Woodlands Articles

  • The Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials: biology with bite

    Dr Marissa Parrott reveals the trials and tribulations of studying one of Australia’s carnivorous marsupials – the somewhat fierce, and certainly fascinating, Agile Antechinus. Predators come in all shapes and sizes, and Australia’s carnivorous marsupials are no exception. From miniscule marsupials weighing just a few grams, to Tasmanian Devils, which reach dog-sized ...


    By CSIRO Publishing

  • Drought and flooding rains

    Walter Jehne, former CSIRO Climate Scientist and Microbiologist, founder of Healthy Soils Australia, has written a 3-part document on drought in Australia and in it he demonstrates many scientific facts about how we should be managing our soils. There are many fascinating revelations in his scientific analysis such as how the removal of vegetation affects rainfall or how the lowering of soil ...

  • Learn to Diagnose Problems in Your Trees, Including New Beech Disease

    A mystery illness is hitting northeast Ohio’s American beech trees. Called beech leaf disease, it’s causing striped and curled leaves, weak buds, and sometimes the death of saplings. It seems to be spreading fast, too. “And we really don’t know what’s causing it,” said Kathy Smith, forestry ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Biomass harvesting: how forest thinning can help prevent wildfires

    Every year, wildfires plague the nation. Once there’s an ignition source, dry foliage in country areas can quickly go up in flames, spreading through woodlands or grasslands quickly. While some wildfires can be small, others can be devastating and blaze through thousands of acres. While there’s no way to predict where wildfires may start, there are ways to minimize the damage of ...


    By Uzelac Industries, Inc

  • Case study - Back Sand Point

    As part of the £3.5 million hazardous landfill restoration project at involving 250,000 tonnes of restoration material we were contracted by local firm KLR to hydroseed over 100,000m2 in two stages using an Emorsgate wildflower seed mixture. In addition to the hydroseeding works, we also planted over 6,000 bare root trees and shrubs across the site, helping transform the once blighted land ...


    By RMB Hydroseeding

  • Effect of sowing year and seedbed type on yield and yield component in bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L) Verdc) in woodland savannahs of Cote d`Ivoire

    Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea) is one of the most promising food legumes in Africa, due to its agronomic and nutritional potential. To take advantage of these attributes, several research programmes gathering agronomic and genetic ...

  • Sustaining Mali’s Inner Niger Delta

    The Inner Niger Delta in central Mali is a giant green oasis on the edge of the Sahara desert. It is one of the country’s most productive areas, but also among its poorest. At the height of the wet season, when the River Niger is swollen by heavy rainfall in Guinea, an area the size of Belgium, from Mopti to Tombouctou, turns into a landscape of lakes. As I discovered on a previous ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Recreational value of regional forests: the case of Belgium’s Walloon region

    The Walloon forest 1 , which is geographically close to densely populated areas of Atlantic Europe, fulfils an important recreational function. Two surveys were set up, among which a large-scale statistical survey in 40 woodlands, distributed throughout the Walloon forest and resulting in over 4,000 questionnaires collected. These give information about the recreational activities carried out ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • If Our Planet Had a Say, Here’s Where Future Roads Would Go

    A new global ‘roadmap’ shows where to put roads for maximum benefit and least cost to the Earth. “The best thing you could do for the Amazon is to blow up all the roads.” These might sound like the words of an eco-terrorist, but it’s actually a direct quote from ...


    By Ensia

  • The European Grassland Butterfly Indicator: 1990–2011

    This report presents the European Grassland Butterfly Indicator, based on national Butterfly Monitoring Schemes (BMS) in 19 countries across Europe, most of them in the European Union. The indicator shows that since 1990 till 2011 butterfly populations have declined by almost 50 %, indicating a dramatic loss of grassland biodiversity. This also means the situation has not improved since the ...

  • Forest property insurance: an application to Portuguese woodlands

    Fire is the biggest forest hazard, especially in Mediterranean climate countries, leading to desertification and collapse (Naveh, 2007). Wildfire is among the most dramatic threats to forests (Goldammer, 2004). In many countries, it is not easy to find companies that want to insure forests stands. This can be explained by the following reasons. Firstly, in many countries, forest insurance is not ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Woodland Burial Sites

    The Funeralcare Co-operative Plan Bee Wildflower Meadow Creation As part of the ambitious Plan Bee project (which aims to save the plight of honey bees and pollinators across the UK), the Funeralcare Co-operative Woodland Burial Sites have been awarded funding to create bee friendly wildflower corridors. BritishFlora are managing the habitat ...


    By BritishFlora

  • Grow to Order and Seed Collection

    Local provenance planting is important to help restore our natural habitats and retain the genetic integrity of plant populations and is strongly recommended for projects within or near environmentally sensitive areas. Forward planning is essential when undertaking local provenance seed collection as there are seasonal constraints such as seed maturation time, finding seed donor sites and gaining ...


    By BritishFlora

  • How can we create jobs, reduce food prices and boost economies?

    The fate of heads of state across the globe is tied in large part to their ability to ensure employment, economic growth, and access to cheap food and clean water. Rising food prices have helped topple dictators across the Middle East. Europe, the United States, Japan and other major economies are spending trillions of dollars to restore growth and jobs. Too often, efforts to address ...

  • Forests at work: A new model for local land protection

    To date, traditional public land acquisition programs have played a relatively small role in the conservation and sustainable management of southern U.S. forests. The South trails behind other U.S. regions in both the percent of the land base and the acres per capita conserved in parks, wildlife refuges, wilderness, and other protective categories. Working forests offer a new model for scaling ...

  • Composting in Wiltshire-schools

    Background - St Laurence is a popular 11-18 Church of England Comprehensive School in Bradford- on-Avon, with specialist performing arts status. They achieved their bronze Eco-School status in April 2007 and are well on their way to achieving their silver award. The school's eco-group call themselves ECO (Environmental Care Organisation) and meet every few weeks. The group is facilitated by ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Forests at work: A new model for local land protection

    To date, traditional public land acquisition programs have played a relatively small role in the conservation and sustainable management of southern U.S. forests. The South trails behind other U.S. regions in both the percent of the land base and the acres per capita conserved in parks, wildlife refuges, wilderness, and other protective categories. Working forests offer a new model for scaling ...

  • The Woodlands Country Club, Woodlands, Texas - Case study

    Project Name: The Woodlands Country Club Product: Grasspave2  Application: Fire Lane City: Woodlands State/Province: Texas Install Date: NA Install ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Exxon Mobile Conference Center, The Woodlands, Texas - Case study

    Project Name: Exxon Mobile Conference Center Product: Grasspave2  Application: Fire Lane City: The Woodlands State/Province: Texas Install Date:  prior 2003 ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Earth out of sync rising temperatures throwing off seasonal timing

    A newly hatched chick waits with hungry mouth agape for a parent to deliver its first meal. A crocus peaks up through the snow. Rivers flow swiftly as ice breaks up and snows melt. Sleepy mammals emerge from hibernation, and early frog songs penetrate the night. Spring awakening has long provided fodder for poets, artists, and almanac writers. Even for a notoriously fickle time of sunshine, ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

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