Tag: Forests

Beavers Versus Old Growth: The Tough Reality of Conservation

If ecologically important but abundant native beavers threaten ecologically important but imperiled old growth hemlocks, what should conservationists do? Leave it to beaver? Or save the hemlocks?

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Logging Ash to Save Hemlocks

The preserve was established specifically to protect trees from logging. But what happens when waves of forest pests are going to kill trees anyway? What if logging one tree could help save another? What trees live and what trees die? Welcome to forest conservation decisions, 2014 edition.

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Can Integrated Pest Management Save the Eastern Hemlock?

Around the eastern US, hemlocks are dying. Fast. Can anything save them? Some hopeful answers emerge from a Pennsylvania forest preserve.

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Notes from the Deer Wars: Science & Values in the Eastern Forest

The science is clear: over-abundant white-tailed deer are having powerful and negative impacts on the eastern forest. The human values around this issue, though, are anything but clear. Are environmentalists — and tradition-bound deer hunters — willing to pull the trigger?

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Change Comes to the Eastern Forest: Five-Part Series Begins Today

Woodbourne Forest Preserve in north-central Pennsylvania was to remain pristine and free of human management. Free of human management, that is, unless there were extraordinary, unforeseen circumstances. Those extraordinary circumstances are here. Welcome to forest conservation in the Anthropocene.

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Can Floodplain Forest Restoration Reduce the Gulf’s Dead Zone?

Can restoring floodplain forests in Indiana make a difference in reducing the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone”? A new study shows a great return on investment in using natural habitat to reduce nitrogen pollution.

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Fading Forests: The High Cost of Invasive Pests

In the past 12 years, 28 new invasive pests have been introduced to North American forests, exacting high ecological and economic tolls. What’s going on? Can anything stop the spread? A new report, Fading Forests III, offers concrete recommendations.

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Island Biogeography Theory Misses Mark for Tropical Forest Remnants

Species losses due to habitat fragmentation may be less bleak than predicted under the island biogeography theory, says a study of bat biodiversity in Costa Rica and Panama.

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Juggling Chainsaws: Carbon, Biodiversity, and Livelihoods in the Logging Landscape

Smaller areas of high intensity wood production or larger areas of lower-impact logging? It’s not a simple question — and maybe not even the right one.

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The Cooler: Tweeting Sharks, Animal Cannibals, Farmbots & More

Also in our Friday best-of-the-web: a dolphin mega-pod, a trove of old snake venom, and one acid-loving coral reef.

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The Grouse in Winter

Self-made snow igloos, “reverse” migrations and big sagebrush. The unusual ways 3 grouse species survive and thrive in deep snow and frigid temperatures.

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Bear Nap by the Camera Trap

Does a bear sleep in the woods? Camera Trap Chronicles features a time-lapse video of a black bear’s ten hour nap underneath a camera trap.

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Rudolph Versus Bambi: A Conservation Story

Rudolph versus Bambi? No, it’s not the worst holiday special ever. It’s a real struggle between endangered woodland caribou and too-abundant white-tailed deer along the U.S./Canada border. “Bambi” is winning. Can conservationists do anything about it?

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A Lung Scan for the Planet: A New Global Forest Change Interactive Map

A map that inspires? The new interactive Global Forest Change Map provides an incredible look at our global forests. And it could change the way we conserve them.

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Camera Trap Chronicles: Wildlife of North Idaho’s Working Forests

Grizzly bears and moose and flying squirrels, oh my. Check out the critters captured via camera trap images on Conservancy projects in North Idaho.

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Forest Dilemmas

Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the Anthropocene. Beginning Monday, July 21, join us for a provocative 5-part series exploring the full complexity facing forest conservation in the eastern United States.

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