October 13th, 2014

Salt Lake City Declaration

SUSTAINING FORESTS, SUSTAINING PEOPLE: THE ROLE OF RESEARCH THE SALT LAKE CITY DECLARATION Forests and trees play a critical role in supporting the livelihoods and quality of life of people worldwide, providing income opportunities, sustaining agricultural productivity, food security and nutrition, providing adequate supplies of clean water, affordable and sustainable sources of renewable energy and […]

Central Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Canada Credit: Leigh R. Hilbert
October 11th, 2014

Beyond Timber

B01: The Future of Ecosystem Services from Forests In Malaysia, one hectare of forest is valued at $500, but once converted to an oil palm plantation, the value skyrockets to $25,000. Across the globe, natural ecosystems are worth less than land that is converted to agriculture. In the presence of such economic disparities, how then […]

CIFOR scientists are working alongside Brazil nut harvesters to measure the production of Brazil nut trees and determine the impact of selective logging. Marco Simola/CIFOR
October 11th, 2014

Changing Needs and Changing Policies in Tropical Forest Management

B-09B: What is the Future for Tropical Silviculture?   When it comes to forest management, the future of tropical forests is a high priority concern. However, the diverse demands for timber, biodiversity, non-timber products, and water quality are often at odds with one another. In order to ensure not only that these demands can be […]

Photo by Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 10th, 2014

Restoring the World Forests, One Species at a Time

B-08: Forest Regeneration: Challenges and Prospects   When nine forest scientists from all around the world are put in one room to talk about forest regeneration, it’s very likely the international audience will learn about many tree species. From South America, to western Australia, to the Rocky Mountains, the speakers divulged an array of plant […]

Source: Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
October 10th, 2014

Managing the Mountains

B12: Forest Management in Mountain Communities   Mountains cover 24 percent of the Earth’s land surface and are home to 12 percent of the global human population. While mountains may seem harsh and rugged, the plant and animal communities they support are actually quite fragile and sensitive to change. This adds another layer of complexity […]

Photo by Mokhammad Edliadi for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 10th, 2014

Forests as Supermarkets, Gyms, and Insurance Companies

SP-09 Forests for People: Ecosystem Services Under Pressure?   Walking into this session I was prepared for grim predictions about resource scarcity and ecosystem collapse. The session tagline was pretty foreboding—“Ecosystem services under pressure?” It was totally a misnomer! Rather than doom and gloom, the four speakers related stories about forests’ value to people. They […]

October 10th, 2014

Integration and Communication to Bridge the Gap between Science and Management

Plenary 3 Panel: Knowledge Discovery, Synthesis, and Application at the Forest Science/Management Interface   How can we effectively integrate the many ways of understanding forests to create the best paradigms to manage them? That was the question that moderator Nalini Nadkami, professor of biology at the University of Utah, posed to a panel of five […]

Jack Dangermond on the wonders of Web GIS. Source: Schramm
October 9th, 2014

Discovering Knowledge through Geography and the Inconspicuous Proletariat

Plenary 3: Knowledge Discovery, Synthesis, and Application at the Forest Science/Management Interface   The planet is evolving, according to Jack Dangermond, and geography as a science is playing a key role in that evolution. Dangermond, who is the founder and president of ESRI, addressed the third plenary session of the 2014 IUFRO World Congress. “We […]

Source: Toby Eberle
October 9th, 2014

Stunning Sights on Antelope Island

IC-08 Hydrology and International Bird Migration in the Great Salt Lake   The fourth-largest terminal lake in the world (no outlet), the Great Salt Lake supports between 2 and 5 million shorebirds, as many as 1.7 million eared grebes, and hundreds of thousands of waterfowl during spring and fall migration. The lake is the largest […]

View from the Snowbird Tram with the Spyglass App showing the location, elevation, azimuth, and slope steepness from the top to the bottom. Source: Bill Elliot
October 9th, 2014

What’s Going On with Alpine Water?

IC-01 Alpine Hydrology – understanding snow science, water, and climate change in alpine environments   The Wasatch Range of Utah was the perfect place for tour participants to discuss impacts of large-scale tree mortality. The central topic of this tour was the hydrological and hazard impacts of the beetle epidemic, with some specific notes on […]

David Newberry
October 8th, 2014

Video: David Newberry Keynote Address

On Maintaining Cycles and Feedbacks in Tropical Forest Ecosystems: Some thoughts from Basic Research Despite a long tradition of continued research into the ecology of natural rain forests many insights have still to be acknowledged and applied properly in forest management. Relevant advice continues to be largely ignored, and this has important consequences for conservation […]

Steve Johnson, ITTO speaks at IUFRO President's Discussion. Credit: Ramin Korchidi
October 8th, 2014

President’s Discuss Emerging Issues in Forest Policy and Practice

President’s Discussion 2014 Emerging Issues in Forest Policy and Practice: Input from Stakeholders to the Science Community The President’s Discussion has become a valued feature of any IUFRO World Congress. The discussion at this year’s Congress focused on identifying with stakeholder’s emerging issues in forest policy and practice. Research in any field has to serve their […]

Liu Jinlong and fellow presenters discuss Cultural Values, Quality of Life, and Forest Landscapes
October 8th, 2014

Pondering the Role of Culture in Sustainable Forest Management

SP-06 Cultural values, quality of life and forest landscapes   Scientists are always questioning. They question popular theories, basic assumptions, statistical methods, simplified models, and so on and so forth. Sometimes all I want is a straight answer. If I was seeking one today, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time! Speakers […]

David Newbery calls for a return to basic science at the 2014 IUFRO World Congress.
October 8th, 2014

Seeking a Middle Way in Ecological Research

Plenary 2: On Maintaining Cycles and Feedbacks in Tropical Forest Ecosystems: Some Thoughts from Basic Research   David Newbery has been searching for a better way of doing science for years. “It is time to return to basic science in forestry,” he said. “It is time to be more reflective and modest.” Newbery, who is […]

Forests provide ecological and cultural value that must be measured. Source: David Stephens, Bugwood.org
October 7th, 2014

Ecosystem Services Need to Be Incorporated Into Forest Management

Session B-05A: The benefits of introducing the ecosystem service concept in forest management and planning at different spatial scales   The world’s forests are in a state of flux: land-use change, climate change, deforestation, afforestation, wildfires, pathogen outbreaks. In the face of both anthropogenic and natural forces, now more than ever, there is a need […]

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October 7th, 2014

Video: Forest Service Research – Protecting a Rich Legacy

This video tells the grand story of America’s long history of forest research and management. From the beginnings of the U.S. Forest Service with Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot to the highly skilled forest scientists around the country, America’s forests are a legacy worth protecting.

USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Bugwood.org
October 7th, 2014

Can Planted Forests Assist in Restoring Ecosystem Services?

B-14 Ecosystem Services Provided by Planted Forests If I stood completely still and simply listened, I could actually hear the beetles ravaging the inner cambium of the pine trees that surrounded me. Bark and frass fell upon the snow around the base of the tree, providing even further evidence of the beetles taking hold of […]

Severe outbreaks of mountain pine beetle can throw a cog in forest ecosystems. Photo courtesy of Bugwood.org
October 7th, 2014

Cogs in the Works of Ecosystem Resilience

SP-03 Forest Health in a Changing world. A cog in the works usually means interference at the least, possibly irreparable damage to a system. From time to time, certain factors (cogs) affect natural systems, influencing their capacities to regenerate or adapt to changes following natural or even human-induced disturbances. Speakers in the plenary session explored […]

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October 7th, 2014

Can You Put a Price on Nature?

SP-02 Integrating the Economics of Ecosystem Services into Sustainable Forest Management How much would you pay for beautiful mountain views? How much for forests that purify your drinking water, or the protection of solitary and remote wilderness? If you’re struggling to come up with a dollar amount, you’re not alone. Valuating nature is a challenging […]

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October 6th, 2014

XXVI World Congress on Forest Science is Underway

Nearly 4,000 scientists and experts from more than 105 countries have convened for the 24th IUFRO World Congress & SAF/CIF Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA this week to share their research and discuss the leading issues facing the world’s forests. Conference attendees were awed by a traditional song and dance performance by Native […]

Atlas Moth
September 30th, 2014

Insects as bio-indicators for monitoring landscape biodiversity

One of the major crises we face today is the ever-growing mass extinction of living beings caused by human activities. Our knowledge of global biodiversity and extinction is very limited, but of the 5 to 50 million species believed to exist, conservative estimates points to about 17500 being lost each year, that is, 2 species […]

A peatland in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, where degraded peat swamp forest (left) abuts an area recently drained and converted into an oil palm plantation (mature plantings are visible in the background); pioneer species are regenerating in the foreground, amidst felled forest trees, ferns and young oil palms.  [Image taken by L.E.S.Cole.]
September 30th, 2014

A plug for peat

The challenge of conserving tropical peat amidst the rising tide of oily palms “Tropical peat swamps….what, like bogs?” asks a friend, hearing about my research for the first time. “Yes, bogs with trees on top,” I reply. “Why peat bogs?” they ask, entirely bemused. Good question. Tropical peat swamp forests are full of mosquitoes, infested […]

Fodder, firewood, planting-cuttings, construction poles, etc., all products from a single tree. (Photo by Dr. Mulubrahn Balehegn)
September 24th, 2014

The tree that saved a village

I hate to do this but I have to ask you to mentally retrieve your visual memory of the horrific images of the infamous famine of the early eighties in Northern Ethiopia that caused mass starvation, death and migration. Repeated droughts during those years did not only result in exhaustion of food reserves across drought […]

Lush beauty, food security and carbon capture in compact packages. Photo Credit: Eskil Mattsson
September 23rd, 2014

Analog Forestry: re-establishing natural biodiversity

Agroforestry must be hailed for its decisive implications for small-scale and marginal farmers. Besides producing a wider assortment of crops agroforestry also provides important benefits in terms of ecosystem services and local biodiversity. As we mark the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, lets understand – It’s not about best practice, but best fit. In […]

August 29th, 2014

Congress Spotlight #26: To manage forests sustainably – think synergy

A comprehensive study of the conditions that assist sustainable forest development will be published at the upcoming IUFRO World Congress this fall in Salt Lake City, USA. The title of the publication, produced by the IUFRO Special Project on World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO-WFSE), is Forests Under Pressure – Local Responses to Global Issues. […]

July 1st, 2014

Announcing the #IUFRO2014 Blog Competition

Showcase your Research and Projects! Ahead of the upcoming IUFRO World Congress, we want to provide a platform for you to showcase your work and enter for a chance to win a cash prize of $500 USD! We know that there is a lot of interesting work being conducted around the world and that a […]