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Good News About Trees and the Environment

Stories this week:

$10 million forest restoration project in tri-state Great Lakes area will help preserve several at-risk species, including Golden-winged Warbler, American Woodcock, Ruffed Grouse, Black-billed Cuckoo, Moose, Canada lynx, and Northern long-eared bat.

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New study reveals that Western dry forests are affected 7 times more by insect outbreaks and droughts than they are by wildfires. Forests have historically contained up to 92% small trees, so reversing the modern restoration treatment of removing small trees will increase the resilience of the dry (tall pine) forests, as the smaller trees are attacked by insects less than larger ones.

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According to experts from the U of Copenhagen, crops are able to do their own weed control, if we would plant in tight grid patterns, rather than in rows. The employment of new seed-sowing techniques would allow farmers to use little or no pesticides on crops, to obvious advantage to the environment in general, not to mention our own health.

South Africa said on Thursday that it had moved around 100 rhinos to unspecified neighboring states as part of efforts to stem the illicit slaughter of the animals for their horns. Home to around 80 percent of the global rhino population, South Africa is at the epicenter of a poaching crisis. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told a news briefing that for security reasons, the precise countries where the rhinos had been moved would not be named.

A rhino is kept in an enclosure at the Kruger national park

India’s tiger population has increased by nearly a third to 2,226, a recent government survey showed, boosting conservation efforts in the country with more than half the world’s population of the endangered big cats. Conservation experts credit the increase to better management and policing of tiger habitats across the country.

Raja Royal Bengal Tiger rests inside tiger rescue centre at Jaldapara

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Retired surgeon, Dr. Salem Saloom, from Evergreen, CO, takes special pride nurturing the Longleaf Pine, a plant species wiped out by intensive commercial logging more than a century ago. His 2,200 acres of pine forest is part of an effort, spearheaded by the federal government, and supplemented by conservationists and private landowners, to restore what was once called “the Piney Woods.”
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An announcement – Researchers have found some survivors of fatal Emerald ash borer beetle infestations of our native ash trees, and are asking for the help of private citizens in finding more in areas that have NOT been treated with pesticides. See http://nrs.fs.fed.us/SurvivorAsh to describe the whereabouts of ash trees they believe would be candidates.

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And a slideshow of some of the most magnificent trees in the world.unnamed-18 unnamed-8

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White House Plans To Mark Off World’s Largest Ocean Sanctuary – On June 17th, President Obama announced plans to create the world’s largest marine preserve, following the lead of his immediate predecessors to try to save a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other environmental dangers, by dramatically expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

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Planet Ark Environmental Foundation, an Australian charity, promotes sustainable use of resources. One of their programs is Cartridges 4 – recycling used printer ink cartridges. They are sorted and returned for remanufacture or (more exciting) for use in a new road-asphalt product called TonerPave ™.

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Baltimore’s Water Wheel Keeps On Turning, Pulling In Tons Of Trash – City resident John Kellett developed a big water wheel to collect the plastic cups, cigarette butts and Cheetos bags that flow into the Baltimore Inner Harbor waterway after rainstorms. Kellett got funding from city officials, and the water wheel is now docked in the harbor, where it has removed 40 tons of trash since it began charring in May.

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New this week: The Toronto Dominion Bank has a “Mobile Forest” that it’s rolling out TODAY, like, RIGHT NOW, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (eastern) on the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden campus at 1000 Richmond Terr., in the East Lot adjacent to the museum. Visits to the Mobile Forest are free for all visitors.

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Also, according to Lee Frelich, director of the Center for Forest Ecology, the severe winter may have helped wipe out a large percentage of Ash borer beetle larvae in our northern forests. Let’s hope. Read these stories, plus a rather rude comment from Table Mountain pine, and my blog, at my website.

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New this week: The Toronto Dominion Bank has a “Mobile Forest” that it’s rolling out TODAY, like, RIGHT NOW, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (eastern) on the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden campus at 1000 Richmond Terr., in the East Lot adjacent to the museum. Visits to the Mobile Forest are free for all visitors.

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Also, according to Lee Frelich, director of the Center for Forest Ecology, the severe winter may have helped wipe out a large percentage of Ash borer beetle larvae in our northern forests. Let’s hope. Read these stories, plus a rather rude comment from Table Mountain pine, and my blog, at my website.

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

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Special post – this is not my usual posting of news. I got an email from PBS about shows they’ve just made available on Roku (which I have), and I thought this would be interesting/uplifting. Haven’t watched it yet, but probably will tonight.

http://video.pbs.org/video/2365192664/

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This week on The TREETALKER

I like Prince Charles. OK, he’s a ridiculously rich guy, and has had a few occurrences in his past that might make him blush – don’t we all? So don’t use those things to ignore what he says now.  He sponsors all kinds of environmental initiatives, such as his RAINFOREST PROJECT

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and has criticized “corporate lobbyists” and climate change sceptics, comparing them to a doctor taking inadequate care of a critically ill patient. “The risk of delay is so enormous that we can’t wait until we are absolutely sure the patient is dying.”

He has also spoken out on other environmental issues such as organic farming, alternative medicine and sustainable architecture.

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