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Ranch at Paws Up - Montana

Invasion of the beetles, and a rancher’s revenge

On the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ invasion of America, Montana’s Larry Lipson and his family have had to contend with a much less welcome beetle invasion of their own. The mountain pine beetle, which, since 2000, has damaged 23 million acres of forest in the western United States, attacked 10,000 acres […]

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Gibson Guitar fined for illegal wood importing practices

The U.S. Department of Justice levied a $350,000 fine on Gibson Guitar Corp. for illegally importing overharvested wood from Madagascar. According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Gibson is required to pay a $300,000 penalty, as well as a $50,000 community service payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation “to be […]

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California wildfire

Wildfires and long-term forest health

U.S. Senator Mark Udall discusses the long-term detrimental effect wildfires can have on forest vegetation and water quality. Senator Udall calls for proactive measures, which he added into the Senate Farm Bill, to prevent soil erosion areas where ash, debris, and sediment can flow into reservoirs during wildfires.  Wildfires and long-term forest health By Senator […]

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New website helps families manage their woodlands

According to John Platt of the Mother Nature Network, more than 250 million acres of woodlands in the United States are owned by individuals and families who, often, do not have management plans in place. The American Forest Foundation, in an effort to help these families, launched MyLandPlan.org to help families determine the best course […]

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A wildfire burns in Colorado

A silver lining amidst the wildfires?

As fires rage in the western United States, it’s difficult to focus on the positives, but a recent article in The Economist claims that the damage could be much worse if the Forest Service had not planned ahead. The department has a new policy of clearing “trash trees” from mountainsides, making it more difficult for […]

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UN Report: Value ecosystems – not just crops – when managing water use

Recognising the valuable services provided by ecosystems such as wetlands and forests – and not only focusing on water productivity in agriculture – can improve livelihoods and help meet the rising demands on the world’s water resources in a sustainable way, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Read the […]

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