Biden Plans to Restore Protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska

The administration says it will “repeal or replace” the rule that opened up more than half of Tongass National Forest to logging.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #dunleavy-mike-j, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #murkowski-lisa, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

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When Living in California Means Fearing the Outdoors

When air quality gets bad from wildfires, people are left clinging to their air purifiers.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #goats, #los-angeles-calif, #paradise-calif, #population, #rain, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #weather, #wildfires

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Brazil’s Bid to Outsource Amazon Conservation Finds Few Takers

Brazil is seeking to share the cost and burden of protecting the rain forest with the private sector. But it has found few firms willing to help.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #carrefour-sa, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #politics-and-government, #public-private-sector-cooperation

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Blazes That Refuse to Die: ‘Zombie Fires’

With a changing climate, fires in far northern forests that smolder throughout winter and erupt again in spring could become more common, a new study suggests.

#forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #nature-journal, #wildfires

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The Meaning and History of a Controlled Burn

Wednesday: A small prescribed burn in Modoc County provided lessons on using good fires to fight bad ones.

#california, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #national-park-service, #wildfires

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What to Save? Climate Change Forces Brutal Choices at National Parks.

For decades, the core mission of the Park Service was absolute conservation. Now ecologists are being forced to do triage, deciding what to safeguard — and what to let slip away.

#acadia-national-park-me, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #wildfires

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Grand Canyon Bison Hunt Draws 45,000 Applicants to Kill 12 Animals

National Park Service officials want to reduce the size of a herd that they say has damaged vegetation, archaeological sites and the water supply.

#arizona, #bison, #forests-and-forestry, #grand-canyon-national-park, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #north-america

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The Woman Who Looked at a Forest and Saw a Community

In “Finding the Mother Tree,” Suzanne Simard recounts her life’s work of understanding trees as part of an interconnected system.

#books-and-literature, #finding-the-mother-tree-uncovering-the-wisdom-and-intelligence-of-the-forest-book, #forests-and-forestry, #simard-suzanne, #trees-and-shrubs

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‘Firefighters Out There in the Snow’: Wildfires Rage Early in Parched West

Firefighters in New Mexico, Arizona and California are battling springtime blazes that have been fueled by a severe drought and boosted by climate change.

#arizona, #california, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #hualapai-mountains-ariz, #los-angeles-county-calif, #new-mexico, #southwestern-states-us, #wildfires

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Why Wildfires Are Raging Early in the West Due to Drought and Climate Change

Firefighters in New Mexico, Arizona and California are battling springtime blazes that have been fueled by a severe drought and boosted by climate change.

#arizona, #california, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #hualapai-mountains-ariz, #los-angeles-county-calif, #new-mexico, #southwestern-states-us, #wildfires

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Vaccine Fan Fiction, Boom Time for America’s Forests and Political Apathy in N.Y.C.: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

#ambulances, #elections-mayors, #forests-and-forestry, #moskin-julia, #rural-areas, #sexual-harassment, #vaccination-and-immunization, #watkins-allison-ali, #wetzel-blaine-chef, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Sweden, Dressed in Summer

We’ve shown you Sweden in snow. Now see it in bloom.

#forests-and-forestry, #photography, #sweden, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas

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What Doomed the Great City of Cahokia? Not Ecological Hubris, Study Says.

Excavations at the city, famous for its pre-Columbian mounds, challenge the idea that residents destroyed the city through wood clearing.

#agriculture-and-farming, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #cahokia-mounds-state-historic-site-ill, #forests-and-forestry, #geoarcheology-journal, #native-americans, #north-america, #research, #st-louis-mo, #sustainable-living, #your-feed-science

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There’s a Booming Business in America’s Forests. Some Aren’t Happy About It.

The fuel pellet industry is thriving. Supporters see it as a climate-friendly source of rural jobs. For others, it’s a polluter and destroyer of nature.

#bioenergy-and-biofuels, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #north-carolina, #wood-and-wood-products

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Hiker Rescued After Man Uses Photo to Pinpoint His Location

Rene Compean, who had been missing in the mountains of Southern California, was found on Tuesday after a stranger deduced his location from a photo posted by the authorities.

#angeles-national-forest-calif, #forests-and-forestry, #hikes-and-hiking, #los-angeles-county-sheriffs-department, #missing-persons, #photography, #rescues, #social-media

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They Overcame Mutual Loathing, and Saved a Town

Environmentalists and loggers thought they had nothing in common, until they started talking.

#environment, #forests-and-forestry, #labor-and-jobs, #logging-industry, #oregon, #wood-and-wood-products

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How to Create an At-Home Forest Bathing Ritual

With a little know-how, aspects of shinrin-yoku, the calming Japanese practice of spending time among trees, can be approximated indoors.

#cosmetics-and-toiletries, #forests-and-forestry, #japan, #perfumes-and-fragrances

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Tropical Forest Destruction Accelerated in 2020

There were bright spots, but the total lost acreage increased by 12 percent over all from the year before, according to new research.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-jungle, #biodiversity, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indonesia, #logging-industry, #pantanal-brazil, #rural-areas, #wildfires, #world-resources-institute

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The Making of a ‘European Yellowstone’

A major conservation effort is underway in Romania. The goal is a new national park that will rival its American counterparts.

#bears, #forests-and-forestry, #hunting-and-trapping, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #wolves

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Get Outside and Safely Visit a National Park

Now is the time to start looking ahead, to spring and summer excursions in the great outdoors.

#camps-and-camping, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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For Shielding Endangered Neighbors, Pandas Make Flimsy Umbrellas

A new study challenges a common hypothesis about how protecting charismatic species also conserves animals that are less well known.

#china, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #pandas, #research, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-science

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When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood’

Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.

#environment, #food-banks-and-pantries, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #maine, #new-england-states-us, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service, #weather, #winter-season, #wood-and-wood-products

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Invasive Insects and Diseases Are Killing Our Forests

America wasn’t ready for the pandemic. And it isn’t ready for the next contagion to strike our woodlands.

#agriculture-department, #epidemics, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #insects, #international-trade-and-world-market, #invasive-species, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states

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Former U.S. Climate Leaders Press Biden on Amazon Deforestation

Former environmental officials from both parties are pressing President Biden to counter deforestation in the Amazon, especially in Brazil.

#amazon-jungle, #babbitt-bruce, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Opens Habitat of a Threatened Owl to Timber Harvesting

Going far beyond expectations, the Trump administration eliminated protection from more than three million acres of northern spotted owl habitat in the Pacific Northwest.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #owls, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Long, Lonesome Look at America

Alone on a 10,000-mile road trip across the United States, a Times journalist found an America cloaked in solitude — and a country on edge.

#arkansas, #california, #colorado, #conservation-of-resources, #forests-and-forestry, #montana, #oregon, #ozark-mountains, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #states-us, #wildfires

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Revisiting the Unseen Corners of the World

During a year with limited travel possibilities, our World Through a Lens series offered Times readers a weekly escape. Here are some of the highlights.

#ecuador, #forests-and-forestry, #georgia, #great-britain, #islands, #karbala-iraq, #maine, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #nuns, #photography, #quebec-province-canada, #road-trips, #rural-areas, #safaris, #sea-lions, #travel-and-vacations

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A Year of Watching Earthly Beauty Burn

From orbit, satellites send tragic evidence of climate change’s destructive power. This film covers 10 days, Sept. 7-16, 2020, a period of intense fires activity in North and South America.

#air-pollution, #amazon-jungle, #anxiety-and-stress, #australia, #brazil, #california, #canada, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #china, #colombia, #colorado-state-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #earth, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #european-union, #fires-and-firefighters, #floods, #forests-and-forestry, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-laura-2020, #international-space-station, #marshall-tex, #new-zealand, #north-america, #oregon, #pantanal-brazil, #politics-and-government, #sacramento-calif, #seasons-and-months, #stanford-university, #texas, #united-states, #washington-state, #weather, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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After Bars and Beaches, Gibbons Await a New Home in Thailand

The small apes were once widespread across much of Asia. But rampant deforestation and ruthless hunting of the acrobatic animal has greatly reduced its numbers and its habitat.

#animals, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #monkeys-and-apes, #thailand, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Biden Plans to Conserve 30 Percent of America’s Lands

That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?

#agriculture-department, #babbitt-bruce, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #united-states, #western-states-us, #wilderness-areas

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In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge

Climate change is shifting the habitats of endangered species and requiring conservation scientists to think outside traditional park boundaries.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #land-use-policies, #lemurs, #madagascar, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #vanilla, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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A 30-Mile Canoe Trip Through Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

The Honker Divide Canoe Route draws intrepid travelers through the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest. But the lifting of logging restrictions may indelibly alter its character.

#alaska, #canoes-and-canoeing, #forests-and-forestry, #geese, #islands, #juneau-alaska, #roads-and-traffic, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

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Wig-Looking Poisonous Caterpillars Can Inflict Pain, Officials Warn

Contact with a puss caterpillar can cause a painful reaction as well as a rash, fever, muscle cramps or swollen glands, experts caution.

#caterpillars, #forests-and-forestry, #insects, #pain, #puss-caterpillar, #virginia

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New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors.

Climate change is taking a toll on woodlands in the Northeast.

#berkshires-mass, #drought, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #land-use-policies, #massachusetts, #new-england-states-us, #wildfires

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Alarmed by Scope of Wildfires, Officials Turn to Native Americans for Help

Indigenous groups have a long history of intentionally setting fires to keep ecosystems healthy. Policymakers are now more interested in the practice.

#california, #forests-and-forestry, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #wildfires

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Amazon 4.0. How to Reinvent the Rainforest

It took tens of millions of years for tropical rainforests to evolve. It may take us just a few decades to destroy them, unless we change course.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #forests-and-forestry, #indigenous-people, #wildfires

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Trump Administration to Announce Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging

The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.

#alaska, #environment, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #logging-industry, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

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After Years of Political Gridlock, Oregon’s Fire Disaster Brings ‘New Reality’

Early this year, lawmakers considered legislation to thin forests, hire firefighters and increase building standards to prepare for wildfires. But a dispute over how to address climate change doomed the proposals.

#brown-kate-1960, #carbon-caps-and-emissions-trading-programs, #forests-and-forestry, #logging-industry, #oregon, #politics-and-government, #wildfires

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How Wildfire Became an Enemy Instead of an Ally

Starting with the Big Blowup of 1910, the U.S. Forest Service’s strategy mostly has been to put out fires as fast as possible. With climate change and shifting populations, we’re losing that war.

#environment, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #interior-department, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pinchot-gifford, #sunset-magazine, #wildfires

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As Concerns Over Climate Change Rise, More Developers Turn to Wood

With environmental benefits and lower labor costs, mass timber has grown into a market that could rival steel and concrete in the construction industry.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #forests-and-forestry, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wood-and-wood-products

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After Fire and Floods, Glimmers of Hope

Americans may be finding some common sense about building homes in vulnerable areas.

#building-construction, #coast-erosion, #disasters-and-emergencies, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #wildfires

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Flames That Won’t Die Out So Easily

Conspiracy theories about antifa arson are a symptom of a deeper unraveling, and a sign of danger ahead.

#antifa-movement-us, #arson, #conspiracy-theories, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us, #wildfires, #yamhill-ore

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Fires Scorch a Way of Life That Still Grows From the Trees

Oregon’s fate has always been intertwined with the forests that blanket the state. Now millions of trees are charred, and those who live from them face a future full of uncertainty.

#forests-and-forestry, #logging-industry, #oregon, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: Rain Could Offer Some Relief for Oregon and Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee expressed confidence that Washington State could contain its fires, and offered help to Oregon, but warned that the air was still at “historically polluted levels.”

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #washington-state, #weather, #wildfires

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Clean Air Was Once an Achievable Political Goal

The wildfires will force us to recognize the steep costs of incompetent, neglectful, uncaring government.

#air-pollution, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

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As Trump Again Rejects Science, Biden Calls Him a ‘Climate Arsonist’

The president visited California after weeks of silence on its wildfires and blamed the crisis only on poor forest management, not climate change. “I don’t think science knows” what is happening, he said.

#air-pollution, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #newsom-gavin, #presidential-election-of-2020, #suburbs, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

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Wildfire Smoke Over Vancouver Prompts Air Quality Concerns

Residents retreated indoors after smoke from wildfires in the U.S. descended on Vancouver and other communities in British Columbia.

#air-pollution, #british-columbia-canada, #environment-canada, #forests-and-forestry, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #vancouver-british-columbia, #victoria-british-columbia, #wildfires

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Wildfires Are Worsening. The Way We Manage Them Isn’t Keeping Pace.

The blazes scorching the West highlight the urgency of rethinking fire management policies, as climate change threatens to make things worse.

#building-construction, #california, #colorado, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Helicopters Rescue About 200 Trapped in California Wildfire

About 20 people were injured in the Creek Fire, which broke out Friday in the Sierra National Forest and consumed more than 35,000 acres.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #rescues, #weather, #wildfires

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How to Stop the Next Pandemic

It’s not just Covid-19. Pathogens once confined to nature are making their way into humans on a more regular basis. And it’s our fault.

#biodiversity, #china, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daszak-peter, #ecohealth-alliance, #epidemics, #forests-and-forestry, #land-use-policies, #lyme-disease, #nipah-virus, #quammen-david, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #walzer-christian, #wildlife-conservation-society, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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