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Friday, December 19, 2014
Antonio Stradivari, the master violin maker whose instruments sell for millions of dollars today, has been dead for nearly three centuries. Only 650 of his instruments are estimated to survive. But the forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork of modern instrument...
Friday, November 28, 2014
The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher was first observed 15 years ago. But a team of researchers have only recently been able to collect and analyze the bird's DNA, confirming the species' genetic distinctiveness. In a new paper, researchers from Michigan State University, Princeton University and the Indonesian Institute of...
Friday, October 10, 2014
According to some Chinese officials, the prevalence of wood-framed homes helped keep the death toll low from Tuesday's magnitude 6.6 quake in Jinggu County. Huang Fugang, director of the provincial seismological administration, said that homes in the thickly forested area are generally built with wood, and that such...
Friday, September 19, 2014
In collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and The University of Vermont, Spatial Analysis Laboratory, Toronto Urban Forestry has taken advantage of sophisticated modeling and remote sensing tools to paint a more detailed picture of Toronto's urban forest. The resulting study, Every Tree Counts: A Portrait of Toronto's...
Friday, September 5, 2014
Wild boars roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption.   They radioactive boars are...
Friday, August 29, 2014
Beijing will plant 66.7 square kilometers of forest in 2015, in a step to guarantee the capital city's water security and improve local eco-systems. The forests will cover areas along Beijing's Miyun Reservoir, the city's major source of drinking water, and the upper reaches of Guanting Reservoir on the Beijing-Hebei...
Friday, July 18, 2014
Between 2010 and 2012, forest cover in India increased by 2,266 square miles according to the State of the Forest Report 2013 released this month. The UK's Guardian newspaper paints a less rosy picture, however, citing India may be losing quality of its forests. Read the full article and decide for yourself > >  
Friday, June 27, 2014
NASF President and Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch was in Rome this week to participate in the Committee on Forestry, referred to as COFO 22.   The biennial sessions of COFO bring together heads of international forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Aloha! Hawaii will host the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. The 2016 meeting--considered by some to be the world’s largest conservation event--will be the first hosted by the United States in the over-60 year history of the IUCN. Held from September 1 to 10, 2016, the...
Friday, May 23, 2014
According to a study released last week by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, a new international standard for wood packaging material used in international trade is slowing the inadvertent export of stowaway invasive bark-and-wood-boring insects by as much as 52%.  The International Phytosanitary...

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