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Jul 12, 2010

Activists and environmentalists have long been advocating that we need to preserve the forests in southeast Asia for the sake of the endangered orangutan. But did you know that the reverse is also true? Of course, the orangutans need the forest to survive, but it seems the forest also needs the orangutans, which act as a vital part of the ecosystem's maintenance. 

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Posted: Jul 12, 2010 9:23am
Jun 15, 2010

Carolyn Langlie-Lesnik is a registered nurse. She's also a cancer survivor. And after her bout with the disease that nearly took her life, she is dedicated to finding ways to preserve the resource that helped to save it: a tree in Asia. 

Though forests of all kinds have so much to offer us, we often see their resources as little more than lumber, or maybe maple syrup. All too often we forget that even in this age of drugs concocted in sterile labs, some the most powerful medicines of all can and do come from nature. From the tree that saved Carolyn's life, to a plant from which came the most recent drug to fight HIV, forests are providing us with ways to save and improve our lives. And in return, we are cutting them down. 
Read more about Carolyn's story, and how her survival has led her to work for international conservation. 
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Posted: Jun 15, 2010 10:03am
May 4, 2010

Most of us in the environmental news circle have heard of the current controversy regarding the Tongass National Forest. At the very least, we're peripherally aware. But did you know that this forest actually contains the last significant stands of remaining old growth forest in the entire country? 

The state of Alaska is no stranger to the battle between nature and development; its natural resources are such that there was never any avoiding it. For many, the destruction of nature has become a given. But here's a firsthand account by a local logger's daughter - now studying forestry and natural resource conservation - of why we can't afford to lose the Tongass, and why we shouldn't have to. 
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Posted: May 4, 2010 10:46am
Mar 9, 2010

As the threat of destructive insects rises, from the Asian Longhorn Beetle to the Mountain Pine Beetle, the state of Maine is considering a new law banning the importation of firewood. With 90% wooded land, this is a smart move for Maine. You never know what creepy-crawlies have gotten into the firewood (or any imported wood) until its too late. A few other states have already passed similar laws, and more would be wise to do the same. 

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Posted: Mar 9, 2010 10:07am
Mar 4, 2010

After a decade of overuse from salt collection and rice cultivation, the mangrove forests of Sierra Leone are rapidly dwindling, placing the fragile local economy and ecosystem in great danger. 

"Of an original three million hectares of mangrove forest across the seven countries involved, barely 800,000 hectares remain."
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Posted: Mar 4, 2010 9:25am

 

 
 
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