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2013-11-05 23:03:18

Lifestyle Brand Reveals Its Best Practices For Solutions In Reducing Wood Fiber Use Carlsbad, CA (PRWEB) November 05, 2013 PrAna announced it’s partnering with environmental not-for-profit group Canopy to help protect the world’s forests by reducing its use of textiles made with wood pulp, such as rayon and lyocell. “Reducing our use of textiles like rayon, which are made from the harmful extraction of forest fibers, has been an internal goal of prAna’s for the past few...

Climate Change Alters Timing Of Spring Growth In Forests
2013-10-30 09:05:58

Technische Universitaet Muenchen In the temperate zones, vegetation follows the change of the seasons. After a winter pause, plants put out new growth in spring. Research has now brought a new correlation to light: The colder the winter, the earlier native plants begin to grow again. Since warmer winters can be expected as the climate changes, the spring development phase for typical forest trees might start later and later – giving an advantage to shrubs and invasive trees that don't...

California Redwoods Reveal Coastal Climate History
2013-10-30 09:05:31

[ Watch the Video: Redwoods Tell The Tale Of Past Climate Change ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Giant redwood trees can provide a glimpse into historic coastal climate conditions using a novel method for analyzing the wood’s oxygen and carbon content to detect fog and rainfall in previous seasons, according to a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. Study leader Jim Johnstone at the University of Washington developed the...

2013-10-29 15:54:20

Study finds half of UN projects do not engage local communities in monitoring, argues REDD+ projects that integrate community participation are more likely to save forests As global forest and climate experts gather at the Oslo REDD Exchange 2013 to ramp up international efforts to protect carbon-storing forests in the developing world, a recent study by researchers at the Nairobi-based World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and European and Southeast Asian institutions finds that local...

Brazilian Amazon Study Shows 50,000 km Of Road Was Built In Just Three Years
2013-10-28 13:18:15

Imperial College London Although road-building is a major contributor to deforestation and habitat loss, the way in which road networks develop is still poorly understood. A new study is among the first to measure the number of roads built in a rainforest ecosystem over an extended period of time. It was published this month in the journal Regional Environmental Change by researchers including two Life Scientists from Imperial College London. They say studies like this will help...


Latest Forestry Reference Libraries

Cultigen
2013-08-21 08:41:06

Cultigen is a plant that is the result of human selection by primarily turning a wild plant into a cultivated plant (anthropogenic plant) with minor changes. Cultigens can either be grown as a cultivated plant or planted in the wild and left to multiply on their own. Specifically selected plants are grafted with other plant material to produce mixed tissue used to create hybrids. The naming of cultigens is derived from the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. The Cultivated Plant...

Clearcutting
2013-04-02 11:17:47

Clearcutting, otherwise known as clearfelling, is a controversial forestry/logging practice in which the majority or all of the trees in an area are uniformly cut down. Clearcutting, in addition to shelterwood and seed tree harvests, is utilized by foresters to construct certain types of forest ecosystems and to encourage select species that require plentiful sunlight or grow in large, even-age stands. Logging companies and forest-worker unions in certain countries support the practice for...

Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

Deforestation
2009-05-27 18:12:50

Deforestation is the act or process of removing trees from forested lands by cutting or burning. There are many reasons for deforestation. Logs are sold as a commodity and cleared lands can be used for pastures and human settlements. The damage caused by deforestation, however, can be great. If land is not somewhat reforested it can cause damage to habitats for wildlife and other plant life, affect the aridity of the region, and possibly encourage degradation into wasteland. Due to negligent...

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