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Forestry & Forest Ecosystems

Logging truck (forestry and forest ecosystems)..This page displays a collection of environmental and sustainability online videos on forestry and forest ecosystems. Wood is used in a huge range of products, from building materials to paper napkins. Forests are threatened by agricultural encroachment, urban sprawl, and unsustainable logging practices. This in turn impacts our water supply and reduces the habitat available for many endangered species of plants and animals.

Implementing sustainable forestry practices helps balance human needs with the conservation of natural areas and produces many long term benefits. Forestry topics include sustainable logging, temperate and tropical rainforest protection, green certified lumber and wood, forest habitat threats and ecosystem protection strategies, reforestation, restoration, and tree planting, sustainable paper products, paper and wood recycling, and use of wood as a biofuel.

"" Some People Just Don't Get It — Sustainable Forestry. Find out what people in New York know, and don't know, about trees and forests. Then learn the basics of sustainable forestry in this humorous video. About 7 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Chopping Down Trees To Save The Forest. Papua New Guinea's tropical rainforests are under threat. This is the story of an attempt to save the forests by reaching landholders before the logging companies do and offering them a sustainable forestry management plan and low-impact portable sawmills. The result is a small area of forest that is sustainably harvested and thousands of hectares that are protected. About 11 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Amazing Mangroves and the Global Climate. Presentation by Alfredo Quarto to Biodiversity for a Livable Climate. Quarto explains the status of mangrove forests and their importance to the ocean and global environment. About 30 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Mangroves: The Roots of the Sea. Documentary interview with Alfredo Quarto. This video, produced by the American Museum of Natural History, contains an interview with Alfredo Quarto, the Mangrove Action Project’s Executive Director and Founder. It describes the negative impacts of shrimp aquaculture on mangrove coastal ecosystems. About 12 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Into the Mangrove Forest. This mini-documentary was produced by PBS Digital Studios. The mangrove forest is a place of amazement both above and below the waterline. Mangroves have the unique ability to live in salt water, and they use their highly specialized roots to filter salt, inhale oxygen, and extract nutrients from an environment that other trees cannot tolerate. The world within the tangled mess of mangrove roots is dark, silty, eerie, and wonderful. About 6 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Mangrove Action Project: Mangrove Forest Restoration & Conservation. Illustrates the growing importance of mangroves to the health of the planet: storing up to five times more carbon than inland rainforests, being an integral link between land and ocean, adapting to sea level rise, protecting and producing for coastal communities, and helping to mitigate climate change. About 5 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Achuar: Green Inspiration From The Amazon. Excerpts from a presentation and a documentary by Larry Lansburgh. The documentary, Dream People of the Amazon, tells the story of a small group of indigenous people, the Achuar of the Ecuadorian Amazon, who came up against the money and power of multinational oil companies – and won. About 5 minutes. Play Video >> | Play QuickTime >>

"" How to Restore a Rainforest. A presentation by Willie Smits. By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. About 23 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Prince of Wales' Introduction to his Rainforests Project. A presentation by The Prince of Wales. The Prince's Rainforests Project is dedicated to demonstrating that tropical rainforests are worth more standing than cut. Here he welcomes viewers and outlines his reasons for starting the project. About 5 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Forest Biomass Harvesting Guidelines for Conservation. Learn how forest biomass retention and harvesting guidelines ensure forests can support wildlife, maintain biodiversity, provide clean water, sequester carbon, protect forest soil productivity, and continue to produce income after a biomass harvest. About 5 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Eden's Work On Forest Restoration In Thailand. The Eden Project has been working with the Thai Forest Restoration Unit to support a project that gets villagers involved in restoring and caring for the tropical forests on their doorstep. About 13 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Trees for Water: China Exploring Forest Landscape Restoration for Beijing. Beijing is the world's pre-eminent megacity: a regional economic hub, capital of China, and home to 21 million people. It also experiences some of the world’s worst water stress – more, in fact, than most Middle Eastern capitals. IUCN and its partners are working to apply nature-based solutions to the problem, exploring how forest landscape restoration in Beijing’s mountainous watershed can provide clean water for millions. About 8 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Restoration Strategy. Forest Service scientists and managers describe the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Restoration Strategy. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Forest Landscape Restoration. Forest landscape restoration to enhance carbon stocks and deliver multiple other benefits was the focus of a discussion forum hosted in Doha, Qatar by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). About 83 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Sustainable Forestry: How Does It Work? What Are The Benefits? Well-managed forests can be both economically viable and ecologically sustainable, but like all other necessary parts of our national infrastructure, they need to be invested in and maintained. Protecting and maintaining working forests, and the communities that depend on them, remains a top conservation priority. About 3 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Sustainable Forestry. A TEDx presentation by Mikael Karlsson. A forest encapsulates biodiversity, clean water, and fresh air. Instead of clear cutting, Karlsson advocates gently harvesting the high quality trees while maintaining an intact ecosystem. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Canada's Sustainable Forests: Timber, Biodiversity, and the Boreal Forest. Sustainable forestry in Canada and why Canada is a global leader in sustainable forest management. About 12 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Sustainable Forestry & American Loggers. Describes efforts to balance profits and protection in harvesting Maine's St John River Forest. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>