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Calif. Wildfires Deliver a 'Heartbreaking' Loss

Hundreds of giant sequoias are believed to have burned

(Newser) - Northern California wildfires may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias as they swept through groves of the majestic monarchs in the Sierra Nevada, an official said Wednesday. "It's heartbreaking," Christy Brigham, head of resources management and science for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, told the AP...

Special Blankets Helped Save World's Biggest Trees

Recent controlled burns also kept sequoias safe in California

(Newser) - The general is safe, for now. The reference is to the world's biggest tree, known as General Sherman, in California's Sequoia National Park, reports NPR . Encroaching wildfires had forest workers scrambling to protect the ancient trees last week, and their efforts appear to have paid off. Not only...

He Agreed to Sell His Home to Save Old Tree. Now, a Snag

Toronto is taking homeowner to court

(Newser) - Toronto's fight to save a majestic tree older than Canada has been stalled by the city's rising property prices. The red oak that stands in the backyard of a home in the city is believed to be 250 to 300 years old, and the city plans to demolish...

DNA Evidence Solves Crime, This Time With a Twist
DNA Evidence Solves Crime,
This Time With a Twist
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DNA Evidence Solves Crime, This Time With a Twist

For the first time, tree DNA was used in a federal criminal trial

(Newser) - That prosecutors used DNA evidence to convict a criminal isn't too surprising. But in this case—a first—the DNA came from a tree, reports the Seattle Times . A jury in Tacoma, Wash., convicted 39-year-old Justin Wilke last week of illegal tree harvesting in Olympic National Forest, per the...

Tree Report Throws Shade on Inequity in US Cities
Tree Report Throws Shade
on Inequity in US Cities
new study

Tree Report Throws Shade on Inequity in US Cities

American Forests study highlights socioeconomic disparity in tree cover

(Newser) - Throwing a little shade has its place. Turns out, cities are losing their shady spots, and the change is mainly affecting communities where people of color live. Neighborhoods that are majority minority have about a third less tree canopy, and neighborhoods that are mostly populated with households living below the...

Emotional End for 100-Foot-Tall 'Guardian' Maple

New Hampshire sugar maple said to be one of the largest in US is taken down due to safety concerns

(Newser) - A sugar maple tree that has watched over a New Hampshire home for more than 200 years and was one of the largest of its kind in the US is coming down because of safety concerns. As a small crowd looked on Monday, arborist Micum Davis started trimming the crown...

Miami Beach Is Cutting Back on Its Iconic Palms

Increasing the proportion of shade trees will make city more 'walkable and pleasant'

(Newser) - Miami Beach is planning to reduce the proportion of palm trees in the city's canopy—but authorities have reassured worried residents that it's not going to be Palmageddon. They say that instead of removing the iconic trees wholesale, they plan to plant more shade trees, and in projects...

Rockefeller Center's Christmas Tree Looks Very 2020

It doesn't exactly look full and vibrant

(Newser) - Rockefeller Center managed to find what might be the perfect Christmas tree for 2020. The iconic Christmas tree erected (but not yet decorated) in New York City on Saturday failed to impress various social media users, who likened it to Charlie Brown's sparse version . "I know it's...

Study: China's Forests Have Been Underestimated

New forests are a major 'carbon sink'

(Newser) - China is the world's biggest polluter—but a massive tree-planting program has helped absorb more of its carbon dioxide emissions than researchers expected. In a new study in the journal Nature , researchers say that according to ground and satellite observations, the rapid afforestation of areas of northeast and southwest...

Ancient Redwoods Show Calif. Wildfires Who's Boss

Most giant trees in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, including 'Mother of the Forest,' survive blazes

(Newser) - When a massive wildfire swept through California’s oldest state park last week, it was feared many trees in a grove of old-growth redwoods, some of them 2,000 years old and among the tallest living things on Earth, may finally have succumbed. But an AP reporter and photographer hiked...

Company Says Its Drones Will Plant 1B Trees by 2028

Canadians say their tech can plant trees 10 times faster than humans

(Newser) - Drone projects don't get much more ambitious than the one envisioned by Flash Forest, which plans to plant a billion trees by 2028—helping save the planet in the process. The Canadian startup says its drones, which can identify the best planting sites before dropping specially designed seed pods,...

40 Years After a US Open Splash, This Tree Has Fallen

Famous 'Hinkle Tree' meets its demise thanks to gust of wind

(Newser) - A tree that appeared overnight during the 1979 US Open to become a part of golf lore has met its end. The Black Hills spruce known as the "Hinkle Tree" was partially uprooted by a gust of wind this week at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, and was cut...

Firefighters Save World's Only 'Dinosaur Trees'

Australian wildfire almost wiped out Wollemi Pines

(Newser) - Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials say. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote gorge in the Blue Mountains a week before...

Scientists Stumble On World's Oldest Forest
Scientists Stumble On
World's Oldest Forest
new study

Scientists Stumble On World's Oldest Forest

Scientists find ancient trees just north of Manhattan

(Newser) - Earth's three trillion trees do a lot for us—make life possible, really—but how did they ever get started? Well, look no further than New York state. Scientists say they've found the world's oldest known forest in an abandoned quarry a couple hours north of Manhattan,...

Hikers Need Better Awareness of a Deadly Risk
Hikers, a Dangerous Risk
May Be Growing
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Hikers, a Dangerous Risk May Be Growing

Beware falling trees in ailing forests, cautions a post at 'Outside'

(Newser) - This summer, a hiker on the Pacific Coast Trail died after a tree fell on him, while a woman on the Colorado Trail died when a tree came down on her tent. Fluke, one-in-a-million tragedies? Maybe not, writes Taylor Gee at Outside . Stats on such deaths are hard to come...

This Country Planted 353M Trees —in Half a Day

4B is the ultimate goal in Ethiopia

(Newser) - Ethiopia claims it has smashed a world record in the name of climate change—and the tree planting isn't even done. More than 353 million tree seedlings were planted across the country in just 12 hours as part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Green Legacy reforestation campaign, per...

500-Mile Trek for Environment Has Unusual Twist

Indonesia's Medi Bastoni will be doing it backward, with the help of a rearview mirror

(Newser) - He's walking backward for a month in the hope of moving forward with forest conservation. The Guardian has the story of Medi Bastoni, an Indonesian man who set out Thursday to walk 500 miles in reverse from his village of Dono in East Java to the State Palace in...

Iceland Trying to Undo What the Vikings Did

The reforestation effort is a slow-moving one

(Newser) - That Iceland is the most lightly forested country in all of Europe is the doing of man, not nature—long-since-deceased man. The AFP reports more than 25% of the island was covered in trees, mostly birch, when the Vikings reached its shores in the late 800s. A century later, only...

'Mind-Blowing' Fix for Climate Change: Billions of Trees

Scientists say a massive tree-planting initiative might be most efficient way to stop global warming

(Newser) - There are 3 trillion trees on Earth, but adding between 500 billion and 1.5 trillion more could help solve a big crisis on the horizon. New research in the journal Science proposes fighting climate change by planting enough new trees to cover 3.5 million square miles of land,...

Macron on Friendship Tree's Death: No Biggie

He plans to send a replacement oak

(Newser) - France wants to give it another go, so look out for "friendship tree" No. 2. French President Emmanuel Macron says he'll send a new oak sapling to President Trump after the one planted on the grounds of the White House last spring apparently croaked . A dead tree—even...

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