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A Real-Life Enchanted Forest - The New York Times

A Real-Life Enchanted Forest - The New York Times | Tree News | Scoop.it
Finding echoes of Japan’s ancient past, and of the woodlands of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece “Princess Mononoke,” deep among the trees of Yakushima island.
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Living in a greener neighbourhood could lower risk of early death: study

Living in a greener neighbourhood could lower risk of early death: study | Tree News | Scoop.it
Trees stretching their canopies over city streets and grass tickling the sidewalk near your home are more than just pretty, they could actually be helping you live longer, a new study suggests.
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Want Kids to Care About Conservation? Take Them Rafting

Want Kids to Care About Conservation? Take Them Rafting | Tree News | Scoop.it
Bobby Kennedy Jr. has spent a lifetime protecting rivers, an ethos born in childhood expeditions.
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$600K EPA grant to stop invasive species killing Eastern Hemlock trees

$600K EPA grant to stop invasive species killing Eastern Hemlock trees | Tree News | Scoop.it
The grant will be used to assemble a team to survey and record infestations of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) throughout Lake Michigan's coastal zone.
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Why our kids need forests for true learning

Why our kids need forests for true learning | Tree News | Scoop.it
What if there were a better way to do early childhood education?
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Soil Aeration Info – Why Does Soil Need To Be Aerated

Soil Aeration Info – Why Does Soil Need To Be Aerated | Tree News | Scoop.it
When plants are stunted, grow irregularly or wilt, we question the irrigation, light and feeding. However, sometimes the questions we need to ask are: Is it receiving enough oxygen? Should I aerate the soil? Learn more about soil aeration in the garden here.
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A&M Forest Service loaning fire truck to hurricane-damaged fire department

A&M Forest Service loaning fire truck to hurricane-damaged fire department | Tree News | Scoop.it
Hurricane-damaged Port Aransas Fire Department to receive fire truck on emergency loan from Texas A&M Forest Service.
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Carbon Offsets Really Do Help Lower Emissions

Carbon Offsets Really Do Help Lower Emissions | Tree News | Scoop.it
 In California, offsets from forests totaled 4.7 million metric tons of carbon in 2015
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The Boomtown That Shouldn’t Exist

The Boomtown That Shouldn’t Exist | Tree News | Scoop.it
Cape Coral, Florida, was built on total lies. One big storm could wipe it off the map. Oh, and it’s also the fastest-growing city in the United States.
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Quebec’s Solifor acquires Maine forest for $36 million

Quebec’s Solifor acquires Maine forest for $36 million | Tree News | Scoop.it

To further secure the supply of quality fibre for Québec sawmills and processors, Solifor is continuing its expansion outside Quebec with the acquisition of Ste-Aurelie Timberlands, a 24,910-hectare forest property in Maine. The $36-million deal is Solifor’s second outside Quebec, bringing its out-of-province investments to $65 million.

 

Located at the border of Maine and Québec, this property, subject to forest management, is characterized by a mixed forest cover (coniferous and hardwood) and is in full development. The territory’s main customers and users are Québec companies, including Maibec and Groupe Lebel. With transportation being an important cost for Québec sawmills, this transaction will contribute to a better bottom line, according to a Solifor statement. 

 

An initiative of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Solifor has invested $200 million to date to acquire 153,000 hectares of forest land in Québec, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Lotbinière, Charlevoix, Saguenay, Portneuf, Mauricie and Abitibi regions, as well as Maine.

“Solifor is planning other acquisitions to further secure the fibre supply for Québec companies, making it a partner of choice for the Québec forestry industry,” says Raynald Arial, president, Solifor.


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Note the $36 million is Canadian dollars.

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Carbon Offsets Really Do Help Lower Emissions

Carbon Offsets Really Do Help Lower Emissions | Tree News | Scoop.it

A new study examining the efficacy of paying to preserve forests finds that carbon offsets do produce genuine emissions reductions.

 

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment by three Stanford University researchers, examines California's carbon offset program. It allows businesses to fund forest preservation in lieu of turning in some of their allowances under the state's cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases.

 

The market currently lets businesses use offsets for up to 8 percent of their total emissions under the cap, although that percentage is set to decrease after 2020 under the cap-and-trade extension bill, A.B. 398, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last month.

 

In California's program, offsets from forests totaled 1 percent of emissions under the cap in 2015, or roughly 4.7 million metric tons of carbon, according to the study. The credits were distributed among 39 forestry projects, 16 of them within California.

 

The study evaluates the “additionality” of the projects: whether their emissions reductions would have occurred without the financial incentives provided by the sale of offset credits.

It points out that most projects are owned by profit-seeking entities, rather than conservation-minded nonprofits that might be expected to have preserved the forests anyway. Nonprofits own 26 percent of forestry projects, while timber companies own 36 percent, investment firms 15 percent, individuals 13 percent and Native American tribes 10 percent.

 

The study says 64 percent of projects are on land that is or has been actively logged just prior to the project's start date, indicating that the projects would indeed not have happened without the financial incentive of offsets.


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Where to see spectacular autumn colours around the world: our readers’ tips

Where to see spectacular autumn colours around the world: our readers’ tips | Tree News | Scoop.it
It’s the season for mother nature to dazzle us with golds, reds, yellows and oranges … Our readers recommend the most vibrant autumnal displays in Europe, North America and Japan

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Southern California's Famous Palm Trees Are Dying • Alliance for Community Trees News

Southern California's Famous Palm Trees Are Dying • Alliance for Community Trees News | Tree News | Scoop.it

“L.A.’s palm trees are dying and it’s changing the city’s famous skyline,” Los Angeles Times;

 
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With ecotherapy, a prescription for anxiety includes 5 trips to the park

With ecotherapy, a prescription for anxiety includes 5 trips to the park | Tree News | Scoop.it
Doctors are now prescribing prescriptions to the park to help patients cope with anxiety and depression among other common illnesses.
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Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them?

Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them? | Tree News | Scoop.it
The country lost most of its trees long ago. Despite years of replanting, it isn’t making much progress.
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SMA 2018 Urban Tree of the Year is…

SMA 2018 Urban Tree of the Year is… | Tree News | Scoop.it
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After the Storm, Who Takes Care of the Trees? | USDA

After the Storm, Who Takes Care of the Trees? | USDA | Tree News | Scoop.it
Thousands of federal, state, and private agencies have been deployed to areas that were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate. These first responders are there to help the people in the storm’s path. However, there is another group of responders that go into storm-ravaged towns to aid the trees: the Urban Forest Strike Teams (UFST).
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Video: How to Become a Public Lands Activist

Video: How to Become a Public Lands Activist | Tree News | Scoop.it
From Your Forests Your Future and More Than Just Parks, this animated video illustrates what national forests are and how you can get involved in protecting them. This project is designed to encourage all of us to participate in the management of our public lands.
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Timber harvests and forestry: Management projects spell out sustainability, success of future forests

Timber harvests and forestry: Management projects spell out sustainability, success of future forests | Tree News | Scoop.it
There’s a science behind the long-term health and sustainability of the 2.2 millions acres of Pennsylvania state forest.
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Video: The Small Army Collecting Trash on Our Iconic Trails

Video: The Small Army Collecting Trash on Our Iconic Trails | Tree News | Scoop.it
Outdoor company Granite Gear has started sponsoring thru-hikers to pick up trash and spread the pack-it-out gospel. This video shares the story of one of their grunts, Reptar, as he collects trash from the PCT.
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Outbreak of killer fungus threatens trees in Brooklyn

Outbreak of killer fungus threatens trees in Brooklyn | Tree News | Scoop.it
A tree may not be growing in Brooklyn.
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Denver Initiative Targets Urban Forest And More • Alliance for Community Trees News

Denver Initiative Targets Urban Forest And More • Alliance for Community Trees News | Tree News | Scoop.it
Source: Joella Baumann, “20-year blueprint for Denver parks envisions 5-mile path around downtown, other changes,” The Denver Post Denver, CO (October 3, 2017) – A multimillion-dollar initiative looks to expand Denver’s urban forest, and improve the safety and security of outdoor spaces. Denver officials have mapped out a 20-year blueprint for improvements to the city’s park and recreational spaces, including a central plaza and a 5-mile-plus path encircling downtown to better connect nine downtown neighborhoods. “In a city nearing 700,000 people, it’s never been more important to protect, preserve and grow our parks and recreational opportunities,” Mayor Michael Hancock said at Civic Center park during an announcement of the plan. “Our downtown is more than just a series of buildings, streets and lights — it’s where we come together to enjoy culture, have fun, gather as a community, express ourselves as a city and create memories. And today, we’re bringing a renewed focus to our downtown parks and public spaces.” The ideas are among several that comprise what the city calls the Outdoor Downtown Plan, a multimillion-dollar initiative that broadly looks to expand the city’s urban forest and improve the safety and security of outdoor spaces. Another of those is …
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Specialized Bikes Organizing Donations for California Fire Victims

Specialized Bikes Organizing Donations for California Fire Victims | Tree News | Scoop.it
Bike brand steps up to aid recovery to devastated area.
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If You See A Bent Tree Like This In The Woods, It Has A Meaning Very Few People Know About

If You See A Bent Tree Like This In The Woods, It Has A Meaning Very Few People Know About | Tree News | Scoop.it
 

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Outbreak of killer fungus mows down trees in Brooklyn

Outbreak of killer fungus mows down trees in Brooklyn | Tree News | Scoop.it
A tree may not be growing in Brooklyn.

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