Find out the latest in forest news in this week’s Forest Digest!
- The Endangered Species Act may be heading for the threatened list. This hearing confirmed it. — Washington Post
A Senate hearing to “modernize the Endangered Species Act” occurred on Wednesday. Republican lawmakers argued that the federal effort to keep species from going extinct encroaches on states’ rights, is unfair to landowners and is impacting the ability for mining companies to create jobs.
- Beetles Have Killed 5 Million Acres Of Colorado Forests (And Counting) — Huffington Post
According to a new report, the mountain pine beetle and the spruce beetle have destroyed more than 5 million acres of Colorado forests. The dense, mature, drought-plagued forests of Colorado are perfect targets for the insects, who thrive on weakened trees.
- ‘Forest cities’: the radical plan to save China from air pollution — The Guardian
Italian architect Stefano Boeri, known for his vertical forest skyscraper in Milan, unveiled plans for a similar project in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. The structures will reportedly house offices, a 247-room luxury hotel, a museum and a green architecture school. The project is set for completion next year.
- In the Sierras, New Approaches to Protecting Forests Under Stress — e360.yale.edu
In California’s Sierras and around the world, extreme drought and rising temperatures are killing trees and threatening the survival of forests. Ecologists suggest that land managers need to combine strategies of resistance, resilience and realignment in order to preserve native biodiversity.