When we were growing up, we thought that the only really tall trees in the western U.S. were giant redwoods in northwestern California. It wasn’t until Richard moved to Oregon in the early 1960s that he discovered not only are redwoods exceptionally...
Fire plays an important role in maintaining healthy forests, but wildfires are changing. Glance at headlines from all over the globe and you’ll see wildfires are growing more intense and destructive, endangering human lives and entire ecosystems.
Photos from the book Rainforest showcase the beauty and diversity of our planet's rainforests.
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?
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...
The landscapes of North America, including eastern forests, have been shaped by humans for millennia, through fire, agriculture, hunting, and other means.
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.
Island Press authors share their creative ideas for offsetting the damaging environmental impacts of the Trump administration.
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?
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