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The Preservation of Forests: Why is it Important, What We’re Doing About It and How You Can Get Involved

We are living in a time when the preservation of forests is more important than ever. The destruction of forest habitats has led to drastic changes in climate, weather patterns, and air quality. Governments and organizations across the globe have made many efforts to preserve forest habitats- but what can you do? This blog post will discuss the importance of preservation, some things that are being done about it, and how YOU can get involved!

Preservation of Forests

What is the Preservation of Forests?

Conservation of Forests is the conservation and sustainable use of natural forests and other forests, which can be accomplished by protecting them from deforestation or degradation.

In addition, forest conservation is also a process that involves integrated land use planning and an end to deforestation or degradation of forests. It consists of increasing the extent of forests by planting trees in areas where natural disasters have been destroyed, such as floods, heavy rain, fire, and landslides.

As a means to conserve the environment, the conservation of forests is essential because they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation (degradation) of forests. There are many benefits derived from forest conservation practices, including:

What are The Benefits of Forest Preservation?

· Regulation of runoff volume and improve water quality;

· Promotes soil retention;

· Restores topsoil fertility;

· Reduces erosion;

· Reduces sedimentation from flooding;

· maintain airflow and reduce dust and salt particles that cause respiratory disease;

· Increase land productivity and water conservation.

What are The Disadvantages of Forest Preservation?

– Forest type conversion for other purposes such as oil palm plantations.

– Destruction of forest for commercial purposes such as logging/timber sales or to build roads or housing areas.

– Burning or clearing forests for agricultural purposes such as farming, especially the use of fire as a method to clear forests.

– Mining activities in protected areas can destroy certain parts of the forest ecosystem needed by many species living there.

– Disease outbreaks in the wild may cause an increase in the number of trees killed by disease.

– Replacement of native plants and animals for non-native plants and animals (invasive species).

Why is Preservation of Forests Needed?

The need for forest preservation arises from a variety of threats, such as logging and fires. In the United States, the early logging industry cut down trees to create railroads, develop roads, and quickly get valuable minerals. Forests were cleared from North America from 1620-1920. The logging that occurred between 1850 and 1900 was responsible for three-quarters of all old-growth forests that exist in eastern parts of North America today. At this rate, it is estimated that there will be no more old-growth virgin forests left in 50 years.

Forests provide a buffer zone around our communities, protecting them against fire risks by housing older trees with thicker bark guards against fire. In contrast, new growths have soft tissue making them susceptible to burn quickly when hot fires rage through the woods. Deforestation would create more hazards when fires do happen to occur.

According to the EPA, during 2005, wildfires in the United States burned about 6 million acres of land and 100 homes daily. This is particularly scary when looking at the risk of wildfires in America with hotter summers, more extended periods of dry weather each year, and more than doubling in size over the past 50 years. One of the most catastrophic recent wildfire events in North America was in 2013, known as The Rim Fire, which brought so much damage that it made its way into iconic Yosemite National Park, killing nearly 90,000 acres of trees within one 24 hour period (which equates to an acre a second).

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How to Get Involved in Forest Preservation?

One of the simplest ways to contribute is by joining a preservation movement. You can volunteer through an organization or group, or you could start your preservation campaign at your local school! It’s never too early (or late!) for children and young adults to learn about environmental issues such as deforestation- so they can grow up knowing what they need to do to preserve forest habitats.

You may also donate money directly towards preservation efforts, whether it be helping fund research projects or supporting organizations that are leading campaigns against deforestation practices across the globe. Every little bit counts when it comes down to preserving our forests and preventing global climate change from worsening any further than it already has been over the past few years! We hope this blog post inspires you to get involved in preservation efforts and that you join us on our journey towards the future of a sustainable planet!

What are Rainforest Conservation Groups?

The rainforest conservation groups work to prevent the destruction of the rainforests and thereby protect the environment.

There are six main objectives of these efforts:

– To promote sustainable exploitation of forest resources,

– To improve environmental quality,

– To generate adequate income for people living in and around the forests,

– To reduce poverty and increase opportunities for education and healthcare,

– To reduce deforestation rates and

– To maintain biological diversity.

These goals are implemented by using several different activities, such as ecotourism, reforestation, environmental education, and sustainable forest management.

Some examples of these organizations are WWF, Conservation International (CI), Rainforest Alliance (RA), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK).

WWF

The World Wide Fund for Nature has conserved more than one million square kilometers of land in over 100 countries since its founding in 1961. It works to find ways that people can live without interfering with nature.

It does this by keeping an eye on the environment so it can predict problems before they happen, using scientific research to develop solutions to conservation issues, and raising awareness about them through campaigning and the media.

The mission of the World Wide Fund for Nature is “to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment.”

As part of this, it has set up national organizations in more than 100 countries worldwide to lead local conservation efforts and campaign on issues that affect their region.

It also funds scientists and other experts worldwide to study significant ecological problems and find solutions to them.

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance works with farmers, workers, businesses, governments, NGOs, and civil society groups to conserve forests worldwide.

They use education programs to teach people about sustainable development to help preserve these forests without damaging them.

They also promote certification systems the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) that promote and implement environmental practices in farming communities.

Towards this end, they have developed a label known as the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal that businesses can use to show customers that they are practicing sustainability in their production processes.

The Rainforest Alliance is headquartered in New York and has worked with partners on over 1,000 sustainable development projects worldwide. Since 1987, these projects have helped conserve more than 40 million acres of tropical forests while improving the lives of more than 25 million people.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) mission is “to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.” This organization uses science-based solutions to manage land and water resources such that nature and people can coexist. Part of this is to engage communities in conservation efforts, promote sustainable forestry practices, strengthen the scientific basis for conservation actions by increasing understanding about how nature works and assist decision-makers with implementing environmental policies.

They manage 1,000 preserves on 6 million acres in the United States alone as part of this mission.

They have helped protect more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide through one million members who support their work.

The Nature Conservancy was founded in 1951 by a group of scientists concerned about threats facing America’s natural resources. Today, it is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and runs offices worldwide dedicated to saving biodiversity.

Rainforest Foundation UK

Rainforest Foundation UK’s mission is to support the rights and protect the lives of forest peoples around the world. They focus on protecting tropical rainforests, empowering forest peoples, and preserving their cultures for future generations.

The Rainforest Foundation UK sprung from a small group of activists in London who decided that they would work together to help people in developing countries defend their human rights and conserve natural resources. In 1987 they changed their name to the Rainforest Foundation UK, made it a registered charity, and began raising money from supporters to fund projects that advance these goals.

In addition to organizations explicitly dedicated to conservation, there are also several environmental organizations whose activities include supporting reforestation programs or donating funds towards them:

To date, all international conservation organizations have generally refrained from making any significant commitment to reforestation programs. A notable exception was the United Plant Savers (UpS), which initially offered advice on medicinal plants, then gradually shifted attention to conservation of plants in general with a particular concern for endangered plants.

This organization’s expertise has since been recognized by many groups interested in conservation issues, including The Nature Conservancy and the Alliance for Restoration Agriculture.

These three organizations have begun developing collaborative relationships to share knowledge and resources, along with programs that promote understanding about sustainable agricultural practices in communities around North America, especially those where native plant species are being planted for restoration purposes.

The Internation Tree Foundation

The International Tree Foundation is an environmental charity working in Britain to support reforestation projects throughout the world. Their goal is to plant one billion trees by 2025, and they work with volunteers and partner organizations such as World Land Trust (WLT) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The International Tree Foundation was founded in 1993. Its founder members were concerned about deforestation across the globe and wanted to slow down this process by getting communities around Britain to plant more trees. Since then, their focus has moved on towards raising awareness of reforestation needs worldwide through events such as the Planting for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign.

Planting For The Planet – Billion Tree Campaign

Planting For the Planet’s goal is to plant one billion trees per year by 2020 and support other groups working on programs such as those run by Roots & Shoots.

Programs include the promotion of tree planting in cities, communities, and schools. Members help support reforestation efforts by participating in events such as Treevalanche (an annual initiative beginning on January 1st), Planting days, following the three Rs of Reduce – Reuse – Recycle, etc.

Billion Tree Africa

Billion Tree Africa aims to become the most extensive sustainable green campaign ever undertaken on that continent. It encourages people to plant trees with indigenous species suited for conditions there without demanding excessive watering or specialized care.

Partner organizations are World Land Trust (WLT) and WWF.

The International Tree Foundation was founded in 1993 by a group of concerned individuals wanting to combat deforestation by encouraging local tree planting within Britain.

Roots & Shoots

Roots & Shoots is a global environmental and humanitarian program run by the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). It encourages young people to become involved in conservation efforts and various other community service projects. The name of the program originates from a quote by conservationist Ian Douglas-Hamilton: “If you want to understand how children see the world, watch them play; they don’t separate life into categories, they blend everything together. If children are brought up with an understanding that they are part of their natural environment then I am sure that there will be far less damage done to the wild places on this planet.”

The Roots & Shoots motto is “Change the World.” There are over 9,000 groups and more than 100,000 members in this program around the world. The objectives of Roots & Shoots are to engage young people across the globe in creating positive change for their communities both locally and globally.

This group’s mission is “to build a global network committed to learning about our environment, taking action to protect it, sharing these experiences with others and encouraging them to do the same.”

Actions taken by members of Roots & Shoots include school recycling programs, community service projects, environmental initiatives at home or elsewhere, etc.

Conclusion

It’s not just about the trees. The preservation of forests is vital for many reasons, but it starts with you. You can get involved by planting a tree or volunteering at your local conservation group to help them provide support and education on how we all have an impact on our environment every day – even if it’s small.

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