Archive for the ‘Forests’ Category

Tree day

Okay, for most people this (or was) Thursday but me it’s Tree day. Why you ask? Well, first I went on my daily walk at lunch to the local library and came across the book The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

I’ve just read the foreword but I like what I’ve read. You can read about the author and his book in the article entitled “German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too” by

Then I came across this article at work today entitled “Scientists report why forests with more tree types grow better, faster over at the West Fargo Pioneer. Of course the article comes from Duluth, Minnesota, where our family has gone on vacation for the last couple of years and where there are lots of trees!

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Green Librarian

Forest language

Now if watching the trees in the forest change colors isn’t your think, then how about the language of the forest? Okay, it isn’t quite what it seems. As a history buff, this article on what the author describes as a language as old as the Vikings, peaked my interest.

The article, entitled “This forest language from the age of Vikings may soon disappear: Elfdalian is spoken by less than 2,500 people in Swedish town.” by Michael d’Estries over at the Mother Nature Network, is really about the people who live in this part of Sweden and the language they speak. Cool, at least to me!

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Forest colors

So over the last couple of weeks, since the kids and I took a walk in Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park, I’ve been keeping my eyes on the changing color of the leaves and I must say, so far there’s been little change. Then the other day I came across this somewhat older article entitled “Why Fall Colors Are Different in U.S. and Europe” by Andrea Thompson over at Live Science.

What I actually found most interesting are the reasons behind why the colors are different. How the ice ages, as well as the (you guessed it), the migration of plants and animals played a role in all of this.

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Fading forests

Reading this article makes me appreciate forests even more. It’s entitled “Ghost forests are eerie evidence of rising seas”   over at the Grist. While I’m not around forest much these days, I’m much more aware of the smaller things in life. Like the grasshoppers and bugs in my front yard.

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The Forest Unseen

I learned so much about what lies and lives beneath and around the trees in a forest from the book The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell. All I can say is that this is a great book and I highly recommend it.

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Forest fires

So it’s back up in the nineties here in St. Louis again and what topic do I pick to post about but, fire which in turn always reminds me of the book “Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout” by Philip Conners.

Reading this article tonight however, entitled “Let it burn: Smokey was wrong. You can’t prevent wildfires, and you shouldn’t try” b over at the Grist was an eye-opener to say the least. The most surprising part was the fact that climate change plays a rather minor role when it comes to forest fires. Learn something new everyday.

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Forest rebirth

This is a really cool story about a forest that is reborn. In 2012 Conservation International began the Green Wall project, a reforestation in the Gunung Gede-Pangrango National Park, about two hours’ drive from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Four years later, the evidence is clear, according to the article entitled “Before and after: In four short years, new forest takes root” by . See for yourself in the amazing before and after pictures of not only the forest but the people who live there.

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