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Beneficial Terpenes in Forest Air Around the World

Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 by

Taking the day to wander the forests and glades in the surrounding countryside is always enjoyable, relaxing, and invigorating. Trees have always been a symbol of life and abundance in many cultures, but it is only recently that the therapeutic benefits of simply being in the company of trees have been clinically explored. Today, […]

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Think trees! Changing mindsets one step at a time

Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 by

Primary school children in Ndemiu, Makueni County, Kenya, help clear part of their school compound for seed-beds for tree seedlings. When two people started cleaning up a beach in Mumbai in 2016, they could never have imagined how their tiny spontaneous action would snowball. Not all environmental interventions are done by governments […]

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Think trees! Changing mindsets one step at a time

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 by

When two people started cleaning up a beach in Mumbai in 2016, they could never have imagined how their tiny spontaneous action would snowball. Not all environmental interventions are done by governments or large organizations. There’s a role for small, motivated groups to make a difference too. In Kenya, some 140 km southeast of Nairobi, […]

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Animals and fungi enhance the performance of forests

Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 by

Spiders and other animals are important for forest ecosystems. Credit: Jula Zimmermann A new study shows that, in addition to the diversity of tree species, the variety of animal and fungus species also has a decisive influence on the performance of forests. Forest performance comprises many facets besides timber production, such as […]

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Colombia pledges to produce deforestation-free chocolate

Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by

The government of Colombia has committed to ending deforestation in its cocoa supply chain by 2020. The National Cocoa Federation and one of the country’s largest chocolate producers, Casa Luker, have also joined Colombia in this commitment.On July 17, Colombia signed up to the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, an effort that works toward achieving deforestation-free […]

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Two Studies Reveal Amazing Resilience of Older Forests

Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018 by

Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but two recent studies revealed that old forests around the world are full of surprises. In Europe, scientists working to complete the first ever map of the continent’s old growth forests discovered there were more of them than previously […]

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‘A lost art’: Forest service worker brings traditional methods back to forest management

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 by

Bob Beckley, a traditional skills instructor with the Forest Service, inspects the base of a tree that is about to be cut down as part of a cross cut instruction class at a work site by the Lochsa River last week. Beckley has been an instructor with the Forest Service for 35 years, writing multiple […]

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‘Magical’ mushroom mix to boost regrowth of lost Scottish forests

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018 by

 Trees for Life have planted 1.5m native trees in Glenmoriston and nearby Glen Affric since being founded 30 years ago. Photograph: Desmond Dugan/RSPB/PA The return of the Great Caledonian forest that once covered much of Scotland’s highlands is being boosted with a special mix of mushroom spores that should help saplings survive better […]

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Vikings cleared the forests, now Iceland is bringing them back

Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by

Public Domain | What’s missing in this picture? Before the first settlers arrived, forests covered up to 40% of what is now barren Iceland. Reforestation has been challenging, but progress is being made. One of the iconic and ironic beauties of Iceland is the barren, otherworldly landscape. There are volcanoes and glaciers, all punctuated […]

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U.K. to kickstart ‘Northern Forest’ with 50M trees

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 by

The U.K.’s new tree-planting initiative targets an area spanning more than 120 miles. (Photo: Pete Birkinshaw/Flickr) Described as a “vast ribbon of woodland cover” by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, the United Kingdom has announced plans to plant more than 50 million trees across major swaths of northern England. Called the “Northern Forest,” the 120-mile-long […]

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