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Ruth Metzel Has a Secret Weapon to Save an Ecosystem

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by

Ruth Metzel may have figured out a way to save a critically endangered ecosystem: build relationships with the people who live there. For a decade the ecologist has studied tropical dry […]

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7 Science Innovations That Are Changing Conservation

Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 by

In our still relatively brief existence, humans have evolved our way to an era many are now calling the Anthropocene – a new geological epoch defined by human impact on Earth. But our unparalleled creativity is a double-edge sword. We are undeniably contributing to many of the global challenges now facing our species, […]

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The latest weapons against climate change: The beaver, the oyster, cold water and more…

Posted on Friday, May 12th, 2017 by

Beavers, high elevation streams, and oyster reefs are just three of the weapons in the fight against climate change discussed in 14 Solutions to Problems Climate Change Poses for Conservation, a new report released today by WCS. From re-introduced beavers restoring the water storage capacity of ecosystems in Utah and Washington, to redesigned culverts that […]

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Are some forests better than others at migrating climate change ?

Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by

Photo credit: Travel Photos HD. LIFE ON EARTH wouldn’t be the same without forests. An estimated 1.6 billion people around the world depend on forests for their livelihood. Forests provide food and timber, preserve water quality and soil fertility, and act as a home for 80% of the planet’s terrestrial species. They also act […]

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Farming with forests

Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by

Feeding the world’s burgeoning population is a major challenge for agricultural scientists and agribusinesses, who are busy developing higher-yielding crop varieties. Yet University of Illinois researchers stress that we should not overlook sustainability in the frenzy to achieve production goals. More than a third of the global land area is currently in food production. […]

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The Secrets of Silvopasturing

Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by

PHOTO: National Agroforestry Center/Flickr When George Owens and his wife, Pat, became the owners of his family’s farm in 1971, it wasn’t sustainable. The 100-year-old farm specialized in peanuts, timber, cotton, cattle and hogs, but that wasn’t enough to support the operation. Pat, an accountant by trade, insisted that unless the farm could pay […]

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Alley Cropping and Silvopasture

Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by

Alley Cropping While known widely in the agroforestry realm, this technique of inserting lines of trees within croplands is being explored more and more as farm scale Permaculture takes off. It moves from an Agroforestry realm to a Permaculture landscape when the ethics and principles frame its permaculture application.  No matter the scale, alley cropping can […]

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The TreeSisters Million Trees Campaign

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by

Restoring Our Forests – One Woman At a Time Women as a Force of Nature, On Behalf of Nature BECOME A TREESISTER We are calling for women to become treesisters by contributing monthly to tropical reforestation. We are planting well over One Million Trees per year, and are now aiming for One Million Trees per […]

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Silvopasture: Adding a Little Forest to the Farm

Posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by

Hezekiah and Francis Gibson’s non-profit organization, United Farmers USA works with NRCS staff to help other small farmers succeed through a wide range of outreach and technical assistance, educational programs and resources. Lifelong farmer Hezekiah Gibson, and his wife Frances, farm 1,200 acres in Manning, South Carolina. They have been working with USDA’s […]

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How ‘more food per field’ could help save our wild spaces

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

Agricultural expansion is a leading cause of wild species loss and greenhouse gas emissions. However, as farming practices and technologies continue to be refined, more food can be produced per unit of land – meaning less area is needed for agriculture and more land can be ‘spared’ for natural habitats. While this may sound […]

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