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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 […]

White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Credit: SJQuinney Library
October 11th, 2014

Sustainable Management of Spruce-dominated Ecosystems in Response to Climate Change: Lessons from North America and Europe

C-27: Sustainable Management Of Spruce Dominated Ecosystems in Response to Climate Change Spruce trees are some of the most important trees in many parts of Europe. They form the backbone of the wood processing industries, and provide a variety of materials and services. The idea behind this session was to discuss some of the emerging […]

Mangrove forests or grow at tropical and subtropical latitudes near the equator and line about two-thirds of the coastlines in tropical areas of the world. Photo by NOAA.
October 11th, 2014

Tracking Down Carbon in Water-Soaked Forests

C-28: Methods for Assessing Carbon Stocks in Mangrove and Coastal Wetland Systems   In this session, presenters explored different techniques used to estimate the amount of carbon stored in mangrove forests, coastal wetlands, and peatlands. Research suggests that these systems have the potential to stock enormous amounts of carbon, both in the above ground biomass […]

One of the main reasons for establishing the REDD+ program was to reduce carbon emissions associated with deforestation in developing countries. Photo by CIFOR.
October 10th, 2014

How are we Doing so Far? An Appraisal of Experiences in Implementing REDD+ Initiatives

C03: Understanding the Relationships Among Biodiversity, Carbon, and People for REDD+Forests One of the main reasons for establishing the REDD+ program was to reduce carbon emissions associated with deforestation in developing countries. The program offers incentives for those countries to invest in low carbon paths to sustainable development, and emphasizes the role of conservation and […]

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 […]

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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 […]

3D vegetation structure of mangrove forests of Colombia measured with interferometric radar and lidar data. Courtesy of NASA.
October 9th, 2014

Watching Carbon from the Skies

C-16: Remote Sensing in Carbon Balance Evaluation and Monitoring Carbon monitoring increasingly turns up as a major topic of concern because of the implications for climate change predictions. Scientists are very interested in developing accurate, reliable and repeatable ways to measure carbon. Remote sensing (RS) technologies provide unparalleled tools for doing just that. This session brought together […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

Ecosystem based adaptation in Nepal, photo: Dharam
October 1st, 2014

Reducing Vulnerability and enhance socio-ecological resilience in the face of climate change

Many evidences documented and published by scholarly organizations, and scholars have revealed that climate change (CC) affects people, plants, and animals in many ways. Observed effects of CC include changes in the range and distribution of plants and animals, trees blooming earlier, lengthening of growing seasons, sea level rise, melting glaciers, dried of water sources […]

Photo illustrated seedlings of Artocarpus Chaplasha, an important commercial forest species in Bangladesh under high scenario of climate change (Photo: M. Al Amin).
October 1st, 2014

A Success Story of Forest Research Collaboration

This is my pleasure to inform you about a success story on sketching future forests of Bangladesh applying climate change scenarios in a generic version i.e. similar method you may apply to draw your future forest. This is a collaborative project between the foresters of Bangladesh (IFESCU) and USA (USDA). Bangladesh is a South Asian […]

Aerial view of a vast mangrove ecosystem in Bintuni Bay, West Papua showing colonization of Avicinea marina in the mudflat
Photo credit: Daniel Murdiyarso
September 25th, 2014

Finding a level playing field for mangroves

BOGOR, Indonesia – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them. As you move landward from the sea, the amount of salt dissolved in the water […]

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]