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 […]

Example of  pine wilting caused by pinewood nematodes. Credit: University of Illinois Extension
October 11th, 2014

Looking for Ways to Fight the Alien Invasion

SP-18: Stemming Invasions of Forest Insects and Pathogens: Research Supporting Pathway Risk Management and Phytosanitary Policy The principal pathway for invasive species to enter Europe is not through wood or logs, according to Alain Roques, but rather through the plants that people cultivate in their gardens and around their homes. “The most likely pathway is […]

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 […]

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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 […]

October 8th, 2014

Forests under pressure ̶ Local responses to global issues

New IUFRO-WFSE publication: Forests under pressure ̶Local responses to global issues We are pleased to announce that the newest book of the IUFRO Special Project World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO WFSE) Forests under pressure – Local responses to global issues and the related Issue Brief will be launched at the WFSE Technical Session in […]

Photo by Marco Simola for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 8th, 2014

Disentangling Plant Interactions with Tropospheric Ozone

G-02: Ozone and Forest Health   Tropospheric ozone (O3) is a criteria pollutant that is formed by the reaction of sunlight with ozone precursor molecules such as NOx and VOCs. While the formation of ozone is a natural process, anthropogenic production of ozone precursors through combustion and industrial processes can increase the concentration of O3 […]

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 […]

Human activities often fragment forests. Photo by Larry Korhnak.
October 7th, 2014

The forests they are a changin’

G-16: Forest Health in Changing Landscapes: The Roles of Landscape Pattern   Bob Dylan composed his famous song, “The Times They Are a Changing,” in response to social upheaval in the 1960s. He might as well have written it about today’s forests. Around the world, social and economic changes alter ecosystems at alarming rates (think […]

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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.

Source: Dan Aamlid, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Bugwood.org
October 7th, 2014

Shut Off That Engine!

G-01 Air Pollution as a Factor Affecting Global Forest Health Industrial growth has inevitably led to the emission of toxic gases into our atmosphere. When they exceed certain limits or concentrations, these gases are catastrophic and can turn deadly towards the very systems that sustain our survival. Like many ecosystems, forests can easily become a […]

Peter Mayer, director of the Austria Research Centre for Forests, moderates a sub-plenary session at the IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City.
October 7th, 2014

Heads of research and education institutions underline need of crossing science boundaries

SP-04 The IUFRO Director’s Forum: Crossing Science Boundaries for Benefit of Forests and People Leading research managers from around the world met Monday at the IUFRO World Congress to discuss challenges in forest science. The IUFRO Directors’ Forum is an initiative of IUFRO Research Group 9.02.00 “Management of Forest Research” that brings together heads of […]

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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 […]

A salmon carcass exerimentally placed in an Idaho streat tht once was home to naturally spawning salmon
October 1st, 2014

Shooting Trees for Science Because of Salmon

I looked down the dark grey barrel of the shotgun, pulled the trigger, and watched a small branch tumble down to the ground through the canopy (maybe after a couple of shots if it had been a stubborn ponderosa pine). My assistant and I bagged the sample and put it with the others to be […]

New Guinea fig specimen, georeferencing maps and habitat suitability model integrated in the Google Earth interface
Picture credit: Thomas Starnes, RBG Kew
September 30th, 2014

From 20th Century plant hunters to 21st Century forest modellers – the many uses of biological records in forest biodiversity conservation

What could early 20th Century plant hunters have to do with the contemporary conservation movement? Research conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew draws on plant collections made from the tropical rainforest of New Guinea over 60 years ago to help make predictions about the past, current and future distributions of ecologically and […]

A borer damage teak tree in Doginala Karnataka, India
September 27th, 2014

Renew the interest in Renewables to sustain forests and sustain people!

In this materialistic world, I used to wonder about the advances in material creation. All sophisticated gadgets and products make our life really livable! Often I am more fascinated by the real creations the trees make, each unique in its own way, so unique that only one species knows it all! So complicated they are […]

Murray River, Australia
(Photo Credit - Tim Philips)
September 25th, 2014

Australia’s Missing Woodland

KERANG, Australia – For thousands of years lush wetlands and dense wooded scrub flanked Australia’s greatest river, until it was largely drained and cut away less than two centuries ago. Now the land is changing again and into what, we do not yet know. On the banks of a major tributary of the great Murray […]

September 24th, 2014

Congress Spotlight #28: American Indian forestry: blending science and tradition

For thousands of years, American Indians have been managing the forests in which they live. Today, with trained professionals who are tribal members, their forests are managed with modern tools and methods; include manufacturing facilities and address global forest issues such as climate change, forest certification, carbon sequestration and a changing work force. But the […]

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. […]

Montesclaros monastry – the cradle of a scientific declaration intended to save the forests of the world - Jarkko Hantula
August 3rd, 2014

I have a dream on healthy future forests

I have a dream that one day the man will stop spreading new plant diseases from one location to another one. We hold it should be self-evident; that no one should introduce harmful organisms to new areas, where they may cause forest destruction. The old history covering the tales of Chestnut blight, White pine blister […]

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 […]

June 20th, 2014

Congress Spotlight #17 – Forest outlook: What does the future hold?

Forest researchers from around the world will gather at the IUFRO 24th World Congress in Salt Lake City this fall where one of the issues will be to address the future, and the related challenges, facing forests and forest management in the 21st century. Providing a sort of scientific crystal ball to give glimpses into the years […]