Forest Digest — Week of August 25
Summer is winding down, but our Forest Digest is still going strong.
Check out this week’s news in trees:
- “Brazil Could Save Its Atlantic Forests for Just $200 Million a Year” — Newsweek
Less than 15 percent of the original Atlantic Forest, which surrounds some of Brazil’s largest cities, remains. But scientists have calculated that the Brazilian government could pay the area’s farmers $198 million a year to protect their own land by not developing it.
**This year, with the help of local partners, American Forests planted trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, at a site near Rio de Janeiro.
- “You’ve Heard About This Problem With Our Trees, But Do You Really Know How Big It Is?” — Upworthy
Check out this alarming infographic on the enormity of deforestation across the planet.
- “Judge blocks Montana from logging in grizzly territory” — Reuters
A federal judge ruled last week that a permit that opened up Montana’s Stillwater State Forest to timber harvests violated the Endangered Species Act. The area in question constituted nearl 37,000 acres that serve as habitat for protected grizzly bears.
- “Program focuses on loss of young forests” — Chillicothe Gazette
Young forests in Ohio are in decline, which is impacting some of the state’s wildlife populations. The Ohio State University Extension is leading the program, which aims to raise awareness among woodland owners and forest enthusiasts.
- “New videogame set in Wyoming wilderness” — Casper Star Tribune
A new first-person adventure video game is being developed, and the main character is a park ranger stationed in Shoshone National Forest.