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Timber Takes a Hit


by Loose Leaf Team
A forest road in Siberia

By Marcelene Sutter

Beyond rampant corruption and organized crime, illegal logging carries with it another serious threat: The oak and walnut trees targeted by illegal loggers for their value in flooring and furniture are the same species that make up the forest habitats of the endangered Siberian tiger. The deer and wild boar that make up much of the tiger’s diet feed on walnuts from these trees. Only about 450... (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 lu... (Read More)




Divided and Disappearing


by Susan Laszewski
Chiew Larn resevoir in Thailand

It’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.

Last year, biologist Dr. Luke Gibson of the National University ... (Read More)




A Golden Design


by Loose Leaf Team
Golden Lion Tamarin

By Marcelene Sutter

Who could say no to a face like that? Meet the golden lion tamarin, native to Brazil and so beloved by citizens there that it appears on the country’s currency. Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, or Mata Atlantica to locals, is the only place where these tiny primates can be found in the wild. Unfortunately, the rise of deforestation in the region poses a serious threat to the safety of this species... (Read More)




Getting Our Hands Dirty


by Loose Leaf Team
Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyo.

By Michelle Werts

If you’re a regular reader here on Loose Leaf, you know that our forests and ecosystems, while very good self-regulators, sometimes need a helping hand — and a helping hand is what they’re going to get en masse tomorrow.

Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day, the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands each year. On this, the 20th anniversary of the event, more than 2,0... (Read More)


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