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Kauri in the High Court timberbiz - News - 4 weeks ago
The Northland Environmental Protection Society has argued in the New Zealand High Court and the Court of Appeal that it is unlawful to send swamp kauri overseas in the form of table tops and slabs. Source: Radio New Zealand Those courts have rejected the society’s arguments, saying the law as it stands allows it. But the society’s president, Fiona Furrell, is hoping the Supreme Court will see things differently. “I’m very pleased that we’ve got this far, but I don’t believe we should have had to...
The arrival and spread of emerald ash borer (EAB) across the western Great Lakes region has shifted considerable focus towards developing silvicultural strategies that minimize the impacts of this invasive insect on the structure and functioning of black ash (Fraxinus nigra) wetlands. Early experience with clearcutting in these forests highlighted the risks of losing ash to EAB from these ecosystems, with stands often retrogressing to marsh-like conditions with limited tree cover. Given these experiences...
Whole tree logging may not be so bad timberbiz - News - 1 month ago
“People think, ‘It’s bad enough to log, and now you are going to take away the branches that decay and then nurture the ecosystem?” Robert Froese, a forest scientist at Michigan Technological University said. “But we wondered, what really is the role of branches?” Source: Science Daily So, with funding from the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and Weyerhauser, Froese’s team decided to find out. What they discovered surprised them: when it comes to plant diversity, harvesting the whole...
The rapid and extensive expansion of emerald ash borer (EAB) in North America since 2002 may eliminate most existing ash stands, likely affecting critical ecosystem services associated with water and carbon cycling. To our knowledge, no studies have evaluated the coupled response of black ash (Fraxinus nigra Marsh.) wetland water tables, soil temperatures, and soil gas fluxes to an EAB infestation. Water table position, soil temperature, and soil CO2 and CH4 fluxes were monitored in nine depressional...
Event: IUCN World Conservation Congress IISD - News - 2 months ago
The 2020 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseille, France. The last Congress convened in 2016 in Hawai'i, US, and was attended by approximately 10,000 participants from 192 countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of outcomes from the 2016 Congress is  here .
By Max Behringer Wetlands are tremendously important ecosystems that occur throughout all climate zones. They are hotspots of biodiversity and home to highly adapted organism like mangrove trees and carnivorous plants. Wetlands include ecosystems like mangroves, peatlands, deltas, floodplains etc.. To maintain these ecosystems water flows need to be managed sustainable to avoid widespread ecosystem … Continue reading Water stress and human mobility a Wetlands international side event
Associate Project Planner   POSITION: Associate Project Planner                                                                                           DIVISION: Westervelt Ecological Services                                                LOCATION: Sacramento, CA   POSITION PROFILE: The Associate Project Planner will assist in the reconaissance, site acquisition, development, and compliance tracking of wetland and special-status species projects and mitigation banks.  The position will require...
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Forest industry associations are supporting penalties imposed in the District Court against Bay of Plenty forest owner Whitikau Holdings and two harvesting contractors. Source: Timberbiz The companies pleaded guilty to charges laid under the Resource Management Act for damaging two stream beds near Opotiki in a logging operation which began in 2015. Whitikau Holdings was fined NZ$57,000 and the logging companies NZ$4000 and NZ$3000 respectively. Forest Owners Association President Peter Weir is...
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is rapidly spreading throughout eastern North America and devastating ecosystems where ash is a component tree. This rapid and sustained loss of ash trees has already resulted in ecological impacts on both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and is projected to be even more severe as EAB invades black ash-dominated wetlands of the western Great Lakes region. Using two companion studies that are simulating short- and long-term EAB infestations and what is known from the...
The report titled ‘Smoke on Water: Countering Global Threats from Peatland Loss and Degradation’ summarizes contributions by 30 experts from 15 organizations analyzing the threat to peatlands from agriculture, forestry, resource extraction, and infrastructure development. The Brazzaville Declaration, signed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo, and Indonesia, aims to protect the Cuvette Centrale region in the Congo Basin.

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