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Forest Digest — Week of August 8, 2016

  • Avocado tree

August 12th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

In this week’s forest-related news, discover new ways to go explore 10,000 acres of forest — without ever leaving New York City. Find out how premium avocado prices are driving deforestation in Mexico, how extinction is increasingly threatening hundreds of Asian species and how India’s forests are worth more than the GDP of Russia.
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7 Ways to Explore Forests beyond a Walk in the Woods

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August 11th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

America’s forests have so much to offer beyond the beauty and tranquility of a walk in the woods. Get out and explore wildlands in a new way with this list of seven must-try forest activities. Whether you prefer quietly relaxing or the rush of adrenaline, there’s a new adventure waiting for you!
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Forests and the 2016 Olympic Games

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Environmental issues are plaguing the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Deforestation of critical rainforest and Atlantic Forest are destroying essential areas of habitat for many of Brazil’s endangered species. Read about the deforestation associated with the Olympics and American Forests’ role in reforesting Brazil.
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Forest Digest — Week of August 1, 2016

  • Dream Lake

August 5th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

In this week’s forest-related news, find out how early snow-melt may decrease forest carbon by 45 percent by mid-century. Read about Asian beetles ravaging Adirondack forests, how new research is effectively fighting invasive vines in tropical forests and view nine of the most unusual forests on earth!
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Playground Science: Getting Kids Excited about Science and Nature

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August 4th, 2016|Tags: , |1 Comment

Parents often struggle to make sure their kids are engaged at school and spending enough time outdoors, but here are some tips for encouraging children to get excited about the natural world and ways to indulge their curiosity about the great outdoors!
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