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105 Years of Zion National Park


by Loose Leaf Team
Zion National ParkBy Lisa Swann Zion National Park in southwestern Utah is celebrating its 105th anniversary tomorrow, and there is a lot to celebrate! With deep, sandstone canyons, pinyon-juniper and conifer woodlands, hanging gardens and waterfalls, the park is a delight to visitors. Some 207 types of birds can be found in the park. This rich tapestry of habitats and species make it one of the most visited sites in Utah. The park includes Horse Ranch Mou... (Read More)



Trouble for English Forests


by Loose Leaf Team
brown hairstreakBy Lisa Swann If you’re a fan of “Downton Abbey” or “Monarch of the Glen,” then you know the importance of Great Britain’s forests. Useful not only to aristocratic landholders for income and fine hunting land, forests also provide beauty and health benefits and fight climate change for all. With forest land cover at only 10 percent in England (one of the smallest percentages of forest in Europe), a new plan to halt governmen... (Read More)



Timber Takes a Hit


by Loose Leaf Team
A forest road in SiberiaBy Marcelene Sutter In the dense forests that cover about half of Russia, the global leader in log exportation, trouble is brewing. Here, these trees are threatened by a dangerous manifestation of greed — organized crime. The timber of Russian trees is in such high demand that thieves have no problem selling illegally logged wood, resulting in what Russian President Vladimir Putin has called a nearly 70 percent increase in illegal logging over... (Read More)



The Serious Business of Leaf Peeping


by Loose Leaf Team
Fall foliage in different stages of the color change cycle in Wilmington, Vermont.By Marcelene Sutter At some point in your life, someone has probably informed you that money does not grow on trees, and while this oft-stated truism does make a lot of sense, Megan Smith, Vermont’s commissioner of Tourism and Marketing, heartily disagrees. “I’d like to say that money falls from trees at this time of year,” Smith stated last week in an interview with NPR. What she is referring to is the lucrative business of “leaf ... (Read More)



Divided and Disappearing


by Susan Laszewski
Chiew Larn resevoir in ThailandIt’s well known that when habitat becomes fragmented, wildlife suffers. But now, a study more than two decades in the making has published its findings in Science demonstrating just how rapidly mammals species disappear in fragmented patches of forest. The study found that mammal species whose habitat becomes fragmented can disappear in as little as 25 years. When the Chiew Larn reservoir was created in 1987 by damming the Khlong Saeng i... (Read More)


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