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Illegal Logging on the Decline

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Report finds dramatic reductions in prohibited logging activities around the globe.

According to UK think tank Chatham House, there has been a 25% decrease in illegal logging around the world since 2002, thanks in large part o stricter laws and better enforcement. This is great news, and shows that government policies can work to help solve environmental problems. However, the war is far from being won as 3.5 billion cubic feet of timber was illegally harvested from Brazil,......read more

Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain

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Photo project focuses on the complex relationship between communities and resource industries in the Northwest

Photographer Eirik Johnson spent three years traveling around Washington, Oregon, and Northern California, focusing on the region’s tenuous relationship between natural resource industries--particularly logging and fishing--and the communities that rely upon them. The resulting images are gathered in Sawdust Mountain, a photographic exploration of a Pacific Northwest that reveals a......read more

For Logging's Crimes, Tougher Punishments

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By Richard Conniff for The New York Times

I HAVE loved wood and the smell of sawdust ever since I was a child and got to wander among the open sheds at the local lumberyard. But for years now I have had a sick feeling every time I shop for almost anything made of wood. The prices are often unbelievably good, but then I notice the words “Made in Vietnam,” or some other country where illegal logging is demolishing forests at......read more

Forest Protection Deal Signed in Canada

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Green groups, forest companies agree to three-year logging moratorium in stretch of Boreal woodlands.

A historic moment for industry and environmentalists in Canada this week, as conservation groups and lumber companies agreed to place a three year moratorium on the logging of a massive swath of northern Boreal forest. At 278,000 square miles, it's one of largest forest conservation settlements ever made, and is widely seen as a win win for all parties involved. In addition to providing......read more

Deforestation Rates Fall

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Global forest loss slowed over the past decade, with less logging in the Amazon and widespread tree planting in China.

The world's net rate of forest loss has slowed markedly in the last decade, with less logging in the Amazon and China planting trees on a grand scale. Yet forests continue to be lost at "an alarming rate" in some countries, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Its Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 finds the loss of tree cover is most acute in Africa......read more

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