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Interview of the Week: Sam Hodder

Interview of the Week: Sam Hodder

Sam Hodder is the president and CEO of the Save the Redwoods League. Hodder has spent his career in land conservation overseeing complex conservation programs and land transactions from the remote wilderness to the inner city. ODP: What’s the difference between a redwood and a giant sequoia? SH: Giant sequoia are the most massive trees […]

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One Spooky Thing: Haunted Forests Around the World

One Spooky Thing: Haunted Forests Around the World

While haunted houses may get all the attention around Halloween, haunted forests can give you a fright while also giving you a chance to get out into nature. Check out Condé Nast Traveler’s roundup of 14 Haunted Forests Around the World. Try not to get too scared!

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WWF Finds 62% of Wood Products Are Mislabeled

WWF Finds 62% of Wood Products Are Mislabeled

A new study from the World Wildlife Fund looked at 73 consumer wood products from major US retailers – everything from hairbrushes to furniture to cheese plates – and found that 45, or 62% were mislabeled.

Meaning a product is advertised as one kind of wood, but is actually a completely different species.

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Native American Tribes Make CA’s Cap-and-Trade Go Round

Native American Tribes Make CA’s Cap-and-Trade Go Round

In 2006, California passed a groundbreaking law that required statewide emissions to be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020 with the state’s cap-and-trade system being one of the primary policies implemented to achieve this target. Part of California’s cap-and-trade programs allows polluters to buy carbon offsets from California Air Resources Board (CARB)-approved forestry projects to […]

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Hero of the Week: The Stagg Tree

Hero of the Week: The Stagg Tree

We know, usually, our Heroes of the Week are humans but hear us out: trees are serious climate heroes.

Our hero this week is the Stagg Tree which is a giant sequoia tree located in California’s 530-acre Alder Creek forest–and it needs your help! Last month Save the Redwoods League announced an opportunity to purchase Alder Creek, the largest remaining privately owned giant sequoia property in the world.

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Conservation on a Local Level

Conservation on a Local Level

    by Raleigh Kitchen, Membership and Outreach Manager, St. Simons Land Trust   The issue of conservation is a topical one. You hear about it on the news, read it in the paper, and sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of lands, waters, and wildlife in need of it. Conservation feels like a big […]

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One Cool Thing: Fall Foliage Predictions

One Cool Thing: Fall Foliage Predictions

Labor Day marks the end up summer and it’s not too soon to start thinking about your autumn leaf-peeping adventures. SmokyMountains.com recently released its annual interactive fall foliage forecast map, predicting when and where leaves are going to be at their prime. As Thrillist explained, at the moment, these are the best projections available based on […]

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Senator Booker Proposes “Nature-Based”  Climate Legislation

Senator Booker Proposes “Nature-Based” Climate Legislation

Presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker last week introduced legislation in the Senate to combat climate change through farm conservation, reforestation, and wetlands restoration, The Hill reported. 

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We Need Trees to Stay Cool But We Keep Losing Them

We Need Trees to Stay Cool But We Keep Losing Them

We wrote last week that trees and forests have an important role to play in fighting climate change and their importance was only underscored by the recent heatwave that much of the east coast experienced. Tree cover can cool cities by as much as 10°F but in the United States, we’ve been losing a significant […]

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Pine Forest Restoration in Missouri Pays Off Big

Pine Forest Restoration in Missouri Pays Off Big

Millions of acres of pine woodlands used to cover a large portion of the Midwest but as humans logged these trees and suppressed natural fires, dense forests with thick leaf litter and tree species that were less fire-resistant took their place–leading to more intense and unpredictable wildfires as well as the loss of native bird […]

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Future of Fighting Fires in CA May Be Big Data

Future of Fighting Fires in CA May Be Big Data

The firefighting community in Los Angeles has spent the last 18 months testing a program developed by the WiFire Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center that can predict in real time where active fires will spread next, which is particularly important in dense urban areas. The New York Times reported on a new computer program, known as FireMap that “pulls together real-time information about topography, flammable materials and weather conditions, among other variables, from giant government data sets and on-the-ground sensors” and then those maps can be sent electronically to incident commanders on the ground so that they can appropriately deploy firefighting resources.

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Forests are becoming slow to recover after wildfires

Forests are becoming slow to recover after wildfires

Wildfires across the Western United States have been made more intense and more frequent due to climate change and now a team of researchers from the University of Montana, the University of Colorado and the U.S. Forest Service have found evidence suggesting that low-elevation forests have been facing difficult recoveries after forest fires also as […]

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