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High Country News

Anna V. Smith

16 August 2019

Umpqua National Forest, Oregon, United States

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After decades of failed legislation, over 17,000 acres of public land was finally restored to the Umpqua Tribe with the passage of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. The land was a constant source of tension betw...

High Country News

Liz Weber

17 June 2019

Sisters, Oregon, United States

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Coordination and planning can prove to be the best defensive measures against wildfires. Funded by the US Forest Service, the Community Planning Assistance for Wild Program (CPAW) promotes community fire adaptation, i...

The Colorado Sun

Erin McIntyre

27 May 2019

Ouray, Colorado, United States

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By combining biomimicry with biodiversity, Colorado’s forests have kept damaging fir beetles at bay. The city of Ouray, Colorado, and the Colorado State Forest Service have been working with the help of volunteers to ...

Stateline

Sophie Quinton

16 May 2019

Rustic, Colorado, United States

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Prescribed burns help prevent the devastating impact of uncontrolled forest fires in Western states. In states like Colorado, the US Forest Service, local governments, and nonprofits, are working to improve forest hab...

The New York Times

Moises Velasquez-Manoff

25 April 2019

Scituate, Rhode Island, United States

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A dark synergy of extreme weather and emboldened pests could imperil vast stretches of woodland. Foresters are only starting to wrestle with solutions.

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

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21 March 2019

Gundalba, Odisha, India

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Biodiversity and forest cover in Gundalba rebounded after a women-led group started using whistles and rotational patrols to scare away timber smugglers and woodcutters. The group also helped neighboring villages coor...

Ensia

Viki Cramer

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7 March 2019

East Perth, Australia

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The indigenous practice of setting regular fires to manage land hasn’t been used in generations, but it’s now being brought back to help manage wildfires in Australia. With support from the Wunambal Gaambera Aborigina...

Yale E360

Jacques Leslie

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19 February 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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As climate change alters environments across the United States, it has becoming increasingly important to manage watersheds as a preventative measure to wildfires. Amid responses across the country, one private-public...

The Narwhal

Judith Lavoie

13 February 2019

Australia

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Enrolling indigenous knowledge in environmental conservation programs empowers communities and promotes responsible land management. Conservation programs in Australia and Canada rely on indigenous communities to moni...

BBC

Tom Colls

Amelia Martyn-Hemphill

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5 February 2019

Kathmandu, Nepal

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“If we protect one tiger, all the landscape is protected,” says a park warden in Nepal whose job is to ensure the longevity of the tiger population--and it has worked. In the last ten years, the Bengal tiger populatio...

KLCC

Brian Bull

30 January 2019

Roseburg, Oregon, United States

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Native American tribes in Oregon have garnered attention for their sustainable forest preservation, especially since recent national legislation passed that gave thousands of acres of land land back to several Native ...

Grist

Nathanael Johnson

14 January 2019

Nevada City, California, United States

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In wildfire-prone Nevada County, California, community squads that do controlled burns are on the rise. According to the Nevada County fire council, some 23 associations are active, while about 50 more are forming. By...

Mongabay

Camilo Mejia Giraldo

19 December 2018

Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea

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Across Papua New Guinea, growers are turning to agroforestry, pairing crops like cocoa and nuts to closely mimic forest ecosystems. The benefits are numerous--diverse income streams for growers, new habitat for wildli...

The Daily Yonder

Bryce Oates

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12 December 2018

Weaverville, Washington, United States

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In the western United States, a couple nonprofits are working to kill two birds with one stone: reducing catastrophic wildfires while creating a profitable (yet sustainable) market for harvested wood. Yet these manage...

The Daily Yonder

Bryce Oates

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11 December 2018

Redding, California, United States

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Rural communities need a multi-pronged strategy to improve resilience to wildfires. A method that combines forest treatment projects, education of homeowners, and community-level strategizing at the neighborhood level...

Ensia

Nithin Coca

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6 December 2018

Japan

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Nishiawakura, a village in Japan, was once the site of complete forest devastation due to the need for timber during and after World War II. Through trial and error, the country has learned what does and doesn't work ...

The New York Times

Crystal Kolden

16 November 2018

Netherlands

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Wildfires are destroying lives and lands throughout the West Coast of the United States. While human negligence coupled with climate change have been blamed, communities in the Netherlands provide a sharp contrast to ...

KLCC

Tom Banse

21 October 2018

Oregon, United States

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The prospect of mass wild land devastation sparred by both wildfires and logging was enough motivation for people on each side of the debate to sit down and figure out a solution. What came of that conversation was th...

Sojourners

August Rick

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11 October 2018

Cambodia

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In Cambodia, it is Buddhist tradition and protocol to ordain a tree when a new monk was inducted. Since it is taboo to harm a monk, this practice inadvertently doubled as a conservation tactic by preventing deforestat...

Public Radio International

Sam Eaton

4 October 2018

Maranhão, Brazil

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Illegal logging and land clearing are destroying much of the Amazon forest which is impacting the livelihood of the indigenous people living there. The Guajajara tribe is taking an active stand against these activitie...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kevin Mwanza

1 October 2018

Nairobi Area, Kenya

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A new app known as TIMBY aims to reduce the amount of illegal forest activities such as logging and forced evictions of tribal communities. By allowing those using the app to document real-time evidence of illegal act...

NPR

Nate Hegyi

20 September 2018

Canada

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As regions look for solutions to fight wildfires in the midst of climate change, some call for logging companies to take greater responsibility. While the argument is not new that less trees means less fires, it's the...

Yale E360

Jane Braxton Little

5 September 2018

Shaver Lake, California, United States

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In California’s wildfire-prone Sierras, forest managers are turning to an ancient, if not quite intuitive, tool: more fire. In 2019, the Forest Service will manage 250,000 acres with controlled burns and “mechanical t...

Portland Press Herald

Kevin Miller

12 August 2018

Maine, United States

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Maine has 17 million acres of forestland making it the ideal region for implementing a carbon regulatory program. As governments in both the United States and Canada look to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the advant...

BBC

Richard Kenny

Ammar Ebrahim

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24 July 2018

United States

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As wildfires have become increasingly more pronounced due to climate change which primes areas to burn, lands and communities are being destroyed all over the world. To have a chance for survival, projects throughout ...

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