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A colorful frog on a branch. Photo by Thomas Marent.

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On September 19th, 2019

Photos from the book Rainforest showcase the beauty and diversity of our planet's rainforests.

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By Jada Mosley / On April 16th, 2019

We turned to some of our authors to find out—What do they think will be the most pressing climate change issue in the next 50 years? Why?

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By Richard Waring / On February 18th, 2019

Unlike most annual crops, the roots of long-lived trees can penetrate through soils to great depth to reach water (Figure 1).  If we can’t tell how deeply roots penetrate, how do we determine when trees run out of water?  One way is to monitor the...

By Jada Mosley / On February 8th, 2019

The landscapes of North America, including eastern forests, have been shaped by humans for millennia, through fire, agriculture, hunting, and other means.

By Maggie Hart Stebbins, Paul Summerfelt / On March 29th, 2018

If you’ve got clean, abundant water, thank a forest — and do what you can to protect it. Don’t wait for the well, or the taps, to run dry.

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By Katharine Sucher / On November 8th, 2017

Island Press authors share their creative ideas for offsetting the damaging environmental impacts of the Trump administration.

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By Joe Landsberg, Richard Waring / On November 2nd, 2017

Wouldn’t it be a splendid irony if reaction to Trump’s short-sighted stupidity led to an increase in tree planting that might otherwise be difficult to achieve?

By Edward Struzik / On October 2nd, 2017

In a world of bigger, hotter fires, it is time to think of forests as vital infrastructure, and to invest in preserving these resources for the future

foreword Friday

By Katharine Sucher / On March 24th, 2017

International Day of Forests was on Tuesday, March 21. While reflecting on the day, we asked Joe Landsberg and Richard Waring, authors of Forests in Our Changing World, if days like...

By Richard Waring, Joe Landsberg / On January 30th, 2017

For a long time we ecologists thought that we could predict not only how forests would grow but also how their composition was likely to change over time.  And we could predict the effects of management actions: for example, If we chose to thin stands of...

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