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Aaron Labaree

30 November 2021

United States

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The U.S. Forest Service and the state of California's Cal Fire pour billions of dollars into waging all-out war on massive wildfires. Huge camps for firefighters, heavy equipment, and elaborate airborne resources make...

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Kimberly Mas

22 September 2021

United States

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Prescribed burning or controlled burning is an ancestral indigenous practice in which specific sections of a forest are burned. Controlled burning also happens naturally like when lightning strikes a forest. Controlle...

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Katherine Latham

8 September 2021

United Kingdom

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Ancient trees like the Big Belly Oak, which grows to be hundreds of years old, provide substance to thousands of invertebrate species, and hundreds of species of lichen and fungi. However, due to changes in forest man...

The Narwhal

Stephanie Wood

28 August 2021

British Columbia, Canada

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Tofino, a popular tourist destination in Clayoquot Sound, a region on the west coast of Vancouver Island, attracts about 600,000 annual visitors. The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and other Nuu-chah-nulth nations have cr...

The Narwhal

Stephanie Wood

14 August 2021

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

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The Cheakamus forest, which spans 33,000 hectares, is a community run forest, managed by the two First Nations and the city of Whistler, in British Colombia, Canada. By not logging massive amounts of wood, the forest ...

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Stefan Labbé

7 August 2021

Australia

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A review of 120 years of data found that traditional indigenous fire burning practices, which are low-intensity and controlled, lead to an increase in biodiversity. The practice has been done for years in indigenous...

The New York Times

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Elie Khadra

29 July 2021

Sonoma, California, United States

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Prescribed burns are an ancient method of preventing more destructive, out-of-control wildfires. They fell into disuse for decades, worsening today's wildfire risks. California and federal forestry officials want to "...

The Washington Post

Amanda Monthei

Zoeann Murphy

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Dylan Moriarty

29 July 2021

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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Regular burns of forests in the American West historically occurred naturally or as a forest management tactic by Indigenous people, but suppressing all fires has been the predominant policy for well over a century. A...

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Katarina Zimmer

22 July 2021

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Mangrove forests are known to be excellent storers of carbon and hosts of biodiversity, but they are also able to protect communities on coastlines from storm surge. However, many of the projects to restore these fore...

The Economist

The Economist

3 July 2021

Japan

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The Miyawaki method of planting miniature natural forests in cities as a way to reduce air pollution and cool down temperatures is gaining ground throughout the world. The process involves planting a variety of trees ...

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Danielle Venton

12 May 2021

Rock Haven, California, United States

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After years of debate and education, the residents of the tiny community of Rock Haven, in the Sierra National Forest, found the will and the money to "treat" the forest around their homes: removing dead trees and bru...

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Nick Holland

4 May 2021

Papua New Guinea

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After remote Indigenous communities in Papau New Guinea set aside some of their land as conservation areas, they wanted to know if it was working. With the help from scientists and The Nature Conservancy, they were ab...

Atlas Obscura

Agostino Petroni

29 April 2021

Gagliano del Capo, Puglia, Italy

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An imported strain of bacteria is threatening to destroy olive trees in Italy that produce about 12 percent of the world’s olive oil. An agronomist is working with other scientists to graft trees — taking a different ...

MIT Technology Review

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James Temple

29 April 2021

California, United States

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A decade after California established its forest offset program as a way to incentivize saving trees to store carbon, a new analysis shows that it might not be working. Loopholes in the program allow for people to cla...

BBC

Kagondu David Njagi

27 April 2021

Gazi, Kenya

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A blue carbon credit scheme in Kenya is not only restoring mangrove forests, but it’s also reducing environmental crimes and providing a way for residents to make money. The Mikoko Pamoja carbon project is a partnersh...

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Kagondu David Njagi

15 April 2021

Kwale, Kenya

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As a way to combat unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent further deforestation in Kenya, local rangers are using smartphones, satellite feeds, and global mapping to monitor their forests. The projec...

The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof

10 April 2021

John Day, Oregon, United States

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Loggers and environmentalists aren’t always known for getting along, but the collaboration between these two groups in Oregon may have saved a town from going under. By creating a dialogue together and working to unde...

Tygodnik Powszechny

Krzysztof Story

8 April 2021

Poland

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Scientists, NGOs, conservationists, and the government worked together to bring the Polish wolf back from the brink of extinction. Methods like GPS tracking and genetic sampling have helped politicians made decisions ...

The Guardian

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

5 April 2021

Seychelles

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A public-private scheme between the Seychelles Islands Foundation and a government agency is allowing residents to plant seeds of the coco de mer, or sea coconut, as a way to save the endangered tree species. So far, ...

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Kanchan Srivastava

5 April 2021

Chintalkunta, Telangana, India

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A teenager in India came up with a solution to combat the plastic waste crisis that usually comes with planting trees. Srija created a biodegradable pot made out of groundnut shells that decomposes in the soil after 2...

The Walrus

Moira Donovan

16 March 2021

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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An insect that makes its home on eastern hemlocks in Nova Scotia has the power to wipe out the tree species if left unchecked. Scientists are looking to a strategy called biological control — a historically controvers...

The Philippine Star

Gaea Katreena Cabico

9 March 2021

Baras, Rizal, Philippines

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The government of the Philippines is working with the Masungi Georeserve Foundation to restore wildlife and forests in a 2,700 hectares area of degraded land. They use a technique that focuses on the nurturing of nati...

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Teresa Carey

7 March 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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As a way to combat climate change, scientists are experimenting with genetically modified trees as a way to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to store in its leaves, roots, and trunk. The startup Living Carbon...

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Jay Price

2 March 2021

Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States

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A unique partnership between the U.S. military, conservation groups, private landowners, and state and local governments has allowed the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker to grow in numbers. By working together, they...

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