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Mongabay -53 minutes ago

No safe space for Philippines’ Indigenous youth as military allowed on campus

MANILA — Indigenous youths harboring from a military-led counterinsurgency in the Philippines may soon lose the only safe space they have known for the past two years. Under a nearly 40-year pact, the 17 campuses of the University of the Philippines are off-limits to the country’s military and police. Since 2019, a group of 68 […]...

Mongabay -3 hours ago

Signs, but no sightings: The phantom rhinos of Sumatra’s Bukit Barisan Selatan

BANDAR LAMPUNG, Indonesia — In a two-week survey of the thick forest of Sumatra’s Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in the 1990s, Indonesian conservationist Agus Setiawan says he found signs of the rare and threatened Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis). “I found the footprint and dung,” Agus, who now lectures at Lampung University, said in an […]...

Mongabay -6 hours ago

Podcast: With just 10 years left to save Sumatran elephants, what can be done now?

The Sumatran elephant is a small Asian elephant whose numbers are dwindling as their lowland forest habitats are converted to uses like oil palm plantations. Experts say that Indonesia has just 10 years to turn this trend around and save them from the eternity of extinction – though this is optimistic, taking the steps needed […]...

timberbiz -7 hours ago

US Forest Service reflects on highs and lows of 2020

Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, the USDA Forest Service announced it surpassed goals and set records in 2020. Source: Timberbiz “2020 was a challenging year, with record wildland fire activity and the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the Forest Service, we have risen above these challenges and set our minds, hands and hearts to carrying out our mission to meet the needs of the communi...

timberbiz -7 hours ago

Job sector looking promising in NZ

After a year of uncertainty, New Zealand’s job market came out of 2020 looking considerably better than expected, according to analysis of over 55,500 vacancies listed on Trade Me Jobs for the quarter ending 31 December 2020. Forestry was one sector that showed significant growth. Source: Timberbiz Trade Me Jobs spokesperson Matt Tolich said in the final quarter of 2020 the number of job listing...

timberbiz -7 hours ago

Australian Pine Log Price Index January

The Australian Pine Log Price Index for the January to June 2020 period has just been released. Source: Friday Offcuts The Australian Pine Log Price Index is compiled by KPMG using data provided by Australian softwood growers. The Index documents changes in pine log prices achieved by large-scale commercial plantation owners selling common grades of plantation softwood logs to domestic processors....

timberbiz -7 hours ago

Small grants from Responsible Wood announced

Responsible Wood has announced the successful recipients from the 2020 Small Grants Program. The successful projects include the construction of a 21st century wood hut, mountain biking in South Australia and Tumbarumba, cultural burning and education projects in South Australia and Queensland, and Birdlife Australia surveys. Source: Timberbiz The grants are awarded for collaborative community-bas...

timberbiz -7 hours ago

Victor Violante appointed Deputy CEO at AFPA

The Australian Forest Products Association has appointed Victor Violante to the new role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer after more than four years in the organisation. Source: Timberbiz Mr Violante has held the position of Senior Policy Manager for the past 4 ½ years, looking after AFPA’s Hardwood Processing Chamber as well as native forestry policy, bushfire management, and export regulatio...

timberbiz -7 hours ago

Opinion: Marc Peruzzi – mass timber could be the silver buckshot

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: the construction business accounts for an estimated 23% of the world’s carbon-dioxide emissions—5.7 billion tons, according to the most recent estimates. Much of this comes from the use of concrete and steel, the two biggest contributors to emissions in the building sector. As the BBC has reported, if the concrete industry were a country, it would...

timberbiz -7 hours ago

Friday analysis: Log an objection with the WWF – we are not deforesting

The World Wildlife Fund seems a little confused over what logging is. Put simply, the WWF seems to have incorrectly lumped timber harvesting and private native forestry as contributing factors of deforestation and degradation. Source: Bruce Mitchell In a “shock, horror” statement, the WWF identified Australia as the only developed nation on the list of the world’s deforestation hotspots. Amo...

Elsevier -20 hours ago

Forest management legacies affect demographics and population dynamics of spruce grouse in northern Maine

Publication date: 1 March 2021Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 483Author(s): Erik J. Blomberg, Joel Tebbenkamp, Stephen Dunham, Daniel Harrison...

Springer -21 hours ago

Effects of three coniferous plantation species on plant‐soil feedbacks and soil physical and chemical properties in semi‐arid mountain ecosystems

Abstract Background Large-scale afforestation can significantly change the ground cover and soil physicochemical properties, especially the soil fertility maintenance and water conservation functions of artificial forests, which are very important in semi-arid mountain ecosystems. However, how different tree species affect soil nutri...

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