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2014-09-26 12:22:23

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Endangered Canada lynx, endangered mainland Nova Scotia moose, wood turtles and other at risk species are being supported through five new forest conservation projects. The sites, totalling 2,142 acres (867 hectares) of forest have been saved across Canada through a partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and TD Bank Group (TD). The announcement was made as part of National Forest Week (Sept 21 - 27). The sites, located in Alberta,...

2014-09-08 16:21:31

OTTAWA, Sept. 8, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) says Canada has one of the best records in the world when it comes to sustainable forest management and the industry continues to engage with partners on further advances. FPAC was responding to a recent study published by the World Resource Institute (WRI) that noted a global increase in the fragmentation of intact forest landscapes, while suggesting Canada is seeing the greatest reduction. In...

forests in peril
2014-08-20 07:08:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An estimated 95 percent of the primary forests that existed prior to the advent of agriculture have been lost in non-protected areas, according to new research published online Thursday in the Society for Conservation Biology journal Conservation Letters. The paper, which was prepared by an international team of experts in forest ecology, conservation biology, international policy and practical forest conservation issues, details...

2014-08-05 08:26:26

Agreement Demonstrates K-C's Efforts to Set Industry-Leading Fiber Sourcing Goals DALLAS and MONTREAL, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the fifth anniversary of a milestone agreement between Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) and Greenpeace, which established a framework for collaboration towards long-term solutions to protect forests worldwide. Over the years, the relationship helped accomplish key objectives for both organizations by increasing the use of fiber from sustainable...

2014-05-05 08:22:28

With spring migration in full flight, a new report urges greater protection for an avian haven WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's been dubbed North America's bird nursery: the sprawling billion-plus-acre boreal forest that spans the continent from Alaska across Canada to Newfoundland and Labrador. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140502/83858 Each spring, an estimated 1 billion to 3 billion nesting birds make the long journey north to the boreal forest from wintering...

Climate Not The Only Factor Ushering In Change For Northern Forests
2014-04-21 11:45:00

USDA Forest Service In the most densely forested and most densely populated quadrant of the United States, forests reflect two centuries of human needs, values and practices. Disturbances associated with those needs, such as logging and clearing forests for agriculture and development, have set the stage for management issues of considerable concern today, a U.S. Forest Service study reports. The report – Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter forest conditions and...

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....

2013-11-26 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...

Trees Might Store More Carbon Than Thought
2013-10-03 07:03:41

DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Examining a long-lived forest, researchers have found that Black Spruce trees, which dominate the northern forests of North America, succumb about five years after being weakened by environmental stresses. Without rejuvenating fire, the dead trees aren't being replaced by new ones. The result will help researchers better understand how climate change affects the health of forests, and how forests affect the severity of climate change. The study...

Peru Cloud Forests Threatened
2013-09-12 12:13:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study from Wake Forest University published by the journal PLOS ONE, a confluence of climate change and ecological factors could threaten Peru’s cloud forests, which are nestled along the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains. Home to one third of Peru's mammal, bird and frog species, the cloud forests are renowned for their biodiversity and high elevation. At altitudes between 6,500 and 11,000 feet, they are a...


Latest Forests Reference Libraries

Rainforests
2013-04-19 19:33:20

Rainforests are forests that are characterized by high levels of rainfall, with definitions based on a minimum usual annual rainfall of about 68 to 78 inches. The monsoon trough, or otherwise known as the intertropical convergence zone, holds an important role in producing the climatic conditions that are essential for the Earth’s tropical rainforests. About 40 to 75 percent of all biotic species are native to the rainforests. It’s been estimated that there might be many millions of...

Taiga
2013-04-19 18:21:46

Taiga, or otherwise known as boreal forest, is a biome that is characterized by coniferous forests made up mostly of spruces, larches, and pines. The taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome. In North America, it covers most of inland Canada and Alaska as well as portions of the extreme northern continental United States and is known as the Northwoods. It covers most of Sweden, Finland, much of Norway, lowland/coastal areas of Iceland, much of Russia, northern Kazakhstan, northern...

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