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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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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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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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