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State foresters to receive grants to restore forests on degraded mined land areas

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the USDA Forest Service – State and Private Forestry (USFS) partnered to create the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative, which will allocate $678,000 to State Foresters or their designated partners to restore forests on degraded mined land areas.  Sites will span Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  These six grants will provide a 1:1 match in additional funds and in

Woodland salamanders as quiet heroes of the forest

A new study suggests that woodland salamanders play a significant role in the global carbon cycle.  Tiny but abundant, on an average day, a salamander eats 20 ants of all sizes, two fly or beetle larvae, one adult beetle and half of an insect called the springtail. Their prey consists almost entirely of shredding invertebrate, bugs that spend their lives ripping leaves to little bits to eat them. 

Climate Action Reserve plans to promote urban forest protocol

The value of trees – which comes in terms of natural heating and cooling, particulate matter removal, carbon storage, mood-boosting, crime stopping, and more – isn’t always accounted for in public and private planning activities in cities as they budget to plant and maintain urban canopies.  The Climate Action Reserve (CAR)

Chemicals found in urban soils may contaminate gardens

Urban gardening can be a great way to gain access to fresh food and time outdoors, and our urban forests massively benefit our communities, but gardeners should be wary of potential toxic metals and chemicals in the soil.

Speedier forest production may be the next big thing

Shubhendu Sharma, a young industrial engineer who formerly worked for Toyota, was inspired by the production-line efficiency.  Inspired by the staggering statistic that we lose about 36 football-field’s worth of forest in any minute, he founded Afforestt with the idea that forests can be produced just as efficiently.

Could the benefits of urban trees extend to lighting up our streets?

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde hypothesizes that we can use the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark tress to replace street lights. After learning about biomimicry, a method of imitating models and systems found in nature to solve complex design issues, he began working with the State University of New York and Alexander Krichevsky who had unveiled genetically modified glow-in-the-dark plants earlier this year.

98.8% of studied North American trees to lose suitable habitat by 2050

Higher temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and longer growing seasons predicted for the future may require that some tree species move into new areas to adapt to these new conditions.  Those unable to adapt or move quickly enough may succumb to climate change:  researchers with the U.S.

Can “fingerprinting” trees stop illegal logging?

“Fingerprinting trees” may seem time-intensive and futuristic, but in an attempt to promote sustainable forestry in Indonesia, the largest producer of tropical timber, a project led by the University of Adelaide plans to do just that. By developing DNA markers for important timber species, certain trees will be able to be tracked from forest to final product.

Forest industry contributes $33 billion to economy and 178,000 jobs in four-state region

New research by the North East State Foresters Association and the Northern Forest center shows the importance of a forest-based economy: in the four-state region of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, forest-based economic activity accounts for over $33 billion annually as well as 178,000 jobs.

Invasive beetles are the “designers” of hip new wood products

Mountain pine beetles have destroyed millions of acres of forest in the Rocky Mountain West.  The marred wood left behind is difficult to clear, creating safety risks such as fire hazards.  However, designers in Colorado and Montana are finding new ways to use this excess pine.

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