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Greenpeace UK ACT (AmazonCT) Front page | Global Canopy Programme Rainforest - Green (nytimesgreen) Stichting Masarang | Willie Smits Why are we a nation of tree-huggers? 3 February 2011Last updated at 15:44 By Jon Kelly BBC News Magazine Plans to transfer ownership of many public forests in England have provoked a huge row. But why are we so protective of our woodlands? It's about the rustling of the leaves and the crunch of twigs underfoot. Above all, it's a place where nature takes priority over humans. For the vast majority of us, living in towns and cities, visiting a forest is the easiest way to escape our mechanised, wipe-clean, ring-roaded civilisation and properly get back to nature. As the government is finding out, a forest unleashes something deeply primordial in otherwise domesticated, suburban Britons. Plans to radically change the ownership of some of England's forests have provoked a furious backlash. A YouGov poll suggested that 84% of people were opposed. to the government's plans, with one pressure group saying it had collected 400,000 signatures on a petition. Continue reading the main story Why trees are a force for good

International Rivers (IntlRivers) Wildlife & habitat | Issues Humans share the Earth with a diverse range of animals and plants — and we all depend on each other for survival. Think of the salmon that carry nutrients from the ocean to the rivers and streams where they spawn. Eagles and bears that feed on the salmon carry these nutrients into the forest. The forests provide humans with numerous services and resources, from lumber for our homes to the oxygen we breathe. They are also important in our efforts to reduce global warming. Plants and soils store carbon, keeping it from the atmosphere, where it would contribute to climate change. By learning more about what we have and why we need to preserve and protect it, we can all work to make sure our country and our planet maintain and restore the natural balance that all life needs to survive. what's new? Grizzly bears B.C. is home to as many as half of Canada's grizzly bears and is one of the planet's last safe havens for these great animals.