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Scientists recruit aerial drones to combat illegal logging

Story contains video via Wall Street Daily | Mon May 21, 2012
A new aerial surveillance system to protect forests and endangered species in remote parts of the world is being pioneered by a pair of ecologists in Switzerland. The researchers have designed and built their own flying drone that can capture evidence of illegal activity on film.

Indigenous group and NGO establish crucial corridor in vanishing Atlantic Forest

Story contains video via MongaBay | Thu May 17, 2012
Last month, three Guarani communities, the local Argentine government of Misiones, and the UK-based NGO World Land Trust forged an agreement to create a nature reserve connecting three protected areas in the fractured, and almost extinct, Atlantic Forest.

From concrete jungle to urban oasis

Story contains video Mon April 30, 2012
An Oakland, Calif., program called Urban Releaf is planting trees in neighborhoods that lack foliage, restoring community pride.

Russia creates massive park for rare cats

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon April 16, 2012
Russia has created a massive national park to protect some of the world's rarest big cats, the critically endangered Amur tigers and leopards, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Indian Man, Jadav Payeng, Single-Handedly Plants A 1,360 Acre Forest In Assam

Story contains video via Times of India | Wed April 04, 2012
An Indian man has single-handedly grown a sprawling forest on a 1,360 acre (550-hectare) sandbar in the middle of the Brahmaputra. It now has many endangered animals, including at least five tigers, one of which bore two cubs recently.

Report Shows Forest Growth in North Outpacing Other Parts of Country

via U.S. Forest Service | Fri March 16, 2012
U.S. Forest Service scientists released an assessment that shows forest land has expanded in northern states during the past century despite a 130-percent population jump and relentless environmental threats.

New rainforest and indigenous reserve established in Peru

via MongaBay | Thu February 09, 2012
On February 4th, the Peruvian government and a small indigenous group created a new Amazon reserve, dubbed the Maijuna Reserve. Located in northeastern Peru, the 390,000 hectare (970,000 acres) reserve is larger than California's Yosemite National Park and over three times the size of Hong Kong.

Indonesia to conserve half of Borneo region

via AFP | Fri January 20, 2012
Indonesia's forestry ministry said Thursday it would conserve nearly half its share of Borneo island, which is covered with dense rainforest, so as to meet a presidential pledge to reduce gas emissions.

Levi’s drops Asia Pulp & Paper due to its link to deforestation in Indonesia

via MongaBay | Wed January 18, 2012
Levi Strauss & Company became the latest firm to drop Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) as a supplier due to concerns over APP's continued clearing of rainforests in Sumatra, reports the Rainforest Action Network, a green group in the midst of a campaign against APP.

Saving the Amazon: Winning the war on deforestation

Story contains video via BBC Magazine | Mon January 02, 2012
For years, the story told about the Amazon has been one of destruction - the world's largest rainforest, a region of amazing biodiversity, key to the fight against climate change, being remorselessly felled. But that is no longer the whole truth.

Large tract of old growth redwood forest protected in the San Francisco Bay Area

via Mercury News | Thu December 15, 2011
8,532 acres of redwood forest and wildlife habitat in the Santa Cruz mountains will be protected after a coalition of San Francisco Bay Area conservation groups bought the land — the largest private landholding in in Santa Cruz County — for $30 million from building materials giant CEMEX.

Volcano and cloud forests conserved in Ecuador

via MongaBay | Tue December 06, 2011
Conservation organizations and the Ecuadorian government have succeeded in securing over 250,000 acres (106,000 hectares) of cloud forest and grasslands surrounding the Antisana Volcano for protection.

Sierra Leone creates rainforest park

via MongaBay | Sat December 03, 2011
Sierra Leone, one of Africa's poorest countries, today announced the establishment of Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP), an area of forest home to chimpanzees, a key population of pygmy hippo, and hundreds of bird species, reports the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Dole abandons banana plantation in National Park

via MongaBay | Tue November 22, 2011
After a threat of lawsuit, Dole Inc. has abandoned a banana plantation in Somawathiya National Park in Sri Lanka.

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