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Urban forests, and their rural cousins, help cities mitigate climate change

Soruce: Treesource Can innovative wood products and humans’ innate need to interact with nature help cities across the country achieve their commitments under the Paris climate accord? More than 400 U.S. mayors and cities have signed the Paris Accords, but do they have a plan for how to accomplish the attendant goals? Forests in their […]

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Prescribed Fires

Source: U.S. Forest Service Prescribed fires create natural wildfire barriers by removing brush, shrubs, and small trees that fuel out-of-control wildfires. They also help fire-adapted plants and animals grow and thrive. Pacific Northwest Research Station scientists provide the data and tools needed to plan and manage prescribed fire. Learn more at https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/research/fire.  

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Sustainable Forestry and Selective Harvesting

Source: About.com Smart Loggers maintain sustainable forests by practicing selective logging. Timber, is a renewable resource, this fact makes forest timber products one of the greenest materials available. Why not go one step farther and harvest timber in such a way that is conducive to its replenishment? Does that mean planting a tree for every […]

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California governor pledges to double forest thinning, burning to reduce wildfire risk

Source: Treesource California Governor Jerry Brown vowed last week to step up efforts to make forests more resilient to drought and wildfire by allocating more dollars toward thinning projects and prescribed burns. Brown said he will carve out $96 million as part of his revised budget proposal, which was unveiled Friday. The money will come […]

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Senators intro bill to double forest restoration funding

Source: News Channel 21 WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of senators, led by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), announced the introduction Friday of legislation that would reauthorize and expand the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. According to a news release from Merkley’s office, “This critical program, which helps fund collaborative and community-based […]

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Old-Growth Is Great, But Here’s Why We Need New-Growth Forests, Too

Source: All About Birds by Scott Weidensaul If there’s been a central, unques­tioned tenet of bird conserva­tion in the past quarter-centu­ry, it’s been the absolute importance of large, intact tracts of mature woodland. As populations of species such as Wood Thrush, which evolved to nest deep in the interior of mature woodlands, have continued to fall […]

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Forest Thinning Can Prevent Fires, Save Water, Study Finds

Source: Courthouse News Service (CN) – Better forest management would not only prevent wildfires but could serve as a valuable water-conservation tool, according to a study published Tuesday. California could save billions of gallons annually by undertaking significant forest-thinning operations, according to scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation and the Sierra Critical Zone Observatory. […]

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Environmentalists plan logging to restore California’s redwood forests

Source: Mercury News Environmentalists who have fought loggers for generations have a surprising new strategy to save California’s storied old-growth redwood forests: Logging. Save the Redwoods League, a venerable San Francisco organization that has preserved more than 214,000 acres of redwood forest since it was founded in 1918, is embarking on a $5 million plan to […]

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50 Million Trees for our Forests

Source: National Forest Foundation In 2018, National Forest Foundation is launching a campaign to plant 50 million trees on our National Forests. Natural disasters such as wildfire, insects and disease outbreaks are jeopardizing the very things that make our forests so wonderful, the majestic trees that grow from Maine to California. That’s why the National […]

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Ten myths about forests and logging

Source: Daily Pressby, MSU Extension Forester, Bill Cook Working every year with hundreds of school kids and various public groups, several misconceptions, under-lying assumptions, or “myths” seem to bubble-up to the surface on a regular basis. How many of the following 10 have you harbored? 1. Trees provide the air we breathe. Most of the Earth’s “fresh” oxygen is […]

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