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Selective Logging causes long-term changes to forest structure

Original Story by Rhett A. Butler, (February 18, 2015)

Logging in Gabon.

Recent research has showed the ecological changes of selective logging in African tropical forests.  The paper goes over the idea that the practice of selective logging contributes to the growth of weeds and vines reducing plant diversity and diminishing carbon storage. 

Rainforest in Gabon.

Data was collected on more than 500 plots in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cameroon, and Gabon that compared several traits across selectively-logged, and secondary forests.  The findings showed that even low-intensity logging causes sustained ecological changes to African forests.  Check out the article below for more info and let us know what you think.

CITATION: Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, Simona Castaldi, Jeremy A. Lindsell, David A. Coomes, Marco Marchetti, Mauro Maesano, Arianna Di Paola, Francesco Paparella, Riccardo Valentini. The impact of selective logging and clearcutting on forest structure, tree diversity and above-ground biomass of African tropical forests. Ecological Research January 2015, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 119-132 


New National Monuments

President Obama has announced that he is designating three new national monuments to permanently protect sites unique to our Nation’s extraordinary history and natural heritage.  Apparently this upsets the GOP, but hey more cool places for us to visit and take our families too, right?

FACT: President Obama has protected more acres of public lands and waters through the Antiquities Act than any other administration at 16 national monuments and over 1 million acres of federally protected public land.

The three new national monuments are:

The Pullman National Monument


This monument will preserve and highlight America’s first planned industrial town and a site that tells important stories about the social dynamics of the industrial revolution, of American opportunity and discrimination, and of the rise of labor unions and the struggle for civil rights and economic opportunity for African Americans and other minorities. Photo courtesy of Office of State Historic Sites, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.


Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado



Will protect a stunning section of Colorado’s upper Arkansas river Valley. Located in Chaffee County near the town of Salida, Colorado, the 21,586-acre monument features rugged granite cliffs, colorful rock outcroppings, and mountain vistas that are home to diversity of plants and wildlife, including bighorn sheep and golden eagles. In addition to supporting a vibrant outdoor recreation economy, the designation will protect the critical watershed and honor existing water rights and uses. Photo by Bob Wick, U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management.

Honouliuli National Monument in Hawaii


Permanently protects a site where Japanese American citizens, resident immigrants, and prisoners of war were held captive during World War II. Located on the island of Oahu, the monument will help tell the difficult story of the internment camp’s impact on the Japanese American community and the fragility of civil rights during times of conflict. Photo by R.H. Lodge, courtesy Hawaii’s Plantation Village.

Apart from the three new monuments President Obama also designated over 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains in California, established the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (roughly 500,00 acres) in New Mexico, and expanded to nearly 500,000 square miles the sanctuary near remote Pacific Islands.


Adventure Journal – how many more Natioanl Monuments will Obama Create?

The White House – remarks by President Obama for the new monuments

The White House – Every Kid in a Park