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New Study Highlights The Precarious State Of The World's Primary Forests

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...

Latest Old-growth forest Stories

old-growth forest study site in Savage Gulf
2014-04-18 06:48:19

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online So far, the spring of 2014 has seen more than 40 percent of the western US in a drought that the USDA has deemed "severe" or "exceptional." In 2013, the drought was just as severe, and in 2012 it spread to the humid eastern states. Looking at the effects of a drought in geological terms, it would be easy to assume that a three-year drought is inconsequential in the long term, despite the devastating effects it might have on farmers...

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....

2013-11-05 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...

2013-10-01 23:29:30

With conflicting research, scientists should proceed with caution, says Water Researcher and Advocate Sharon Kleyne. Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) October 01, 2013 In 2010, a Scientific American article by Michael Tennesen reported that recent declines in coastal fog could endanger California’s beloved coastal redwoods, including the world’s tallest tree (Dec. 9; “Fog that Nourishes California Redwoods Is Declining”). In 2013, a Los Angeles Times article by Bettina Boxall reported that...

2013-06-26 16:58:42

New research from the University of Guelph, published Tuesday in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, says that allowing industrial extraction in a northern Ontario old-growth red pine forest – the largest remaining in the world – would significantly threaten biodiversity in Canada. The study says Wolf Lake Forest Reserve is a “scientifically irreplaceable system.” “Wolf Lake Forest deserves intensive study, monitoring and full protection from future development,” said...

Tree Group Plants Redwood Clones Abroad To Save Them From Climate Change
2013-04-23 07:55:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In celebration of Earth Day 2013, one non-profit organization made a bold attempt to preserve one of America´s oldest natural treasures. By protecting and preserving California´s ancient redwood trees, the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive (AATA) is hoping that the towering timbers will be saved from climate change. Earth Day, which was celebrated yesterday (Apr 22), is a time for people to make a stand for environmental...

Tree Death In Amazon Much Higher Than Previously Believed
2013-01-29 12:28:36

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it have a direct impact on climate change? A new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) set out to answer this question. Forests are critical to the equilibrium of Earth´s climate since they absorb large quantities of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide directly from our atmosphere. The death of a tree, however, reverses the flow of carbon and...

2012-08-07 23:19:03

Forest succession helps rare plants and animals Forests hammered by windstorms, avalanches and wildfires may appear blighted, but a Washington State University researcher says such disturbances can be key to maximizing an area's biological diversity. In fact, says Mark Swanson, land managers can alter their practices to enhance such diversity, creating areas with a wide variety of species, including rare and endangered plants and animals. "The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, for...

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2012-05-18 07:43:37

[ Watch the Video ] Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com A study led by anthropologist Christopher I. Roos from Southern Methodist University in Dallas shows that modern “mega forest fires” in the southwestern U.S. are the result of dense canopies that likely grew as a result of human interference. “The U.S. would not be experiencing massive large-canopy-killing crown fires today if human activities had not begun to suppress the low-severity surface fires that were so...

Handful Of Heavyweight Trees Per Acre Are Forest Champs
2012-05-03 06:18:56

Big trees three or more feet in diameter accounted for nearly half the biomass measured at a Yosemite National Park site, yet represented only one percent of the trees growing there. This means just a few towering white fir, sugar pine and incense cedars per acre at the Yosemite site are disproportionately responsible for photosynthesis, converting carbon dioxide into plant tissue and sequestering that carbon in the forest, sometimes for centuries, according to James Lutz, a University of...


Latest Old-growth forest Reference Libraries

Allegheny National Forest
2013-10-30 09:24:27

The Allegheny National Forest is a National Forest that can be found in northwestern Pennsylvania. The forest covers 513,175 acres of land. In the forest is the Kinzua Dam, which impounds the Allegheny River to create Allegheny Reservoir. The administrative headquarters for the Allegheny National Forest can be found in Warren. It has two ranger stations, one in Bradford, McKean County and one in Marienville, Forest County. The forest lies in the heart of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas...

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...

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