High intensity logging burns and the resulting smoke plume near Mount Baw Baw, April 2018
Photo Chris Taylor.
Every autumn Victoria copes with smoke haze from planned burns that reduce bushfire risk, but a large part of that pollution actually comes from industrial logging activity.
A woman sells charcoal in Nairobi, Kenya.
There are some big misconceptions about the charcoal sector and its role in environmental damage
Illegally logged rosewood in Antalaha, Madagascar, 22 February 2005.
The illegal timber trade is a huge global business worth up to US$150 billion yearly. One way to curb it is by convincing consumers in wealthy countries that buying contraband wood products is wrong.
The Victorian mountain ash forest has been severely affected by fires and logging. To determine the actual health of the forest, we need to look at the quality, not just the quantity of what remains.
In the aftermath of fires or logging, conservation needs to focus on recovering the health of the remaining vegetation, not just the size of the forest or woodland.
Current protections for native forests are hopelessly out of date.
Agreements between the Commonwealth and state governments that protect native forests are based on hopelessly out-of-date information. It's a huge mistake to renew them without assessment.
Log barges with illegally felled timber, waiting to be loaded onto the “Harbour Gemini” ship in Paia inlet, Papua New Guinea,
AP Image/Greenpeace, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
The federal government is considering watering-down laws against importing illegal timber, but this flies in the face of international evidence.
Mountain ash in the Victorian Central Highlands.
How do you determine the financial benefit of cutting a tree down, versus leaving it standing? Environmental accounting offers some insight.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed shrinking Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and allowing more public access and road maintenance.
Environmental law and natural resource experts respond to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposals to shrink four national monuments and allow logging, fishing and other activities in six more.
Cypress swamp near Mandeville, Louisiana.
A new report calls U.S. forests an undervalued asset for slowing climate change. It warns that they are being degraded by logging for wood, paper and fuel, particularly in the Southeast.
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina.
Forests are valuable for many uses, including timber, clean water, wildlife habitat and recreation. Stresses on U.S. forests include wildfires, pest invasions and development of private lands.
Opponents of Ballot Measure 9 gather in Portland on Oct. 19, 2000.
AP Photo/Don Ryan
A professor takes us back more than 20 years, to when struggling white working-class voters in Oregon were convinced that a conservative social agenda would help bring back timber jobs.
Telling an illegal log from another is no easy feat.
Illegal logging is a serious threat but new ways of detecting illegal timber could help save global forests.
Roads built for logging in the Congo Basin have implications for forest management.
It's important to close roads from further vehicle use after the end of logging operations. But these roads ought to be re-opened when the next phase of logging takes place in each area of forest.
Aleksander Bolbot / shutterstock
More logging won't help Bialowieza fight off spruce bark beetles. Let's let the forest adapt and evolve naturally.
The forests of Sao Tome and Principe are being lost at an alarming rate.
The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe must work hard to protect their native forests from deforestation.
An industrial pulp-wood plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia.
From drought to economic slowdown, 2016 promises a mixed bag for the world's forests.
China has experienced deforestation in some parts of the country placing valuable biodiversity at risk of extinction.
China needs to do more to manage the balance between conservation and tourism to protect its rich biodiversity.
Conservation action is needed to save the DRC’s forests and slow global climate change.
Julien Harneis, Creative Commons.
Africa needs to step up the protection of its tropical forests.
Avoiding logging in native forests could earn Australia millions of extra carbon credits.
The Renewable Energy Target now includes wood waste from forestry. But a more sustainable use of Australia's native forests would be to leave them alone and earn carbon credits from the avoided emissions.
Leadbeater’s Possum is dependent on large, old trees that produce hollows for its survival.
The Leadbeater's has been formally listed as critically endangered. But unless clearfelling in the possums' stronghold stops, it will continue down the road of extinction.