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 […]

Plenary 5, Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch: CIty Forests, Forest Cities-Exploring The Liaison Between The Sylvan And The Urban
October 12th, 2014

Fighting Nature-Deficit Disorder by Bringing Trees into Our Cities

Plenary 5: City Forests, Forest Cities – Exploring the complex liaison between the sylvan and the urban Urban forests bring a range of benefits to cities. They can cool the air, clean the atmosphere, and provide shade on hot summer days. But according to Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, perhaps most important of all is […]

Group walking logging roads. Credit: Sam Beebe
October 11th, 2014

America’s first forest stewards

A-11 American Indian Forestry American Indians practiced sustainable forest management before the time of Gifford Pinchot and the USDA Forest Service. Native peoples relied on forests for subsistence and cultural resources, and they actively managed forests for these values. Tribal forestry is still very alive today. One third of Indian land is forested, a total […]

Building A "Ca' da Mont" of Planezzo. Credit: Frattari
October 11th, 2014

Wood and Forest Culture

A-19: Wood and forest culture: merging the past with the present Wood has played a substantial role in the development of civilization, providing humans with building materials and fuel for thousands of years.  Session A-1 Wood and forest culture: merging the past with the present, examined the historical, religious, artistic, and other social values of […]

In East Asia, the two-person handsaw is often used for the primary breakdown of logs in small-scale forestry. P. Dugan
October 11th, 2014

Small Enough to Make a Difference

A-08B: Small-Scale and Community Forestry for People, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services   Small-scale forest owners play crucial roles in forest development. In the U.S. 42 percent of forest land national area is under private ownership. Small-scale forest areas are also significant suppliers of timber and other forest ecosystem services such as water quality, wildlife,  carbon […]

October 11th, 2014

The Future of IUFRO: Having Confidence in Our Own Ingenuity

SP-15: Historical Responses of Research to Global Forestry Issues   A panel that included four past presidents of IUFRO met to discuss responses to major forestry challenges over the past quarter century. Juergen Blaser, professor for International Forestry at the University of Bern, provided the keynote address of the sub-plenary and gave a narrative tracing […]

Carol J.P Colfer addresses audience at IUFRO 2014.
October 11th, 2014

The Only Sustainable World is an Equitable One

Plenary 4: The People and Forests Trajectory – 1994-2014 and Beyond  In much of the developing world women remain invisible in attempts to create sustainable forests because of issues related to equity and because they’re often excluded from governance. “We have been ignoring the potential of half the world’s population,” said Carol J.P. Colfer, who […]

Native forest reserve in Australia. In the past, these areas were used for timber production; now they're managed for conservation.
October 10th, 2014

Too Hot To Handle?  Insight on Human-Forest Conflict Management

A-16: Ethics and Values in Relation to Forest, Wildlife and Recreation Management   The forest is under increasing pressure to supply goods and services to various categories of stakeholders. The concept of multiple land use, where forest is managed for multiple purposes, is designed to handle this pressure, but more often than not, national forest […]

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

Theory lets you see the invisible

SP-12: Policy Learning for Multi-Level Governance Developing policy regardless of level is a complicated process. When looking at governance and policy across multiple levels — local, state, national, international — the complications tend to compound. This cluster of overlapping interests, demands, regulations, etc, becomes so difficult to comprehend that it’s essential to approach the discussion […]

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 […]

The ability of women to participate equally in community forestry varies from country to country. Photo by FAO.
October 10th, 2014

Sex and Forest Tenure

A-26: Impact of tenure arrangements on forests, livelihoods and gender dynamics A hush fell over the crowd. Heads turned as the candid speaker who remarked: “Would I encourage my daughter to study forestry? No. Would I encourage her to travel thousands of miles for conferences? To conduct research in dusty and remote places with no […]

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 […]

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 […]

CPF Award Ceremony
October 8th, 2014

Interview: Martha ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo – CPF 2014 Wangari Maathai Award Winner

At the XXVI IUFRO World Congress on Forest Science in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Martha ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo accepted the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) 2014 Wangari Maathai Award for her pioneering work to preserve forests and alleviate rural poverty in her native country. The Wangari Maathai Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual […]

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 […]

October 7th, 2014

Reassessing the value of forests to human wellbeing

A-01: Forests and Human Wellbeing: Life Satisfaction and Behavioral Approaches   Forests have been valued for timber supply and economic development for centuries.  In most developed and developing countries, timber makes a significant contribution to the national GDP. Profit from timber certainly adds to human wellbeing, but forests also provide other less tangible contributions to […]

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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.

Nicholas Brokaw presents findings on the long-term impacts of Maya occupation on the landscape.
October 7th, 2014

Deciding How We Want Our Landscapes to Look

A-17: Linking Landscape, Forests and People: The Historical Roots of Biocultural Diversity   The landscape we see around us today reflects decisions made and actions taken by many people over long periods of time. They made decisions about what trees to plant and where to plant them, how to modify the land for agriculture, which lands […]

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 […]

Ramps, ephemeral forest foods gathered in the spring in the southern Appalachian region.
October 7th, 2014

Foraging, food security, and forest management

SP-01 Forest Foods, Medicines and Human Health Delegates at IUFRO 2014 are excellent Often we just think that forests are trees. But, in fact, there’s a great complexity of plants, fungi and other organisms between the forest floor and the top of the tree canopy, many of them regularly used by humans for food, medicine […]

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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 7th, 2014

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

A-02 Forests and Human Health: The Role of Research Towards Evidence-Based Practice   Take a walk in the forest, it could add years to your life. It might even save it. Dr. Takahide Kagawa from Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute of Japan is showing through his work that forest therapy strengthens our immunity system […]

Dancer from Twoshields Production Co.
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 […]

CFI's Rural Innovation Campus allows local communities to experiment, pilot, and demonstrate new ideas in forest conservation in Pemba, Tanzania. (Credit: Community Forests Pemba)
September 29th, 2014

Plant a Tree, Grow a Friend

How does a grassroots organization match effective sustainable development with meaningful forest research in rural Africa? Through true partnership. There is something incredibly valuable about a community project starting out of friendship. The goals of the project then go beyond the scope of the project itself. Community Forests International began when Executive Director Jeff Schnurr’s […]

Fig. 1 Repeat photgraphs of Charikot, Dolakha District
September 29th, 2014

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Trees: Measuring the impacts of Nepal’s community forestry programme through repeat imagery

Who better to take care of the world’s forests than the people who live in and directly depend on them? Over the past 30 years, most developing countries have transitioned toward a decentralized system of forest management that gives local communities greater rights and responsibilities. Globally, land management rights for at least 10% (approximately 400 […]

Engaging with local people in forested landscape
September 27th, 2014

Managing natural capital for improved livelihoods

Forests are inextricably linked to our social and economic value, to our bonds with nature and to the health of all ecosystems. Forests have a central role to play as the world confronts the challenges of improved livelihoods for a growing population. If predictions prove correct, the world will need to shelter, feed, clothe, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wild edible fruits seeds and community participation approach. Credit: Dr. Deepak Dhyani
September 19th, 2014

Sustaining forests and people by conserving lesser known underutilised wild edibles

Hundreds of millions of poor people around the world depend directly or indirectly on forests for their livelihoods and subsistence. There is huge demand of natural food products to fulfil nutritional requirements of many living amid forests in remote and inaccessible tracts. Most of the times nutritional and food security questions of communities especially dwelling […]

A typical landscape degradation of Zagros forests by local community and villagers
September 12th, 2014

A new approach beyond an ancient history: Lessons from Community Forestry Management in Iran’s Semi-arid Oak Forests

For millions of years, forests and people across the Zagros forest of Iran evolved together, creating perhaps the most unique socio-ecological system in the world. From one of the earliest stories ever written in 2700 BC. about Mesopotamian civilization “To provide the timber to build the city of Gilgamesh, the forests of the Zagros range east of […]

Women workers finish assembling furniture. Jepara, Central Java, Indonesia. Photo credit: CIFOR
September 10th, 2014

Carving a place for women’s rights in Indonesia’s furniture trade

JEPARA, Indonesia — Women have worked with wood for centuries in Jepara, the capital of Indonesia’s thriving carved teak and mahogany furniture industry. Unfortunately, recently the trees and the women whose lives depend on them have not gotten a very good deal. After decades of over-exploitation, Indonesia’s stocks of teak and mahogany are dwindling. If […]

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. […]

Picture shows the workers' compound in FSC-certified concession and the workers coming back from work. Credit Edouard Essiane, CIFOR.
August 26th, 2014

Certifying logging concessions certifies social benefits in Congo Basin

When it comes to sustaining forests so that they can sustain people, forest certification has been heralded as an important tool for improved forest stewardship. The jury is still out on just how much forest certification schemes can tackle deforestation and forest degradation. But a recent study by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) […]

Gold harvest by rural women
August 22nd, 2014

The generous golden shrub!

Yes, there is a generous shrub that gives gold! Can you believe this? Do you want to know more about it? OK, we talk about the generous mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus) that generates money to rural women! The Money comes from the gold which exists within the fruits of the shrub. Difficult to assimilate? Don’t […]

Community of Practice for Forest Management Decision Support Systems
August 11th, 2014

The future of Forest Management Decision Support Systems

Decision making in Forest Management can be supported in many ways. Decision Support Systems (DSS) are computer-based systems which provide support in solving ill-structured decision problems. Decision makers are able to interact with research models and database management systems. The expert knowledge of scientists, managers, and decision makers is combined to support specific decision making […]

On of our Study Village
August 4th, 2014

How can forests in a green economy contribute to resilient rural livelihood in South Africa?

The need to decouple livelihood activities from forest degradation is increasingly becoming an important developmental challenge in most rural communities in South Africa. In most rural communities across South Africa forest resources are found to be a significant contributor to household’s welfare and livelihood. In some instances, forest resources serves as a reserve of products […]

Afforestation close to desert in Iran
August 3rd, 2014

Forest and sustainable developments in regions with low precipitation

Forest development in regions with low precipitation is not easy, because water is very important for people who are living in arid and semiarid areas and the first priority of people for available water will be for living and agricultural products. In order to find a practical way for afforestation development and optimal and viable […]

An important benefit of tree planting is the provision of firewood. Credit to Author.
July 24th, 2014

What motivates farmers in Malawi to plant trees?

“Trees provide shade, shelter from heavy winds, fresh air and they also beautify the home,” says Grace, a farmer from the village of Mchanao in southern Malawi, as we sit under the shade of a mango tree beside the small house where she lives with her five children. “I really love to see trees around.” […]