Phys .org: NASA forest structure mission releases first data

Phys .org: NASA forest structure mission releases first data . “NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation mission (GEDI) released its first publicly available data on January 21, 2020, giving researchers access to measurements of forests around the world.”

University of Washington: Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database

University of Washington: Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database. “Researchers from the University of Washington and Michigan Technological University have created the first comprehensive database of all the wildfire fuels that have been measured across North America. Called the North American Wildland Fuel Database, the tool incorporates the best available measurements of vegetation in specific locations, and allows fire managers to see where information about fuels is missing altogether.”

The Verge: MrBeast partners with more than 600 YouTubers, including PewDiePie and MKBHD, to plant 20 million trees

The Verge: MrBeast partners with more than 600 YouTubers, including PewDiePie and MKBHD, to plant 20 million trees. “More than 600 YouTubers are teaming up to take on one of the biggest fundraising challenges the platform has ever seen: raising $20 million by the end of the year to plant 20 million trees.”

The New York Times: Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers

The New York Times: Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers. ” This village in West Sumatra, a lush province of volcanoes and hilly rainforests, had a problem with illegal loggers…. So, residents asked a local environmental group for camera traps or some other equipment that might help. In July, they got more than they expected: a treetop surveillance system that uses recycled cellphones and artificial intelligence software to listen for rogue loggers and catch them in the act.”

CNBC: Google buys 40 acres of farmland in Silicon Valley so it can grow trees for its campuses

CNBC: Google buys 40 acres of farmland in Silicon Valley so it can grow trees for its campuses. “The Alphabet-owned company spent $2.1 million on 40 acres of land in Gilroy, California, according to a recent report by the San Jose Mercury News. The intent is to use the property as a tree farm to produce foliage for its existing and new campuses, a company spokesperson told CNBC.”

The Eagle: Texas A&M, forestry experts create interactive map of regional timber resources

The Eagle: Texas A&M, forestry experts create interactive map of regional timber resources. “The interactive map of 13 Southern states… estimates the amount of timberland, standing timber, trucking time of sites and the growth and removals within different distances.”

Tree ‘fingerprinting’: a new weapon to defend forests (The Nation Thailand)

The Nation (Thailand): Tree ‘fingerprinting’: a new weapon to defend forests . “A timeworn laboratory in Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens may not seem like the obvious epicentre of efforts to halt international illegal logging. Beakers bubble away on a hotplate, while suspect guitars that have been sent by customs officials for testing sit on top of shelves lined with tattered old journals and reference books in a multitude of languages. But scientists at the Wood Anatomy Laboratory, part of the research centre at the gardens in Kew, southwest London, are working on a new global project to help precisely identify the origin and species of timber.”

Oregon Wild: New mapping tool shows shocking extent of logging across Oregon

Oregon Wild: New mapping tool shows shocking extent of logging across Oregon. “In a state covered in nearly 30 million acres of forested lands, it can be difficult to get a sense of the scale and extent of logging across Oregon. Sure, you can pass miles of clearcuts and young plantations as you drive to the coast, but most forest lands aren’t accessible from major highways. A view from above, looking down from an airplane window for example, can give you a better sense, but this is still just a snapshot in time. This is one reason Oregon Wild volunteer Ricardo Morin spent hundreds of hours over the past year developing a ‘Logging in Oregon’ web tool for analyzing the extent of logging on both public and private lands in Oregon, both historically and recently. (Check out some of his other cool mapping work for Oregon Wild here.)”

Geospatial World: NASA and FAO jointly develop a new forest and landscape monitoring tool

Geospatial World: NASA and FAO jointly develop a new forest and landscape monitoring tool. “A new way of looking at the dense forests and tall trees has been devised as NASA and FAO( UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization) joined hands to create a new open-access tool. The initiative, which is backed by Google Earth Engine Team and the US governments SilverCarbon Program, permits any user to monitor change in landscape patterns across the globe.”

Science Daily: Tropical trees in the Andes are moving up — toward extinction

Science Daily: Tropical trees in the Andes are moving up — toward extinction. “… UM researchers joined forces with 18 other researchers from around the world to create a new database that tracks the livelihoods of thousands of highland trees in 186 plots of land situated throughout what is known as the Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot. Sitting at elevations from 300 to over 3,000 meters above sea level, most of the plots are about the size of an American football field and have been inventoried multiple times over the past couple decades. Collectively, these forest plots contain an astonishing diversity — a total of 120 different plant families, 528 genera, and more than 2,000 tree species.”

VietnamPlus: Finland helps Vietnam build forestry database

VietnamPlus: Finland helps Vietnam build forestry database. “Vietnam has set up a fully integrated forestry information database under a project funded by the Finnish Government, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said at a recent conference in Hanoi. Data from forests across the country and more than 1.4 million forest owners have been integrated in the Management Information System (MIS) for sustainable management of forest resources. Forest owners are organisations, households, individuals and communities that are assigned or leased forests by the State.”

Seeing REDD: a database of forest carbon emissions reduction projects (Mongabay)

Mongabay: Seeing REDD: a database of forest carbon emissions reduction projects. “A searchable database of initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is now available through the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).”

Lonely Planet: See California’s redwood forests for free and help protect them into the future

Lonely Planet: See California’s redwood forests for free and help protect them into the future. “Redwood State Parks contain part of the ancient coastal forest that originally spanned more than 2.2 million acres along California’s Big Sur Coast and north into Oregon. The gigantic trees were heavily hit by the demand for lumber following the 1849 Gold Rush, suffering a devastating reduction to cover only 5% of their original range. Thankfully, conservation efforts launched 100 years ago to help save the lumbering giants, which are now a huge attraction to nature-loving visitors in California.” An online guide to the 80+ redwood forest parks in California launches later this month.

DigitalNC: Images and Vertical Files from our Newest Partner, the Forest History Society

DigitalNC: Images and Vertical Files from our Newest Partner, the Forest History Society. “Photographs and vertical files from our newest partner, The Forest History Society, are now online at DigitalNC. The Forest History Society is a nonprofit organization located in Durham, North Carolina, that is dedicated to the collection and preservation of materials concerning forest history and conservation. The Forest History Society represents information about forestry around the world, but the materials now up on DigitalNC are specific to North Carolina.”