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I-Tree - Tools for Assessing and Managing Community Forests

I-Tree - Tools for Assessing and Managing Community Forests
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The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation Sustainable drainage Drainage systems can contribute to sustainable development and improve the places and spaces where we live, work and play by balancing the different opportunities and challenges that influence urban design and the development of communities. Approaches to manage surface water that take account of water quantity (flooding), water quality (pollution) biodiversity (wildlife and plants) and amenity are collectively referred to as Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). SuDS mimic nature and typically manage rainfall close to where it falls. SuDS can be designed to transport (convey) surface water, slow runoff down (attenuate) before it enters watercourses, they provide areas to store water in natural contours and can be used to allow water to soak (infiltrate) into the ground or evaporated from surface water and lost or transpired from vegetation (known as evapotranspiration). SuDS are more sustainable than traditional drainage methods because they: Read more on:

Temperate Coniferous Forest | Biomes Temperate evergreen forests are found predominantly in areas with warm summers and cool winters, and vary enormously in their kinds of plant life. In some, needleleaf trees dominate, while others are home primarily to broadleaf evergreen trees or a mix of both tree types. Temperate evergreen forests are common in the coastal areas of regions that have mild winters and heavy rainfall, or inland in drier climates or montane areas. The understory also contains a wide variety of herbaceous and shrub species. Structurally, these forests are rather simple, consisting of 2 layers generally: an overstory and understory. Temperate rain forests only occur in 7 regions around the world - the Pacific Northwest, the Validivian forests of southwestern South America, the rain forests of New Zealand and Tasmania, the Northeastern Atlantic (small, isolated pockets in Ireland, Scotland, and Iceland), southwestern Japan, and those of the eastern Black Sea.

Dutch Study Says Wi-Fi Makes Trees Sick A recent study by Dutch scientists found that Wi-Fi radiation could be responsible for sickness in urban-populated trees. Image: baltimoresun What would life be like without Wi-Fi, bringer of high speed internet access? Probably pretty inconvenient considering that millions of computer users around the world use it at home, at work and other public places to get online. Having access to wireless networks makes our lives easier, but according to a Dutch study from Wageningen University, this access may be compromising the health of trees. The study began five years ago in the city of Alphen aan den Rijn. According to an article from PC World : “The study exposed 20 ash trees to various radiation sources for a period of three months. Image: p2pnet Sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it? What do you think? digg

Home - World Urban Parks Association Glossaire | Forêt Investissement Abroutissement(s) Dégâts sur les plantations, liés à la consommation des pousses d’arbres par le bétail ou le gibier. Accompagnement (ou bourrage) Végétation ligneuse introduite ou laissée autour d'une tige avec l’objectif de gainer celle-ci. Accroissement Augmentation des dimensions et du volume des arbres. Accroissement courant en volume : Différence de volume entre deux années successives.Accroissement moyen du volume : Moyenne réalisée sur plusieurs années Accru naturel Peuplement forestier obtenu par la colonisation naturelle d’un terrain dont l’utilisation précédente a été abandonnée (déprise des terres agricoles). Affranchi Se dit d’un rejet de taillis ou d’un drageon qui, en grossissant, s’est suffisamment enraciné pour prendre son indépendance vis-à-vis de la souche-mère. Agroforesterie Système de production qui associe sur une même parcelle la culture des arbres et l’élevage ou une autre culture Amélioration (coupe d’amélioration) Aménagement forestier Amendement Andainage Arbre Assiette Cône

Global Justice Ecology Project: GlobalJusticeEcology.org , Hinesburg, VT Israeli biotech firm says its modified eucalyptus trees can displace the fossil fuel industry by John Vidal, environment editor, The Guardian, Thursday 15 November 2012 GM eucalyptus trees at five-and-a-half years old, grown in a field trial. FutureGene claims GM species grow thicker and faster than the natural plant, making it possible to be grown for energy generation.It's a timber company's dream but a horrific industrial vision for others: massive plantations of densely planted GM eucalyptus trees stretching across Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and China, engineered to grow 40% faster for use as paper, as pellets for power stations and as fuel for cars. The prospect is close, says Stanley Hirsch, chief executive of the Israeli biotech company FuturaGene. Hirsch claims the gene-altering technique is an industrial "game-changer" and integral to the UN's vision of a future "global green economy". "Our trees grow faster and thicker. FuturaGene is no small start up company.

Urban Path | PH Design As the needs of the inhabitants evolve beyond modern day Beijing, there is a clear disconnect between the people and their city. The Urban Path is an adaptive hybrid infrastructure that directly responds to the expanding demands of its citizens, while providing connectivity throughout the newly defined super city. As the region transforms, the path is manipulated by those who occupy it to serve their own growing demands. Architect: Anthony Harrington Team Members: Matthew Radune, Nimet Anwar At the urban scale, it is a linear form which adapts its branching according to need, function, and efficiency. Elements within the structure act as filtering mechanisms to remediate the ongoing issue of air pollution in the region. Serving as an alternative model to current urban sprawl patterns, housing is deployed throughout the structure producing dense, but adaptable living for varying publics.

Glossaire de terminologie foresti re Débardeur: Engin forestier automoteur à châssis articulé, utilisé pour les opérations de débardage. Skidder Index Déboisement : Défricher un terrain forestier pour l'utilisation à long-terme (autre que la foresterie). Index Dendrologie (forestière) : Étude et identification des arbres. Dérivé/composés phénoliques : Substances organiques très complexes qui se trouvent dans toutes les plantes en concentration, dosage et rapport divers. Désertification : Transformation de régions arides ou semi-arides autrefois productives en déserts par suite d’une sécheresse prolongée ou d’un mauvais aménagement à long terme des ressources aquatiques et terrestres. Développement durable des forêts : Développement des forêts en fonction des besoins actuels sans nuire à leur productivité future, à leur diversité écologique ou à leur capacité de régénération. Dioxide de carbone :(CO2 ) Gaz incolore, inodore et incom-bustible. Domaine vital : Exigences d'espace vital d'une espèce donnée.

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