Tag: Forests

Rudolph Versus Bambi: A Conservation Dilemma

For your holiday reading: Rudolph versus Bambi? 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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Birders: Report Forest Pests During the Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count is one of the world’s largest birding events and citizen science efforts. This year, expand your impact by also noting forest pests. Our blogger gets you started.

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Checkerboard: Putting Western Forest Pieces Back Together

The Conservancy’s recent acquisition of 165,000 acres of private “checkerboard” forests in Washington and Montana has been heralded for improving recreational access. But it also has profound implications for improving forest management and wildlife connectivity.

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A Fully Loaded, Double-Barreled Forest Climate Solution

A recent New York Times op-ed by Nadine Unger claimed planting trees would actually accelerate climate change. Here’s why she’s wrong–and why forest conservation is critical to any climate solution.

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Peter Kareiva on Why the Ozone-Reforestation Study is Important

The Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist says new research from the TNC-The Dow Chemical Company collaboration shows nature can be a cost-competitive alternative — and bring bonus benefits.

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Reforestation for Ozone Removal: An Attractive Option

Restoring forests, nature’s air cleaners, to remove smog-causing ozone and its precursors could cost less than high-tech approaches in some cases.

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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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