Category: Forest Conservation

Forest Lands Becoming Available: Logging or Development? 3

Forest Lands Becoming Available: Logging or Development?

Numerous important forest land holdings are becoming available for purchase in the United States as logging companies realize these forests are more valuable for other purposes other than logging. The big question is whether land trusts and government...

The Truth About Salvage Logging 1

The Truth About Salvage Logging

The Bush Administration continues its disregard for peer reviewed science which has irrefutably found that salvage logging of forests post fire is ecologically damaging – hindering natural regeneration while increasing the risk of additional fires. An ecological crime...

Philippine Mudslide Is Ecosystem Collapse 2

Philippine Mudslide Is Ecosystem Collapse

All around us are indications of regional ecosystem collapse that together threaten humanity with global ecosystem collapse. The recent Philippine mudslide can be directly traced to deforestation, climate change and overpopulation. To say otherwise is to deny reality...

Bush to Double Timber Harvests 2

Bush to Double Timber Harvests

Rev up the chain saws, the Toxic Texan has renewed his war upon America's forests. A White House budget proposal released this week recommends more than doubling the annual timber harvested on public lands in Oregon, Washington and...

The Myth of Selective Logging: Carbon and Regeneration 2

The Myth of Selective Logging: Carbon and Regeneration

The American Scientist presents a good review of the science behind the environmental assessment of selective logging in ancient forests. Many important scientific and policy points are made which fly in the face of industry and mainstream environmental...

The Great Canadian Temperate Rainforest Sell-Out 14

The Great Canadian Temperate Rainforest Sell-Out

With the aid of greenwashing by the large mainstream and even “radical” environmental groups, 2/3 of Canada's ancient temperate rainforests are to be heavily industrially logged in return for vague protections in 1/3 of this planetary ecosystem treasure...

Scottish Forest Landscape Restoration a Reality 0

Scottish Forest Landscape Restoration a Reality

An important component of policy to achieve global ecological sustainability will be restoring terrestrial ecosystems. Restoration ecology goes beyond plantation reforestation, seeking to reconstruct native communities of trees – indeed constructing a new forest modeled on what occurred...

Plants Found to Release Methane 2

Plants Found to Release Methane

What to make of the recent scientific discovery that plants are a major source of methane – a particularly potent greenhouse gas? It is very important that these findings not be misconstrued to suggest that natural vegetation including...

Salvage Logging Hinders Regeneration, Increases Fire Risk, Causes Climate Change 0

Salvage Logging Hinders Regeneration, Increases Fire Risk, Causes Climate Change

I have written at length regarding how forest fires are often a natural part of forest ecology – resetting the system and providing for ecosystem renewal. And new scientific evidence establishes that logging following forest fires further damages...

Evolution Prevails Over “Intelligent Design” 0

Evolution Prevails Over “Intelligent Design”

Rational, logical Darwinian science has won out over superstitious, antiquated creationism. And in a further repudiation of “unintelligent” design, Science magazine has named recent advances in the study of Evolution the science story of the year. ?Intelligent Design'...

Deforestation Contributed to Land Slides and Deaths in Pakistan Quake Zone 0

Deforestation Contributed to Land Slides and Deaths in Pakistan Quake Zone

Environmentalists are frequently disparaged for blaming supposedly “natural disasters” as being attributed to environmental decline. In the past year I have highligted the role of coastal development and ecosystem loss as a cause for damaged done by the...

Keeping Biofuels Free from Rainforest Destruction 6

Keeping Biofuels Free from Rainforest Destruction

The issue of biofuels being made from oil palm and soya which are destructive to rainforest ecosystems is taking on a high profile in the conservation community. This issue was first raised by Forests.org and our international network...

Ill-conceived Forest Planting Could Worsen Global Warming 0

Ill-conceived Forest Planting Could Worsen Global Warming

The interplay between forests and the atmosphere is complex and largely unknown. The conventional wisdom is that planting trees is a laudable response to climate change, but it is not so simple. A new study indicates trees planted...

World Bank Threatens Congo’s Rainforests 0

World Bank Threatens Congo’s Rainforests

The World Bank is moving forward with a plan to open up the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) mighty rainforests — the world's second largest — for massive industrial felling of timber. Forests are being zoned into areas...

How to Tame the Logging Beast 3

How to Tame the Logging Beast

Glen Barry: How to tame the logging beast Source: Copyright 2005, Independent Date: November 28, 2005 The enchanting cry of the bird of paradise, a refreshing swim in a cool swollen river, dozens of exotic and tasty foodstuffs...

Canada’s Boreal Forest Wilderness Highly Valuable 0

Canada’s Boreal Forest Wilderness Highly Valuable

The world's remaining large ancient forests are priceless – providing the ecosystem services, habitat, evolutionary potential and spiritual awe upon which all life depends. Sadly some people can only appreciate this tapestry of life if expressed in economic...

World Forest Loss Alarming as Deforestation Remains at High Rate 3

World Forest Loss Alarming as Deforestation Remains at High Rate

Today the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Global Forest Resources Assessment was released, finding that some 13 million hectares of mostly natural forests are destroyed each year. FAO set the net loss of forest area between 2000-2005...

Africa’s Massive Illegal Rainforest Giveaway 1

Africa’s Massive Illegal Rainforest Giveaway

The world's second largest rainforest expanse found in the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatened by new illegal timber concession allocations. Nearly 150,000 square kilometers of forest (an area the size of England and Wales) have been allocated...

Conservation Refugees 2

Conservation Refugees

Here is an excellent article on the issue of indigenous peoples being removed from their lands in the name of conservation. As a conservation biologist I realize that indigeneous and local traditional livelihoods must be respected and maintained...

The End to Natural Forest Regeneration 0

The End to Natural Forest Regeneration

Many in the U.S. Congress continue to embrace the industry sponsored fraud that logging of forests is required to make them healthy. It is hard to imagine how forests survived for all those millenia pre-human industrial logging. The...

Gold’s Huge Cost to the Earth 0

Gold’s Huge Cost to the Earth

Think gold is glamerous and worldly? How about poisonous and deadly? It is unconscionable that a consumer item of no intrinsic value routinely leads to tons of land being pulverized and spewed with toxics to yield an ounce...