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The Restorative Power of Trees

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by

Green growing things heal us in surprising ways. Communities are trying to bring plant life to areas that lack it. In some of my earliest memories, I’m perched between two branches of a plum tree that grew in front of my house. To climb, I’d grip the lowest branches and stretch my foot […]

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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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Planting a mix of tree species ‘could double’ forest carbon storage

Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2018 by

Forests containing several tree species could store twice as much carbon as the average monoculture plantation, research finds. A study looking at the carbon storage of forests in southern China finds that each additional tree species introduced to a plantation […]

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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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