Small town rises up against deforestation in Pakistan

The town of Ayun, home to 16,000 people in the Chitral district of Pakistan, has been rocked by large-scale protests and mass arrests over the issue of corruption and deforestation”  — Jeremy Hancemongabay.com, January 02, 2012.  Here’s an article from the local paper, http://www.chitralnews.com/Deforstation-22–Dec-2011.htm    And here are two comments on the mongabay article:
  • Salman Khan · 

    I am proud of Kalash people in Pakistan , who have the strength and courage to protest against the senseless & selfish destruction of our only remaining forest! , I cant believe why the mainstream media of Pakistan that is considered such a powerful force in the nation is not promoting this very important issue?
  • Farrukh Iqbal Qureshi

    Shame on us. Instead of providing trees to the people to plant in the area, we are giving them batons and sticks.

Australian and Tasmanian Governments support the future of Tasmanian forestry

24 July 2011, www.pm.gov.au | “430,000 hectares of Tasmania’s magnificent native forests, including areas such as the Blue Tier, Tarkine, Upper Florentine and Styx were announced for immediate protection by Prime Minister Juila Gillard and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings.  The agreement will secure jobs, ensure a sustainable forestry industry, and achieve iconic environmental outcomes by protecting High Conservation Value forests and remaining old growth forests for future generations.”

Great outcome for Tasmania’s forests!
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“Exciting news: yesterday 430,000 hectares of Tasmania’s magnificent native forests, including spectacular areas such as the Blue Tier, Tarkine, Upper Florentine and Styx were announced for immediate protection by Prime Minister Juila Gillard and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings.”
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Virginia Bryan ‎”Just weeks ago it looked as though the forests would only be declared ‘informal reserves’ — but now those forests will be protected from logging by a legally binding Conservation Agreement, which can only be removed by both houses of Federal parliament. The Federal Government has also ruled out providing any funds for Gunns’ proposed pulp mill.”

 

  • Sandra Beal “I never feel worried about Tassie, there is a magical shimmer around the forests there, the protection comes from a higher source 🙂 ♥”

Cameron orders ministers to abondon plans to sell 258,000 hectares of forest

Wednesday 16 February 2011, www.apps.facebook.com/theguardian | “David Cameron has ordered ministers to abandoning plans to change the ownership of 258,000 hectares of state-owned woodland.  The environment secretary will announce on Friday that a consultation on the sale of forests will be ended after a furious backlash that united Tory supporters with environmentalists and the Socialist Workers party.”

“~ FORESTS IN BRITAIN SAVED FROM GIVE-AWAY !
Forests sell-off abandoned as Cameron orders U-turn | Environment | The Guardian
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David Cameron has ordered ministers to carry out the government’s biggest U-turn since the general election by abandoning plans to change the ownership of 258,000 hectares of state-owned…”
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Willie Smits: How we re-grew a rainforest

March 3, 2009, www.youtube.com | “By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems.”

Willie Smits: How we re-grew a rainforest
http://www.ted.com By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving l…
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Landmark timber deal stops Seattle sprawl

May 13, 2002, www.hcn.org | “For over a century, local Washington residents have harvested the thick, rain-soaked forests of Douglas-fir, hemlock, and cedar blanketing the surrounding hills to feed its local mills and economy.  But more recently, a different crop has sprung up around town. Houses. ”

Landmark timber deal stops Seattle sprawl
Overwhelmed by development in this bedroom community near Seattle, the town of Snoqualmie finds an ally in the Evergreen Forest Trust, which has purchased a huge tree farm that will enable logging to continue, and block sprawl.
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