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Mexico’s First Wood Fiberboard Plant Highlights Controversy Over UN FAO Definition of Forests

Drawing on local eucalyptus plantation it owns, Proteak Uno’s new medium density fiber board plant highlights the ongoing controversy revolving around industrial forestry and its contributions to achieving key national and international environmental, climate change and sustainable development goals.

FAO Completes World’s First Global Assessment of Drylands Forests

Using free online GIS and open source software, more than 200 FAO researchers completed the groundbreaking study in less than a year.

Non-Wood Forest Wealth 2.7 Times Greater than Previously Estimated

A team of researchers from the World Bank, Resources for the Future, Applied Geosolutions and others have released three working papers that set out wealth valuation methodologies spanning all the commercial wood, non-wood and ecosystems services forests provide and incorporated them in a global sustainable forest management database.

Better policy and monitoring is key to managing global deforestation

Managing Deforestation Through Policy and Monitoring

When combined with the right policies, new monitoring capabilities may significantly enhance our capacity to manage forests. As an homage to the International Day of Forests on March 21, here is a review of forest management policy recommendations and new global monitoring solutions. After a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 2012, the International Day of Forests was observed for…

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Video Friday: The Nature Conservancy – Investing in Forests and Fish in Michigan’s Northern Forests

A collaborative effort between the timber industry, scientists and forest ecologists to help restore and maintain Michigan’s northern forest, a vital ecosystem for the region and the world. This Nature Conservancy video highlights the costs and benefits of forest conservation. Featured image credit: jimflix, courtesy flickr

Forests provide ecosystem services vital to all life

The Vital Role of Forests: Carbon, Rain and Food

We are coming to a better understanding of the vital role that forests play in the general health of planetary ecosystems.  However, alongside our burgeoning awareness, we are also destroying forests in our quest for more land and lumber. Deforestation is eliminating the Earth’s forests on a massive scale. Each day at least 80,000 acres (32,300 ha) of forest disappear…

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Forests devastated by pine beetle infestation may not release the huge flux of carbon as once feared

Forest Carbon Release from Pine Beetle Infestation Not as Severe as Expected

As large swaths of western forests in North America succumb to pine beetle infestation, due in part to warming winters, preliminary studies show that the dead, decaying trees are not releasing the huge flux of CO2 previously feared by scientists. According to a study just released in the journal Ecology Letters, despite the billions of trees killed in the pine beetle infestation…

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