are clues to the forest’s health. Bioacoustics Reveal How Biodiversity Changes Across Borneo’s Logged Forests. Morning in Musiamunat village.

Fish of the Forest: Large Wood Benefits Salmon Recovery

Nature Conservancy - Science

marshes, streams, forests, rivers) to guard against volatility. Consider your mental image of a scenic river tumbling from glaciated mountain headwaters, rushing through forested foothills, and meandering across floodplains before meeting the sea.

The Lion Forest of India

10,000 Birds

This park protects the largest remaining tract of dry deciduous forest in the west of India, offering visitors 37 species of reptiles, 38 species of mammals and, not to be forgotten – almost 300 bird species. An open Gypsy follows dirt tracks through dry deciduous forest dominated with teak. Gir comprises diverse habitats, from open scrubland to both dry deciduous and tropical thorn forest and evergreen corridors along the rivers.

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Birders: Report Forest Pests During the Great Backyard Bird Count

Nature Conservancy - Science

Many state agricultural and forestry agencies around the country are joining in the effort to encourage birdwatchers to learn the difference between typical signs of woodpecker and sapsucker foraging, and the subtly different signs of damage connected to forest insects.

Qatar’s Sahara Forest Project Grows Its First Cucumbers from Saltwater

Green Prophet

” The first fully operational Sahara Forest Project Pilot Plant is built in Qatar in cooperation with the leading fertilizer companies Yara and Qafco. Cleantech, Science & Technology Food & Health Cucumbers desalination Norway Qatar Sahara Forest Project Seawater solar power

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Tissues And Our Forests

Green Living Tips

Do the tissues you use contribute to the destruction of old growth forests? What we blow our noses into can impact negatively on the environment. articles & guides family personal care

Istanbul’s Natural Oases: The Atatürk Arboretum and Belgrade Forest

Green Prophet

Situated within the city’s Belgrade Forest, the arboretum is a research site for Turkish and foreign scientists, an educational experience for local schoolchildren, university students of forestry, and a haven for nature-lovers in Istanbul. Background on the Belgrade Forest.

Can Floodplain Forest Restoration Reduce the Gulf’s Dead Zone?

Nature Conservancy - Science

A new study by the University of Notre Dame is showing that restored floodplain forests along the Wabash River in Indiana can help decrease the amount of nitrogen reaching the Gulf. It also demonstrates how restored floodplain forests are a remarkable investment for improving water quality.

Man single-handedly plants a forest larger than Central Park NYC. (video)

Elephant Journal

He is now 47 and lives in his own 1,360 acre forest which now houses rhinos, tigers, deers, apes and elephants. An Indian man named Jadav Payeng started planting trees on a barren sandbar at 17.