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Young Tropical Forests Contribute Little To Tree-Biodiversity Conservation
2013-12-12 17:14:28

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute A satellite image of a green swath of tropical forest does not tell the whole story. About half the world's tropical forests are relatively young. Unless protected, they are unlikely to last more than a human generation before falling to bulldozers and chainsaws. These ephemeral secondary forests may contribute little to tree-biodiversity conservation, according to a new report by scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama....

2013-12-12 12:29:04

MONTREAL, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Lumberseek Group Inc® announces the release of "LUMBERSEEK-UP" with intent to modernize the communications of product & pricing between sales and procurement departments of commodity based lumber and panel products. "With hundreds of price lists e-mailed from industry sales offices across the country each week, the market is in need of a universal application to help it communicate this information more effectively" says Lynne...

2013-12-12 12:28:05

WASHINGTON and OTTAWA, Ontario, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The future of Southern U.S. forests depends in large part on decisions made today by family forest owners, who account for 62 percent of privately owned forestland in the region. To help promote responsible forestry among this crucial group, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) has awarded a grant to the American Forest Foundation (AFF) to conduct highly targeted outreach to promote sustainable forestry...

2013-12-11 11:59:25

Important new findings reveal promise and peril of land-use decisions A groundbreaking study by Harvard University's Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape's ability to protect against climate change. The scientists researched and analyzed four plausible scenarios for...

2013-12-10 23:24:44

Successful arborist and owner of a tree company in Boulder, Colo., drew from his own experience to create MapCentrix after finding other software inadequate. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) December 10, 2013 MapCentrix, a fresh new mapping software for those dealing with the care of trees, has been introduced to help them improve the care of the trees they tend. Learn more about MapCentrix or try a demo at http://www.mapcentrix.com. MapCentrix was designed by an arborist, for arborists. Drawing on...

2013-12-06 13:59:59

For first time, Dartmouth study puts a dollar value on snow's reflection of solar energy Replacing forests with snow-covered meadows may provide greater climatic and economic benefits than if trees are left standing in some regions, according to a Dartmouth College study that for the first time puts a dollar value on snow's ability to reflect the sun's energy. The findings suggest more frequent logging or deforestation may better serve our planet and pocketbooks in high latitude areas...

2013-11-26 23:23:46

After just one year of their Forests for the Future initiative, Eminence has planted an incredible 1.5 million trees. Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) November 26, 2013 Last November, Éminence Organic Skin Care (http://www.eminenceorganics.com) embarked on an environmental initiative that helps restore and rebuild the environment one tree at a time. Deforestation is the leading cause of climate change as millions of acres of trees are lost every year. Éminence is determined to make a...

2013-11-26 14:28:44

Halting deforestation in tropical regions requires verification of forest conditions. VTT has developed a new satellite image based method for accurate assessment of tropical forest cover. Part of the EU's seventh framework program, the ReCover project has involved using satellite imaging to map forest cover in sites in Mexico, Guyana, Columbia, Congo and the Fiji Islands over a period of up to 20 years. The REDD program is the United Nations' collaborative initiative designed to combat...

2013-11-26 14:07:57

As trees grow larger in even-aged stands, competition develops among them. Competition weakens trees, as they contend for soil moisture, nutrients, and sunlight. Competition also increases trees’ risk to bark beetles and diseases, and subsequently leads to a buildup of dead fuels. A recent study, led by Dr. Jianwei Zhang, research forester at the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, considered if the onset of this risk could be determined. The study, which appears in...

2013-11-25 16:21:11

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) announces its support of the Fallen Wildland Firefighters Fair Compensation Act of 2013, as introduced by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. Under the proposed legislation, the surviving spouses and children of fallen aerial and ground wildland firefighters, working under contract to the US Forest Service (USFS), agencies of the Department Of The Interior, or...


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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