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Book Presentation: Trees of Life – Our Forests in Peril

What we do to earth we do to ourselves - What we do to our forests we do to ourselves!

Notes of the Author

My concerns are international and my book compares the wisdom our Native American culture developed about the details of nature to the values our western culture places on nature. Our indigenous people lived with nature and were required to understand the complexity and detail of their surroundings to survive. 34 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service and after reviewing the curriculum of most forestry schools in the US, I find the focus of our science to be on what we can take from the forests rather than what is needed to keep our remaining forests healthy, vigorous and, above all else maintain or improve the diversity of the forest mosaic. I am suggesting intensive forest management that recognizes and manages the unique individual forest communities that make up our forests. I truly believe that diversity is the key to sustainability, balance and health of our remaining forests. Focusing our efforts on the needs of the remaining forested lands will provide the valuable natural resources from pour forests we have relied on for hundreds of years.Brian E. Stout
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Forestry Sector Market Survey: Use of Forest Information Technologies & Marketing of Forestry Services and Products

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Making Biochar out of Slash: Agroforestry Report from Guatemala

Application in practice: A guide on how to make biochar out of slash with low-tech methods instead of simply burning the slash. The biochar can be used to enhance soil quality and improve water retention during the dry season.Abstract: At the mixed hardwoods and cacao farm of Izabal Agro-Forest in Caribbean Guatemala, instead of burning in the traditional "slash-and-burn" manner, we made an experimental attempt on one hectare to convert into charcoal 10 years of clear-cut, successional, lowland tropical forest re-growth that had been felled to make way for mahogany and cacao planting. The resulting charcoal was to be incorporated into soil surrounding the cacao seedlings.
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