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Community Conservation Conference Brings Real Forest Heroes Together

Global Forest Information Service - 3 hours 54 min ago

PRESS RELEASE

31 Aug, Durban: The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) has brought together more than 100 indigenous peoples and forest community members from over 40 countries around the world to Durban for its Fostering Community Conservation Conference that will take place from 31 Aug- 4 Sep.

This initiative represents the real way in which forests and communities should and have always co-existed, with communities protecting and conserving their indigenous territories as they have long standing ties to their land. “Contrary to what ...

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Community Conservation Conference Brings Real Forest Heroes Together

Metla Finland - 3 hours 54 min ago

PRESS RELEASE

31 Aug, Durban: The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) has brought together more than 100 indigenous peoples and forest community members from over 40 countries around the world to Durban for its Fostering Community Conservation Conference that will take place from 31 Aug- 4 Sep.

This initiative represents the real way in which forests and communities should and have always co-existed, with communities protecting and conserving their indigenous territories as they have long standing ties to their land. “Contrary to what ...

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Water, Forests and People

Global Forest Information Service - 5 hours 45 min ago
The Swedish Water House cluster group Water and Forests´ work on how and why Sweden should build resilient landscapes are now published in a report and policy brief.
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Water, Forests and People

Metla Finland - 5 hours 45 min ago
The Swedish Water House cluster group Water and Forests´ work on how and why Sweden should build resilient landscapes are now published in a report and policy brief.
Categories: Europe

Stora Enso to sell Komárom packaging plant to Van Genechten

Global Forest Information Service - 9 hours 14 min ago
Company says Komárom's customer base has seen major changes and plant is no longer strategic to...
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Stora Enso to sell Komárom packaging plant to Van Genechten

Metla Finland - 9 hours 14 min ago
Company says Komárom's customer base has seen major changes and plant is no longer strategic to...
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The luxuriance of early autumn: Country diary 100 years ago

Global Forest Information Service - 10 hours 5 min ago

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 4 September 1915

The luxuriance of early autumn is seen in the open wood not less than in the orchard. Leaves of the horse chestnut and the sycamore litter the ground, but the beech and the oak are beautifully green. There is a great show of acorns this year; they will be very useful for the cottagers and young porkers. Most of the gleanings, or leasings, as some country folk call them, will probably be used for mixing with the strong bitter fruit of the oak. Of old they used, after gathering the corn, a long and slow process, to take aprons full across to a watermill worked by a stream - where the fishing is as good as ever; but the mill has gone, steam and steel have captured all: the millstone stands upright against a worn beam of the wall, and the water-rat comes up to stroke his whiskers on its edges. Bread from leased corn always had a fuller, sweeter flavour than you get now from the finely dressed flour. Only “pollard” for the June calf and “sharps” for the trough were taken out of the ground corn, then, worked up with barm, baked and kept on a dairy shelf, it cut as ripe and sweet as a russet apple. Now we rub or beat the grain out for the fowls, and they enjoy it finely until the more masterful ducks come up and simply hustle them about the yard. Geese and ducks have no respect for the proper amenities of farmyard life.

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The luxuriance of early autumn: Country diary 100 years ago

Metla Finland - 10 hours 5 min ago

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 4 September 1915

The luxuriance of early autumn is seen in the open wood not less than in the orchard. Leaves of the horse chestnut and the sycamore litter the ground, but the beech and the oak are beautifully green. There is a great show of acorns this year; they will be very useful for the cottagers and young porkers. Most of the gleanings, or leasings, as some country folk call them, will probably be used for mixing with the strong bitter fruit of the oak. Of old they used, after gathering the corn, a long and slow process, to take aprons full across to a watermill worked by a stream - where the fishing is as good as ever; but the mill has gone, steam and steel have captured all: the millstone stands upright against a worn beam of the wall, and the water-rat comes up to stroke his whiskers on its edges. Bread from leased corn always had a fuller, sweeter flavour than you get now from the finely dressed flour. Only “pollard” for the June calf and “sharps” for the trough were taken out of the ground corn, then, worked up with barm, baked and kept on a dairy shelf, it cut as ripe and sweet as a russet apple. Now we rub or beat the grain out for the fowls, and they enjoy it finely until the more masterful ducks come up and simply hustle them about the yard. Geese and ducks have no respect for the proper amenities of farmyard life.

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Visitor Services Information Assistant

Job Metla - 10 hours 12 min ago
Job Announcement Number:
15-0513-158269D-DLA
Location Name:
Dunlap, California
Department:
Department Of Agriculture
Agency:
Forest Service
Occupation Code:
1001
Pay Plan:
GS
Appointment Duration:
Term
Opening Date:
Monday, August 31, 2015
Closing Date:
Friday, September 4, 2015
Job Status:
Full-Time
Salary:
$28,553.00 to $31,944.00 / Per Year
Pay Grade(s):
04 to 05
Who May Apply:
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Job Summary:
This position is located on the Sequoia National Forest, Hume Lake Ranger District, Dunlap, CA. This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration no less than 13 months and can be extended up to a total of 4 years. The primary purpose of the position is the dissemination of information and interpretative assistance to the public through various means. This position works with the Kings Canyon National Park at the entrance station and at the visitor center. Duty station is Dunlap, CA but incumbent will be required to report to duty each day at the National Park Entrance Station which is 16 miles from Dunlap, CA or the Visitor Center which is 19 miles from Dunlap, CA. The incumbent will be required to work weekends, night shifts and holidays. For further information about the duties of the position please contact Carol Hallacy at 559-338-2251 or challacy@fs.fed.us The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.
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FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (Recreation)

Job Metla - 10 hours 12 min ago
Job Announcement Number:
15-0516-143872DP-SM-Rev1
Location Name:
Pinecrest, California
Department:
Department Of Agriculture
Agency:
Forest Service
Occupation Code:
0462
Pay Plan:
GS
Appointment Duration:
Permanent
Opening Date:
Monday, August 31, 2015
Closing Date:
Friday, September 4, 2015
Job Status:
Full-Time
Salary:
$28,553.00 to $31,944.00 / Per Year
Pay Grade(s):
04 to 05
Who May Apply:
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Job Summary:
This is a re-advertisement of announcement # 15-0516-143872DP-SM. If you applied to that announcement, you will need to re-apply to this announcement to be considered for the positions to be filled. This position is located on the Stanislaus National Forest, Summit Ranger District with a duty location of Pinecrest, CA. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Miguel Macias at 209-965-3434 ext 5311, or by email at mmacias@fs.fed.us. These are Forestry Technician (Recreation) position on the Stanislaus National Forest on the Summit Ranger District. These positions are responsible for carrying out a variety of project plans in support of the unit recreation program. There are two permanent positions with varying tours of duty and may include weekend work. These are seasonal position with a minimum of 13 pay periods are guaranteed full-time employment with the remaining pay periods (13) being in non-pay status. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.
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Hydrologist

Job Metla - 10 hours 12 min ago
Job Announcement Number:
15-0612-158180DP-AW
Location Name:
Hebo, Oregon
Department:
Department Of Agriculture
Agency:
Forest Service
Occupation Code:
1315
Pay Plan:
GS
Appointment Duration:
Permanent
Opening Date:
Monday, August 31, 2015
Closing Date:
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Job Status:
Full-Time
Salary:
$48,403.00 to $48,403.00 / Per Year
Pay Grade(s):
09 to 11
Who May Apply:
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Job Summary:
This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 15-0612-158180G-AW . Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation. This position is located in Region 6, on the Hebo Ranger District of the Siuslaw National Forest in Hebo, Oregon. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Deborah Wilkins at 541 392-5117 or email at dwilkins@fs.fed.us. This position serves as a hydrologist on a Forest Service unit with responsibility for conducting and interpreting hydrologic surveys and analysis, watershed rehabilitation and management planning, and providing technical guidance within the framework of multiple-use management of forest and range lands. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.
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A researcher’s mission to keep people and elephants out of harm’s way in Kenya’s Trans-Mara District

Global Forest Information Service - 10 hours 43 min ago
PhD student Lydia Miller studies the complex human-elephant conflict problem resulting from agricultural expansion and forest loss in this region of southern Kenya.
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A researcher’s mission to keep people and elephants out of harm’s way in Kenya’s Trans-Mara District

Metla Finland - 10 hours 43 min ago
PhD student Lydia Miller studies the complex human-elephant conflict problem resulting from agricultural expansion and forest loss in this region of southern Kenya.
Categories: Europe

Media registration for the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences now open

Global Forest Information Service - 12 hours 16 min ago
2015

Online registration is now open for members of the press covering the upcoming FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences.

 

The 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference and the FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference will take place on 20-21 October 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

 

Accreditation online prior to the Conferences will be the only channel for journalists from print and online media, radio, television and news agencies to register officially.

 

Registration is free of cost and will be open until 5 October 2015.

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Media registration for the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences now open

Metla Finland - 12 hours 16 min ago
2015

Online registration is now open for members of the press covering the upcoming FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences.

 

The 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference and the FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference will take place on 20-21 October 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

 

Accreditation online prior to the Conferences will be the only channel for journalists from print and online media, radio, television and news agencies to register officially.

 

Registration is free of cost and will be open until 5 October 2015.

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Can trees help Vietnamese farmers escape poverty?

Global Forest Information Service - 12 hours 36 min ago
Tree products can provide significant income for many households when annual crops or livestock aren’t profitable, according to research in Bac Kan Province in Northwestern Viet Nam.   By Rachmat Mulia and Hoan Trong Do   Compared to...
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Can trees help Vietnamese farmers escape poverty?

Metla Finland - 12 hours 36 min ago
Tree products can provide significant income for many households when annual crops or livestock aren’t profitable, according to research in Bac Kan Province in Northwestern Viet Nam.   By Rachmat Mulia and Hoan Trong Do   Compared to...
Categories: Europe

Are degraded tropical forests worth saving?

Global Forest Information Service - 13 hours 18 min ago

Humans are increasingly dominating the tropical world.  For conservationists and researchers alike, a key question is this: To what degree will human-degraded habitats be able to sustain tropical biodiversity?

Conserving specialists is the trickiest part

A new study by Ricardo Solar and colleagues, just published in the leading journal Ecology Letters, has some compelling answers for us.

The study involved ambitious field research on a range of organisms -- plants, birds, bees, ants, and dung beetles -- in the Brazilian Amazon.

The researchers found that intensive land-uses, such as cattle pastures and soy farming, basically blitz biodiversity. 

Only a small fraction of all species can survive in these heavily exploited areas, and they tend to be similar kinds of species -- disturbance-loving generalists that are good at living in highly degraded habitats.

Not much biodiversity here

The same pattern happens again and again, regardless of which group of organisms one is studying.  This consistency gives one a lot of confidence in the authors’ conclusions.  Intensive land uses such as crop production and ranching are generally really bad for biodiversity.

However, the authors also show that, for disturbed or regenerating forests, the pattern is more complicated.  In these areas, you can get richer and quite different sets of species living in different places. 

This means that these altered forests still harbor quite a lot of biodiversity, especially when one looks across the entire landscape and adds up all the different species living in the various kinds of altered forests. 

It’s not as much biodiversity as you’d find in undisturbed, old-growth rainforests, but there’s still a lot of biodiversity there.

Hence, any kind of forest has value for biodiversity -- even if it is quite heavily damaged. 

Old-growth rainforests are definitely the best, especially for conserving really specialized species.  But we definitely shouldn’t ignore the importance of forest regrowth, habitat fragments, and logged forests either. 

Moreover, above and beyond providing a home for biodiversity, disturbed or regenerating forests can play important roles in carbon storage, hydrological functioning, soil conservation, and water purification.

The bottom line: All forests are good.  The less disturbed they are, the better.  But we shouldn't ignore the value of any kind of forest for aiding tropical biodiversity and ecosystem health.

Categories: Forest

Are degraded tropical forests worth saving?

Metla Finland - 13 hours 18 min ago

Humans are increasingly dominating the tropical world.  For conservationists and researchers alike, a key question is this: To what degree will human-degraded habitats be able to sustain tropical biodiversity?

Conserving specialists is the trickiest part

A new study by Ricardo Solar and colleagues, just published in the leading journal Ecology Letters, has some compelling answers for us.

The study involved ambitious field research on a range of organisms -- plants, birds, bees, ants, and dung beetles -- in the Brazilian Amazon.

The researchers found that intensive land-uses, such as cattle pastures and soy farming, basically blitz biodiversity. 

Only a small fraction of all species can survive in these heavily exploited areas, and they tend to be similar kinds of species -- disturbance-loving generalists that are good at living in highly degraded habitats.

Not much biodiversity here

The same pattern happens again and again, regardless of which group of organisms one is studying.  This consistency gives one a lot of confidence in the authors’ conclusions.  Intensive land uses such as crop production and ranching are generally really bad for biodiversity.

However, the authors also show that, for disturbed or regenerating forests, the pattern is more complicated.  In these areas, you can get richer and quite different sets of species living in different places. 

This means that these altered forests still harbor quite a lot of biodiversity, especially when one looks across the entire landscape and adds up all the different species living in the various kinds of altered forests. 

It’s not as much biodiversity as you’d find in undisturbed, old-growth rainforests, but there’s still a lot of biodiversity there.

Hence, any kind of forest has value for biodiversity -- even if it is quite heavily damaged. 

Old-growth rainforests are definitely the best, especially for conserving really specialized species.  But we definitely shouldn’t ignore the importance of forest regrowth, habitat fragments, and logged forests either. 

Moreover, above and beyond providing a home for biodiversity, disturbed or regenerating forests can play important roles in carbon storage, hydrological functioning, soil conservation, and water purification.

The bottom line: All forests are good.  The less disturbed they are, the better.  But we shouldn't ignore the value of any kind of forest for aiding tropical biodiversity and ecosystem health.

Categories: Europe

India: No country for wild tigers? | Janaki Lenin

Global Forest Information Service - 16 hours 4 min ago

Authorities seek to widen a road that would cut wildlife corridors and put the future sustainability of three tiger reserves at risk

If the tigers of Panna are under threat of being displaced by a dam, the tigers of nearby Kanha, Pench, and Navegaon Nagzira tiger reserves in the two central Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are in danger from a highway.

The National Highways Authority of India proposes to widen a 50-km (31-mile) stretch of road to a four-lane divided highway connecting Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, with Nagpur, Maharashtra. While allowing humans to hurtle between these two cities, the road slices two tiger corridors: Pench-Nagzira corridor in Maharashtra and the Pench-Kanha corridor in Madhya Pradesh. Although National Highway 7 (NH7) exists already, widening it will aggravate the problem it poses to wildlife. Central Indian forests hold about 33% of India’s tigers, 688 of them.

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