Forests
Fires Destroyed Millions of California’s Most Iconic Trees

Fires Destroyed Millions of California’s Most Iconic Trees

The New York Times interactive published a look back at the 2020 fire season in California and its devastating impact on three iconic tree species — the coastal redwood, the giant sequoia, and the Joshua tree.  Thousands of them — some of which were hundreds or even thousands of years old — burned in the […]

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Read This: The NYT on The Secret Life of Trees

Read This: The NYT on The Secret Life of Trees

This week’s New York Times Magazine includes a fascinating read by Ferris Jabr (with incredible photos by Brendan George Ko) about the work of forest ecologist Suzanne Simard.  Simard’s career began when studying for her Ph.D. she examined the fungal links between Douglas fir and paper birch in the forests of her childhood home in […]

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Hundreds of CA’s Giant Sequoias Destroyed By Wildfires

Hundreds of CA’s Giant Sequoias Destroyed By Wildfires

Hundreds of giant sequoia trees were killed in the Castle Fire in California, according to experts. Despite being naturally resistant to fire, sequoias, the world’s most massive trees, the intensity of recent wildfires has done more damage than the trees can handle.

Why This Matters: The fiery death of these trees is a canary in a coal mine.

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Deforestation Rises in the Amazon

Deforestation Rises in the Amazon

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer In October, deforestation rose in the Amazon for the first time in four months. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, has refused to take action against logging in the Amazon calling the act “cultural” and expressing that it “will never end.” Yet this year, from July to September, logging slowed because […]

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Building Fire-Resistant Green Space

Building Fire-Resistant Green Space

Earlier this fall, when the Almeda Fire tore through southern Oregon, the Bear Creek Greenway became a tunnel of flames. As Next City reports, restored native ecosystems “burned at a much lower intensity, making [the fire] less destructive, less dangerous to fight, and slower to spread into adjacent neighborhoods.” 

Why This Matters: Because of climate change, fires are becoming bigger and more intense, as this year devastatingly showed.

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The Case Against Indiscriminate Forest Clearing in the PNW

The Case Against Indiscriminate Forest Clearing in the PNW

After a devastating wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service proposed a plan to remove existing restrictions on cutting down large trees on public lands east of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington. However, recently published research suggests that cutting down these big trees will greatly decrease the amount of carbon stored […]

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