Forests

One Cool Thing: World’s First Quiet Park

As Mother Nature Network reported, Ecuador has become the first country in the world to build a “quiet park,” a lush stretch of land straddling the Zabalo River where silence is protected like a natural resource. There are no transport routes here. Nor residential and commercial developments. You can’t even hear the hum of power […]

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Want to Temporarily Escape The You-Know-What? Here’s How To “Walk In the Woods” Virtually

With more states like ours — Maryland and Virginia — joining the “shelter-in-place” club, finding a way to get outdoors but maintain the appropriate social distance is increasingly difficult in urban areas and the stress of it all can be really draining.  There is a wealth of resources to help you get outdoors — albeit virtually — if you cannot easily get to a secluded place to enjoy nature safely. If you want something bold or exotic, try a virtual expedition with a National Geographic Explorer.  Even a one-minute “walk in the woods” in silence like the one above in Federica Park on St. Simons Island, Georgia can provide instant relief from our new relative captivity.

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Regrowth Seen in Australia’s Burned Forests

Regrowth Seen in Australia’s Burned Forests

In 2019 and 2020, about 20% of Australia’s burned during the country’s unprecedented wildfires. A proportion, that The Guardian noted, scientists believe is unprecedented globally. In fact, ancient forests that have previously survived geographic upheavals were feared to have been irrevocably damaged. However, new insight from ecologists in Australia is showing that many of these […]

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Tropical Rainforests Losing Ability to Absorb Carbon, That’s a Blow to Trump’s “1 Trillion Trees”

Tropical Rainforests Losing Ability to Absorb Carbon, That’s a Blow to Trump’s “1 Trillion Trees”

According to a new study published in the journal Nature, tropical forests are losing their ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the air and serve as “carbon sinks.” As The Guardian explained, The Amazon could turn into a source of carbon in the atmosphere, instead of one of the biggest absorbers of the gas, as […]

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Scientists Perfect Technique to Harvest Metals from Trees

Scientists Perfect Technique to Harvest Metals from Trees

While metallic soils often kill plants, scientists have been studying certain species of trees that are able to thrive in these soils and store metals–like nickel–in their tissue and seeds as a result. As the New York Times recently wrote, “This vegetation could be the world’s most efficient, solar-powered mineral smelters. What if, as a […]

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The President’s and Republicans’ Climate Plans Are All About Trees

The President’s and Republicans’ Climate Plans Are All About Trees

Yesterday, President Trump announced at Davos that the U.S. will join the “Trillion Tree Initiative” that is being promoted there as a way for world leaders to commit to combatting climate change.  The President said yesterday that, “We’re committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world.”

Why This Matters:  Chanelling our inner Lorax here – the Republicans MAY have brought the President along on planting trees — but it would be really great if they could get him to stop cutting them down.

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Australia’s Burned Forests Pose Immense Economic Risk

Australia’s Burned Forests Pose Immense Economic Risk

Australia’s wildfires have been devastating for wildlife and people alike but there’s another casualty that’s been largely overlooked in media coverage: its forests.

Why This Matters: Forestry groups worry about the immense economic/ecological impact of the burned forests.

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Top Stories of 2019: Forests on Fire All Over the World

Top Stories of 2019: Forests on Fire All Over the World

This year will be remembered for searing images of the Amazon burning at an unprecedented rate (there were so many fires you could see them from space), with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro alternating between downplaying the severity of them and then sending in Brazilian military troops to fight the tens of thousands of fires burning thereAs we reported, world leaders and environmental organizations — even the Pope — pushed Brazil to take action — and the worst part was most of the fires were started by people who wanted to clear land for agriculture and other development.  But fires were bad all over the planet — from the Arctic tundra in Greenland, Alaska, and Siberia, to Australia, and of course, California.

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CA’s Forest Management Woes

CA’s Forest Management Woes


As California begins to grapple with wildfire management it must also contend with what to do about its forests. From a legal battle playing out about whether the U.S. Forest Service should be able to cut down burned trees to how non-native eucalyptus forests should be managed, not everyone can agree on the best means of forest management.

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Trump Administration Plans To Open 1.9M Acres of TX Forests and Grasslands to Drilling

Trump Administration Plans To Open 1.9M Acres of TX Forests and Grasslands to Drilling

The Trump Administration is poised to open nearly 2 million acres of land in U.S. national forests in Texas to oil and gas drilling and fracking, which would allow lease holding companies to drill more than 1,000 horizontal wells and 500 vertical wells over a 20-year time period,

Why This Matters:  This is yet another senseless Trump rollback that would do significant environmental damag

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Pennsylvania Public-Private Partnership to Plant 10 Million Trees by 2025

Pennsylvania Public-Private Partnership to Plant 10 Million Trees by 2025

The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership is a partnership led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) between national, regional, state, and local agencies, conservation organizations, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and citizens that have committed to improving Pennsylvania’s communities, economy, and ecology by planting of 10 million new trees in priority landscapes in Pennsylvania by the end of 2025.  Their goal is to plant them alongside rivers and streams to rebuild “riparian forest buffers” that can significantly reduce the amount of polluted runoff coming from those areas and improve soil health by keeping it on the land instead of in the water, as well as providing habitat for fish and other animals.

Why This Matters: This is a win-win-win — due to its climate benefits, soil health improvements, and its contribution to clean water in streams, rivers, and even the Chesapeake Bay.  It could be a model for other states.  

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One Fall Thing: Enjoying the Colors Without a Car

One Fall Thing: Enjoying the Colors Without a Car

  According to the American Automobile Association, most people prefer to see the fall colors by taking a road trip by car.  But as Mother Jones points out, there are lots of low-carbon alternatives.  For example, in New York City there are trains to the upstate New York trail that only take an hour and […]

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