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Modern logging techniques benefit rainforest wildlife
New research has highlighted the value of a modern logging technique for maintaining biodiversity in tropical forests that are used for timber production. (2015-02-27)

Conservation International and AF&PA join forces to form 'Alliance to Combat Illegal Logging'
The American Forest & Paper Association and Conservation International today announced the creation of the Alliance to Combat Illegal Logging. The group will work to put a stop to illegal logging in protected areas in regions of global environmental significance or where a significant proportion of global illegal logging is currently carried out. The Alliance will support priorities in the President's Initiative Against Illegal Logging (PIAIL). (2005-03-04)

Reduced impact logging still harms biodiversity in tropical rainforests
A new study finds that even low levels of logging in the Amazon rainforest may lead to great losses in biodiversity. The research in Biological Conservation, looked at 34 different plots in the state of Pará -- a focal point for Amazon protection efforts in the last decades. They found that even low levels of logging leaded to negative effects on dung beetle diversity and rates of dung beetle-mediated (2017-10-23)

Selective logging takes its toll on mammals, amphibians
The selective logging of trees in otherwise intact tropical forests can take a serious toll on the number of animal species living there. Mammals and amphibians are particularly sensitive to the effects of high-intensity logging, according to researchers in the Cell Press journal Current Biology who conducted a meta-analysis of almost 50 previously published studies from around the world. (2014-07-31)

Logging can decrease water infiltration into forest soils, study finds
Researchers have found that logging operations can negatively affect soil density and water infiltration within forests, particularly along makeshift logging roads and landing areas where logs are stored before being trucked to sawmills. (2016-08-17)

In Logged Forests, Hunting of Wildlife Becomes Deadly 'Second Harvest'
It's not just trees being removed from the world's rainforests, but staggering numbers of gorillas, elephants and other wildlife, which are being killed and sold as (1999-04-23)

Clear-Cutting In Central Africa
The U.S. must play a key role in saving central Africa's tropical forests, now in sudden peril due to an unprecedented land rush by high-volume logging companies, according to Michael Fay, a conservation biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) headquartered at the Bronx Zoo. (1997-03-21)

Reduced-impact logging supports diversity of forests almost as well as leaving them alone
When it comes to logging, it may be possible to have our timber and our tropical forests, too. The key, according to a report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Dec. 1, is careful planning and the use of reduced-impact logging practices that avoid unnecessary damage to the surrounding forest. (2014-12-01)

Vegetation resilient to salvage logging after severe wildfire
Nearly a decade after being logged, vegetation in forested areas severely burned by California's Cone Fire in 2002 was relatively similar to areas untouched by logging equipment. The findings of a US Forest Service study shed light on how vegetation responds to severe wildfire and whether further disturbances from logging affect regrowth. (2017-02-03)

Roads and deforestation explode in the Congo basin
Logging roads are expanding dramatically in the Congo Basin, leading to catastrophic collapses in animal populations living in the world's second-largest rainforest, according to research co-led by a scientist at James Cook University in Australia. (2019-06-24)

Small changes in rainforests cause big damage to fish ecosystems
Using lasers, researchers have connected, arranged and merged artificial cells, paving the way for networks of artificial cells acting as tissues. (2018-04-19)

Gauging the impact of tropical forest logging: Winrock develops new method for quantifying carbon emissions
Researchers at Winrock International have developed a first-of-its-kind method for estimating carbon emissions from forest degradation caused by selective logging in tropical regions. Refined over a period of 15 years and tested in six countries, the approach is highlighted in an article authored by Winrock's Ecosystems Services experts, Timothy Pearson, Sandra Brown and Felipe Casarim -- published April 1 in Environmental Research Letters. (2014-04-02)

Measuring nectar from eucalypts
In Australia, the effect of logging on canopy nectar production in tall forest trees has for the first time been investigated by NSW Department of Primary Industry researchers. State forests provide the major honey resource for the beekeeping industry in NSW. (2007-07-31)

UBCO researchers concerned about prey and predator species in post-fire logging areas
New research from UBC Okanagan shows that salvage logging on land damaged by wildfires has negative impacts on a variety of animals. While post-fire salvage logging is used to mitigate economic losses following wildfire, Karen Hodges, a biology professor in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science, says the compounded effects of wildfire and post-fire salvage logging are more severe than what wildlife experience from fire alone. (2020-09-22)

Borneo deforested 30 percent over past 40 years
Forest cover in Borneo may have declined by up to 30 percent over the past 40 years. (2014-07-16)

Study finds logging effects vary based on a forest's history, climate
A Smoky Mountain forest's woodland herb population has shown that climate may play a role in how forest understories recover from logging, according to Purdue University research. (2009-12-02)

Leaf litter ants advance case for rainforest conservation in Borneo
Studies of ant populations in Borneo reveal an unexpected resilience to areas of rainforest degraded by repeated intensive logging, a finding which conservationists hope will lead governments to conserve these areas rather than allow them to be cleared and used for cash crop plantations. (2011-10-20)

Recent Australian wildfires made worse by logging
Logging of native forests increases the risk and severity of fire and likely had a profound effect on the recent, catastrophic Australian bushfires, according to new research. In the wake of the country's worst forest fires in recorded history, University of Queensland researchers have been part of an international collaboration, investigating Australia's historical and contemporary land-use. (2020-05-05)

Logging threatens breeding turtles
Debris from logging in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of mothers at one of the world's most important nesting sites in Colombia. (2017-04-10)

In Russia, are loggers an owl's best friend?
Can owls and loggers get along? A recent study conducted in Primorye in the southern Russian Far East suggests it's not only possible, but essential for endangered Blakiston's fish owls to survive there. The study was conducted by the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the University of Minnesota. (2015-09-29)

Whole-tree logging may not hinder plant biodiversity
When it comes to timber harvesting, removing the whole tree -- from stump to twigs -- doesn't reduce plant diversity any more than old-fashioned logging, which leaves tree branches behind in the woods. (2018-05-16)

Gabon ends logging in key wildlife area
In a unique agreement with logging companies and conservation organizations, the Government of Gabon has agreed to end logging in the 1,900-square-mile Lopé Reserve, home to the highest density of large mammals ever recorded in a rainforest, the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today. (2000-07-24)

New study sheds light on long-term effects of logging after wildfire
A new study on the effects of timber harvest following wildfire shows that the potential for a recently burned forest to reburn can be high with or without logging. Recently published in the journal, Forest Ecology and Management, the study demonstrates that the likelihood of a severe reburn is affected by the timing -- not just the amount -- of fuel accumulation after fire. (2007-04-09)

Tropical forests overexploited by unsustainable logging
Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale. A study from the University of East Anglia, published today in PLOS ONE, reveals that once prime tropical hardwoods -- such as Brazilian cedars, ipe (Brazilian walnut), and rosewood -- have been logged, they do not grow back to commercial levels and are at risk from disappearing altogether. (2016-07-13)

Logging helps black rats invade rainforests
Logging can encourage black rats to invade tropical rainforests by creating habitats they prefer, giving them the chance to displace native mammals. (2016-02-02)

Research synthesis shines light on several management options after fires in diverse ecosystems
No single decision-support system exists for selecting alternatives for post-fire management. That thesis is what a recently released report on management after fire hinges upon. The publication, Effects of Timber Harvest Following Wildfire in Western North America, tells us that the type of forest landscape determines the ways fire and logging may change an area after a wildfire. The authors, however, hope that public land managers will use the publication to evaluate post-fire management options. (2009-03-19)

Selectively logged Amazon forests play important role in climate
With careful management, selectively logged tropical Amazonian forests can recover their carbon stocks within a cutting cycle of 20 to 30 years, according to researchers who report their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Sept. 21. The findings show that sustainably logged tropical forests continue to play a key role in global carbon sequestration, with important implications for global climate. (2015-09-21)

Forest soils need many decades to recover from fires and logging
A landmark study from The Australian National University has found that forest soils need several decades to recover from bushfires and logging -- much longer than previously thought. (2019-01-22)

Post-fire logging can reduce fuels for up to 40 years in regenerating forests, new study finds
Harvesting fire-killed trees is an effective way to reduce woody fuels for up to four decades following wildfire in dry coniferous forests, a US Forest Service study has found. (2015-03-11)

Conservationists release manual on protecting great apes in forest concessions
A new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature highlights the plight of great apes in the forest concessions of Central Africa and recommends actions to improve protection for gorillas and chimpanzees in these mixed-used landscapes, according to authors from the Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, IUCN, Lincoln Park Zoo and Washington University. (2013-05-21)

Salvaging the ecosystem after salvage logging
When a forest fire sweeps across timberlands, logging companies often follow to do salvage logging -- salvaging the timber that has not been completely destroyed. The economic benefit is evident. But the ecological effects are unknown. (2015-01-09)

UF study finds logging of tropical forests needn't devastate environment
Harvesting tropical forests for timber may not be the arch-enemy of conservation that it was once assumed to be, according to a new study led by a University of Florida researcher. (2012-05-10)

Conservation practices may leave African indigenous populations behind
Conservation and logging groups in Central and West Africa are failing to fully incorporate local concerns into management, marginalizing the livelihoods of the local population, according to Nathan Clay, Ph.D. candidate in geography, Penn State. (2017-01-12)

Logging may hinder forest regeneration, increase fire risk
A new study done in the area burned in the catastrophic Biscuit Fire in Southwestern Oregon in 2002 found that allowing trees to naturally regenerate works about as well or better than logging and replanting, and that undisturbed areas may be at lower fire risk in the future. (2006-01-05)

Rosewood trees face extinction amid Madagascar's chaos
Political and social chaos and a lack of international protections have put several species of rosewood trees in Madagascar in danger of becoming extinct from illegal logging, according to a policy forum paper in the latest issue of Science. (2010-05-27)

Degradation outpaces deforestation in Brazilian Amazon
The area of the Brazilian Amazon affected by forest degradation--where forest biomass is lost but not completely converted to another use--is greater than the area affected by deforestation, according to a long-term study by Eraldo Aparecido Trondoli Matricardi and colleagues. (2020-09-10)

Satellite study doubles forest disturbance estimates in Brazil--impacts widespread
Results from a new large-scale, high-resolution satellite study indicate that forest degradation in the Brazilian Amazon has been underestimated by half. Scientists found that an area equivalent to the size of Connecticut is being disturbed by selective logging annually. The study, conducted by lead author Dr. Greg Asner of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology indicates far-reaching ecological impacts, including increases in erosion and fires, and reductions plant and animal species. (2005-10-20)

Logging debris gives newly planted Douglas-fir forests a leg-up
The downed limbs and other woody debris that are inevitable byproducts of timber harvest could be among the most important components of post-harvest landscapes, according to a new study led by the US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station (2013-03-11)

As demand for African timber soars, birds pay the ultimate price
A new study co-authored by scientists at Drexel University, published in the most recent issue of Biological Conservation, reveals the devastating impact of illegal logging on bird communities in the understory layer of Ghana's Upper Guinea rain forests, one of the world's 25 'biodiversity hotspots' where the most biologically rich ecosystems are most threatened. (2015-09-08)

Turtle nesting threatened by logging practices in Gabon, Smithsonian warns
Endangered sea turtles are victims of sloppy logging practices in the west central African country Gabon, according to a study led by William Laurance, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The study will be published online in the journal Oryx later this month. (2008-03-14)

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