Why We Need to Keep Natural Forests

As cities and human activities continue to expand, natural forests are under threat. In 2016 one of The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals was to fully stop deforestation by 2020. In that same year we lost 25.8 million hectares. So we’ve, unfortunately, fallen short of meeting that goal. Global Forest Watch reported that in 2020, […]

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Woods & Wilds: The Podcast | Overcoming Fear with Leandra Taylor

A Podcast Interview with Leandra Taylor on overcoming fear Welcome back to another episode of  Woods & Wilds: The Podcast. We are now on Episode 4 of Season 3! In this episode we’re joined by artist, environmental scientist, mountaineer, and educator, Leandra Taylor. Leandra shares the story of when she was a member of one […]

Community Conservation Solutions

When I see wetlands forest, I see a place of beauty, wonder, and adventure. A place that provides clean air and purifies our water systems. A place where we can recreate and receive spiritual renewal. A place that protects us from flooding and natural disasters. But I also see where greedy corporations are destroying these […]

Phantom Forests: Why We Should Be Skeptical About Planting Trees

Guest Post By Michelle Thompson Many companies and government bodies over time have said something like: “As part of our climate change initiative, we’ll be planting X number of trees!” Forests are an incredibly efficient way to capture carbon from the atmosphere. But how well do these tree planting initiatives actually work? Why do organizations […]

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A Tribute To Our Valuable Ecosystem: Wetlands

Every day is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the vital role that our beautiful and diverse Southern wetlands play on our planet. Wetlands are vital to the communities that surround them. Wetlands protect communities from flooding and minimize the impacts of hurricanes by quickly absorbing water. Wetland forests are among the most biodiverse […]