Illegal Logging & Energy Shortages Pressure Myanmar’s Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Facilitated by organized crime, illegal logging threatens to destroy Myanmar’s forests. From the Field Asia Pacific Energy Forest Carbon Forests Myanmar forests expeditionBut a national energy crisis and the ensuing fuelwood demand pose an equal threat.

Bioacoustics Reveal How Biodiversity Changes Across Borneo’s Logged Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

I’m deep in a logging concession in Indonesian Borneo, and I’ve just witnessed the routine harvesting of a dipterocarp tree bound for the plywood mill. Indonesia’s forests are more than 140 million years old — the oldest tropical forests on earth. The forest is never silent.

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. But what’s less often acknowledged is halting logging entirely will make climate change worse, as wood is one of the most sustainable building materials.

Logging Ash to Save Hemlocks

Nature Conservancy - Science

Do chainsaws belong on a forest preserve? This might seem a tough thing for a forest conservationist to admit: there are times when an invasive forest pest can’t be stopped. It will arrive in the forest, and trees will die. Welcome to forest management, 2014 edition.

Logging Carbon by Trailing Loggers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Morning mist in the forest of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Carbon emission performance of commercial logging in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Carbon emissions performance of commercial logging in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Once cut, they simply rot on the forest floor.

Mapping Reduced-Impact Logging With Lidar

Nature Conservancy - Science

What can light beams tell us about the state of tropical forests? It’s like dolphins flying through the air using light instead of sound searching for trees instead of fish,” says Peter Ellis, a forest carbon scientist at the Conservancy. Logging for Carbon.

Logging Threatens Reef Fish Nurseries in the Solomon Islands

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the Solomon Islands, near-shore logging operations significantly reduce populations of juvenile bumphead parrotfish on their nursery grounds, according to new research from Nature Conservancy scientists, jeopardizing both reef health and local livelihoods.

Two Hours at the Forest Park Waterhole

10,000 Birds

Being a birder and living in Queens as I do I can’t help but be drawn to the waterhole at Forest Park during spring migration. I stayed for two hours during which I logged an even twenty species of warbler, many of which I managed to digiscope despite the light being against me.

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Juggling Chainsaws: Carbon, Biodiversity, and Livelihoods in the Logging Landscape

Nature Conservancy - Science

A forest planner tags trees at a reduced impact logging (RIL) concession in East Kalimanatan, Indonesia. The wood products sector is the primary gatekeeper to the earth’s remaining undisturbed forests, so it deserves more attention than its 1% of global GNP might suggest.

In Pictures: A Journey Through Myanmar’s Great Teak Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

A week spent living and working in an active logging camp deep in some of Myanmar’s best remaining teak forests where people are working to save their most valuable natural resource, before it’s too late. From the Field Forests Myanmar forests expedition Photography Sustainability

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.

Foresters with horns

Green (Living) Review

The use of goats in woodland management by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Goats, as well as cattle, can be and have been and are being successfully used in woodland and forest management to keep bracken and brambles at bay and to also create a more open forest. Goats can provide such a valuable work and service in managing woodlands and countryside that they should be brought back into use in the same way as should hogs, as should horses for logging.

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Songs from the Forest

10,000 Birds

The song referred to is that of the Wood Thrush , one of the natural world’s most beautiful singers, and a familiar sound to anyone who has spent time in the forests of eastern North America in summer.

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Black-backed Woodpeckers and Forest Fires in California and the West

10,000 Birds

” Note how well camouflaged this bird is atop a snag in its natural habitat of burned coniferous forest. Black-backed Woodpeckers thrive in forests where fires have burned and are are threatened by logging that destroys their post-fire habitat. It was July of 2012.

Keeping winter tidy with Forest

Green (Living) Review

One company that offers a host of winning storage ideas is Forest, the UK’s favourite manufacturer of garden timber products. From log stores to garden chests and small sheds, Forest’s garden storage range has it all. Created to keep your garden tidy throughout the winter and all year round, all of Forest’s products will add an eye catching and practical element to your garden. Forest’s Garden Chest features a removable front panel for easy access.

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Who Owns the Forest?

Conservancy Talk

It is an interim step in a process that will ultimately see the community acquire full management rights for their local forest, a legal designation known in Indonesia as hutan desa. The Forest is Central to Identity. Communities depend on forests.

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Pulling Birds at Panti Forest in Malaysia

10,000 Birds

Some of the best birding in the area is just 90 minutes or so north in peninsular Malaysia, home of the infamous Panti Forest. Sure, the area is being logged heavily, but where else do you have a shot at broadbills, hornbills, and the elusive Malaysian Rail-babbler ?

After the Clearcuts: People and Ecology in an Alaska Rainforest

Nature Conservancy - Science

A black-tailed fawn peers out from forest cover on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. And then one man exclaiming: “I’ve never seen such beautiful and pristine forests.”. From the roads on Prince of Wales, the forest does indeed seem to stretch untouched. The forests grew back.

Working With Loggers for Forest Conservation: New E&E News Series

Nature Conservancy - Science

Logging road and impacts in East Kalimantan: logged forest on the left, virgin/primary forest on the right. And The Nature Conservancy’s forest science and conservation efforts there are a cornerstone of the coverage.

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.

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. Logging Ash to Save Hemlocks. They call it an old-growth forest, but not all of the trees are old.

UN Report: 90% of illegal logging may be linked to organised crime

Green Prophet

Illegal logging is not only killing the planet – it is supporting organised crime too. Back in 2010 we reported on the case of Moroccan activist Mohammed Attaoui who was facing imprisonment for his stance against illegal logging. Living in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, Attaoui insisted that ‘mafia-style’ corruption was behind illegal logging which threatened the protected cedar of Morocco. Jordanian Bank Buys 1/4 of A Congo Forest.

Calculating Uncertainty in the Forest Carbon Equation

Nature Conservancy - Science

Calculating forest carbon emissions just got easier — Nature Conservancy scientists have devised a new way to bring together global, regional, and local carbon emissions datasests on deforestation and degradation, including a way to account for the uncertainty behind this tricky data mash-up.

New Hope for an Ancient Forest

Conservancy Talk

Sanjayan travels deep into some of the most spectacular forests on the planet, from uncharted areas of the Amazon to the jungles of Sumatra. Tonight’s episode demonstrates that in forests around the world, nature and people can thrive together.

Calculating Uncertainty in the Forest Carbon Equation

Nature Conservancy - Science

Calculating forest carbon emissions just got easier — Nature Conservancy scientists have devised a new way to bring together global, regional, and local carbon emissions datasests on deforestation and degradation, including a way to account for the uncertainty behind this tricky data mash-up.

GHANA – Upper Guinea Forest Birding at its best!

10,000 Birds

We continued up the steps and onto a forest trail as a Forest Robin began to sing some way into the forest, but time was of the essence as the first glimmers of dawn were already here and we wanted to ensure we were on the walkway as soon as possible.

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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?

Con-Lib government selling off Britain's forests

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The British coalition government between Tories and Whigs is putting forward the framework for legislation to sell off much of the government-owned forests and despite much protests seems to be going ahead with it. Claims and comments such as this one “The government is getting ready for a huge sell-off of our national forests to private firms. All other forests and woodlands have been used and managed. You want woodlands and forests?

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Floating Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Kelp forest. For an inside look at the magic of kelp forests, visit TALK. What is Floating Forests? Just log on to Floating Forests right now, wherever you are, through Zooniverse , a collection of citizen science projects.

Jordan Steps Up Anti-Logging Efforts Over Winter

Green Prophet

Authorities in Jordan are stepping up the monitoring of forests to stop illegal logging over the winter months. The onset of winter can only mean one thing- the weather is going to get colder and in Jordan, that means a rise in illegal logging.

Saving Myanmar’s Timber Elephants

Nature Conservancy - Science

Logging elephants are an incredible part of Myanmar’s history — but they’re also key to help reduce the negative impacts that logging can have on the forests. From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Forests Mammals Myanmar forests expedition

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. The Nature Conservancy works with logging companies to practice reduced-impact logging.

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Watch: Indiscriminate logging in Latvia is fueled by Britain’s markets

Green Blog

Al Jazeera English takes a closer look at the forests in Latvia which are being cut down at an unsustainable rate in one of their recent episodes of People & Power (see the video above).

How Fire Can Restore a Forest (TIME LAPSE VIDEO)

Conservancy Talk

Rich recently returned from an assignment for Nature Conservancy magazine documenting the regrowth of a forest after a controlled burn. I found myself in this beautiful old-growth forest on a unique mission: document the changes of a controlled burn using time-lapse photography.

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Help Stop the Privatization of BC's Public Forest Lands!

Green (Living) Review

The legislation would essentially make crown forest land more like private land in terms of management and logging rights. Public input will be essential in stopping this very dangerous privatization legislation, as well as in improving future forest policy.

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Forestry Panel backs publicly-owned woods and forests

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There is a “continuing role” for a national publicly-owed forest estate in England, the Independent Panel on Forestry, an independent, so the name suggests, panel set up in the wake of the Government's sell-off U-turn, has concluded. In a progress report, the Independent Panel on Forestry says it is developing recommendations that will “increase the benefits generated from all forests in England”. Forestry Commission forests forestry

Fish of the Forest: Large Wood Benefits Salmon Recovery

Nature Conservancy - Science

Activities that impact small streams and rivers, such as logging, development, pollutants and climate change, therefore directly threaten these species. marshes, streams, forests, rivers) to guard against volatility.

Barcodes Protect Tropical Rainforests from Illegal Logging

Eco Friendly Daily

But in the effort against illegal logging, barcodes could offer an innovative solution. Flagrant exploitation of forest resources destroys the ecological balance and causes flooding, erosion and forest fires. Without the forests we will lose the battle to control global warming.

Dead Wood & Migrating Salmon: Restoring a Southeast Alaska Stream

Nature Conservancy - Science

Streams in Southeast Alaska can’t function ecologically without fallen logs. That’s why I’m jumping over logs with U.S. Forest Service biologist Sheila Jacobson and hydrologist Sean Claffey. Salmon have long defined Prince of Wales Island and the Tongass National Forest.

Family realize their dreams with their own forest and sawmill

Green (Living) Review

My wife Jane comes from the area and our neighbors are all her relations,” says John Cushnie, looking as though he is the cat who got all the cream as he lifts an oak log onto his Logosol saw. “I’m For him, the forest is not only an opportunity for relaxation.

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No walls, no classrooms: London's first forest nursery school lets kids learn in the woods

Green (Living) Review

LONDON — In the heart of north London lies the ancient Queens Wood, a green forest hidden away in a metropolis of more than 8 million residents. A circle of logs provides a place to gather for snacks, stories and songs.

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Harvesting Whitebark Pine Cones to Save a Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Saving the Forest for the Beers. Logging Ash to Save Hemlocks. 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. Photo © US Forest Service.

Indonesia’s Forests Loom As Green Gold

Green (Living) Review

BANGKOK, Nov 16, 2010: All eyes are on Indonesia and its forest policy as climate- change negotiations continue in the upcoming global talks in Mexico, against the prospect of billions of dollars flowing from the planet’s major polluters to the developing world to slow global warming. The forests in South-east Asia’s largest country will be among those coming under scrutiny during Nov. Burma, or Myanmar, comes a distant second, with 32 million hectares of forest cover.