It’s been a big week for forests both at home and abroad. Stay up-to-date with the latest Forest Digest!

  • Forests Win Big In Bonn Climate BreakthroughThe Huffington Post
    In an unexpected display of international cooperation, representatives at the UN climates talks in Bonn agreed on a drafted proposal of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), which will help to protect the world’s forests in an effort to combat climate change.
A spotted owl perched on a tree
The spotted owl has been the symbol for the decline of the forests of the northwest for decades. Despite concerted efforts to aid the species, the overall population has continued its decline according to the latest report. Photo credit: US Forest Service.
  • Bill would streamline review of thinning projects in national forestsRapid City Journal
    This year has seen a push from House Republicans for legislation that would make it easier to harvest timber and clear brush in projects called for by the U.S. Forest Service. Advocates state that these projects help to protect National Forests from disease and wildfire, although opponents worry about inadequate consideration for environmental effects.