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Chestnut Mountain: A Gift That Will Keep on Giving

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by

The new preserve connects a mosaic of 60,000 acres of protected public lands on the Cumberland Plateau. No one was expecting the 5,763-acre gift. But when the Bridgestone tire company donated its Chestnut Mountain forests to The Nature Conservancy—the largest gift in the history of our Tennessee chapter—it didn’t take long for the […]

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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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How trees, fungi, and bacteria team up against pollution

Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2018 by

Roots, fungi, and bacteria may team up to help some trees to clean polluted land, according to a new study. Fast-growing trees, such as willows, are known to tolerate and even rejuvenate soil contaminated with petroleum by-products or heavy metals. The clean-up of soil in this way is known as phytoremediation, a process is commonly […]

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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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This Indonesian man single – handedly saves his village from starvation

Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 by

Sadiman, a 67-year-old man from the Wonogiri regency of Central Java, Indonesia, has managed to turn his drought-prone village into a groundwater-rich region by leading a campaign to replant trees on a nearby hill for the past 21 years. Since 1996, Sadiman, a farmer in Dali hamlet, in the Wonogiri regency of Central Java, […]

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The latest cutting-edge technology changing our landscapes? Trees

Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 by

Most people round here think it’s pretty normal for the earth to just blow away,” says Lynn Briggs. “They seem to think it’s what happens and you just have to live with it. It’s even got a name – they call it fen blow.” But when Lynn and her husband Stephen moved on to their […]

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‘Breathtakingly audacious’ project aims to plant 73 million trees in Amazon

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by

  Photo: Bailey Evans/Conservation International An ambitious plan by Conservation International could mean an impressive 73 million new trees will be planted over the next six years in the Brazilian region of the Amazon. Organizers of the multimillion dollar project aim to have the trees planted by 2023. The restoration spans nearly 70,000 […]

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Turkey’s waste management program helps save 25 million trees each year

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by

The recycling of paper has been contributing to the economy and preventing the cutting down of almost 25 million trees annually. According to information gathered from Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, the capacity increase in waste management and recycling activities in Turkey have had a positive impact on welding efficiency. Recyclable waste; […]

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How crowded Barcelona plans to shoehorn in 108 acres of new parks

Posted on Thursday, June 1st, 2017 by

Park Guell in Barcelona is one of the city’s top tourist attractions, and offers a bit of perspective on how tightly packed this ancient-and-yet-totally-modern city really is. (Photo: Luciano Mortula – LGM/Shutterstock) There are few things more romantic than navigating the narrow streets of Barcelona: The layers of history, the ease of getting […]

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