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2008-08-19 03:00:24

By McDonald, Robert I Motzkin, Glenn; Foster, David R MCDONALD, R. I. (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138), G. MOTZKIN AND D. R. FOSTER (Harvard Forest, Harvard University, Petersham, MA 01366). Assessing the influence of historical factors, contemporary processes, and environmental conditions on the distribution of invasive species. J. Torrey Bot. Soc. 135: 260-271. 2008.-Despite concern over potential detrimental effects of non-native invasive species on...

2008-08-18 00:00:21

By Chai Mei Ling TREES are to orang utans what roads are to humans. When we develop pockets of forests, humans cut off not just the primates' connectivity to other parts of the woodland but also their food supply. CHAI MEI LING learns how a few ringgit can contribute to a tree-planting programme armed with the mammoth task of linking up those roads again. If we think about trees ... it's something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, provides a habitat...

2008-08-14 09:00:39

By Jim Robbins Diana Beresford-Kroeger pointed to a towering wafer ash tree near her home. The tree is a chemical factory, she explained, and its products are part of a sophisticated survival strategy. The flowers contain terpene oils, which repel mammals that might feed on them. But the ash needs to attract pollinators, and so it has a powerful lactone fragrance that appeals to large butterflies and honeybees. The chemicals in the wafer ash, in turn, she said, provide chemical protection...

2008-08-13 15:00:29

BIODIVERSITY is the variety of life on earth - the whole range of plants, animals and fungi and the places in which they live. Biodiversity is vital to us all and provides many of life's essentials we take for granted: it provides our food it regulates the Earth's atmosphere and provides us with oxygen it is an important source of medicinal drugs and the open spaces where we get exercise and relaxation the raw materials on which our economy is based and acts as a draw for...

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2008-08-04 14:20:00

A new Australian study of "green carbon" and its role in climate change suggests that untouched natural forests store three times more carbon dioxide than previously estimated and 60 percent more than plantation forests. Green carbon occurs in natural forests, brown carbon is found in industrialized forests or plantations, grey carbon in fossil fuels and blue carbon in oceans. The role of untouched forests, and their biomass of green carbon, had been underestimated in the fight against global...

2008-07-25 15:00:41

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF Plum Creek Timber Co. officials said they are talking with several potential buyers interested in protecting a rare, 220-acre forest near Elliotsville containing trees older than the state of Maine itself. Plum Creek has temporarily shelved any plans to harvest in what some people have dubbed the Big Wilson Stream "old-growth" forest. The company has been under pressure from some local residents and environmental groups to abandon plans to harvest on the...

2008-07-23 09:00:39

By Don Thompson Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Union Pacific Railroad Co. has agreed to pay $102 million for a huge California wildfire sparked by its workers in what federal officials described Tuesday as a precedent- setting case. U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said the settlement marks the U.S. Forest Service's largest damage recovery for a wildfire. The company, based in Omaha, Neb., agreed to settle after a federal judge in Sacramento ruled against it in February, Union...

2008-07-11 15:00:24

This week's ClickBack, the BDN editorial pages' interactive feature, elicited strong sentiments on the stand of old-growth trees on Plum Creek's land in Elliotsville. The Native Forest Network believes the trees, in a 200-acre plot near Big Wilson Stream, are more than 100 years old and should be conserved. Yet harvesting the timber would be allowed under the law, and Plum Creek believes it should be able to cut on its own land. Plum Creek's old-growth trees - should they be cut or...

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2008-07-07 14:05:00

Packs of volunteers, including oil workers and schoolchildren, trekked into fields and forests up and down Mexico on Saturday to plant more than 8 million trees, according to the environment ministry. "We are repairing just a little of the enormous damage that we are doing" to the environment, President Felipe Calderon said at a tree planting event just north of the capital. The movement started in response to Mexico's reputation of being a country of rampant illegal logging activity, which...

2008-07-07 00:00:10

By Chai Mei Ling PAPER is a necessary evil. But one pulp and paper firm challenges this impression by giving back just as much, if not more, to the environment and society. CHAI MEI LING went to visit its paper mill in Kerinchi, Indonesia a sceptic, but came back liking what she saw. Gliding across the cottony airway of Riau province in an aircraft, one notices that the velvety green stretching well beyond the horizon is actually broken up by differing hues. There are emerald tracts 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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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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