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August 27, 2018 Newsletter
Exploration inspiration 
| Momentum in West Virginia
Study urges re-evaluation of forest logging strategy 
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Fall OGFN events preview |
70% of our fundraising goals met - help us with the home stretch!  
Exploration inspiration for the final days of summer
The kids are heading back to school, but summer is not officially over until September 22nd! The weather is still warm and welcoming in many parts of the country. So if you're looking for exploration inspiration for the final days of summer, we have got you covered. The Old-Growth Forest Network has recently recognized beautiful old-growth forests in spots across the country.. consider a visit to one of these forests for the final days of summer! 

California: Bluff Lake Reserve.  Visit SoCal's finest mountain marsh and meadow ecosystem before it closes on Nov. 1st until next May 1st. 

North Carolina: Weymouth Woods, Sandhills Nature Preserve. Spend a day hiking beneath 400+ year old pines, and follow the trail that leads by the oldest known longleaf pine in the country (470 years old!).

Check out our full list of dedicated forests here to find a forest nearby you.

 
Momentum in West Virginia - lessons for us all
Last February, the people of West Virginia made their voices heard in support of protecting their state parks from commercial logging. A bill had been introduced at the request of the governor to open up state parks to logging, which had been banned in WV parks since 1931. Fortunately, not only did the bill fail to pass, but it also served to rally greater momentum and capacity for West Virginians to take action to preserve their parks.  As Jim Waggy of the Kanawha Forest Coalition was quoted saying, the bill served to "...demonstrate how many West Virginians appreciate and feel a deep personal connection to our state parks and their beautiful, mature forests."

This momentum also helped to bring about the discovery that West Virginia has more old-growth forests than folks once thought, a fact newly brought to light largely through evidence collected during fieldwork led by Doug Wood.  An excellent article highlighted the efforts that Doug is leading - alongside many concerned citizens and OGFN County Coordinators - to explore and identify "new" areas of old-growth forest around the state. One of the newly-identified areas of old-growth forest occurs in Kanawha State Forest, which we are excited to soon be dedicating into the Network. If you'll be nearby Kanawha county, West Virginia on Sunday Sept. 9th, please RSVP to join us for the dedication ceremony.  If you can't make it, we hope you're inspired by this story of triumph and discovery - and bring the lesson from West Virginia to your own community and state!


Interested in helping to find and protect old-growth forests in your state? Join us! We are accepting volunteers (that work from home) to help further OGFN's mission.  Reach out to volunteer with us here.
Please help us with our final stretch of fundraising. Most donors give under $100, & it helps so much!
We know you want to save trees as much as we do, so we only send out one printed mailing per year, on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. (This year the cover was graced by a beautiful snail image; if you didn't receive it, you can access the mailer online by clicking here for a PDF file, 813 KB.) Did you know that our annual mailer is key in helping us to meet our fundraising goals?

During July 1st to August 15th we received $6,000 in donations from 55 generous individuals, like you. The average donation was between $50 - $100 dollars. If you didn't have a chance to donate after receiving our annual news, we really need your help in order to meet our annual budget goals. We are about 70% of the way there and would be so grateful if you can donate a few dollars to help us reach the finish line for our annual fundraising!
Donate a few dollars now, help our small team save big trees!
New evidence that "fuel reduction" or "post-fire" logging is an outdated forest management practice
For many fire-adapted old-growth forest ecosystems, concern has been mounting that plants and animals may be adapted to the fires themselves, but not to the post-fire logging that is often carried out under the guise of "forest management." Building upon evidence shared in  a peer-reviewed paper in 2015, a research team led by Dr. Chad Hanson found that the imperiled California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis) actually prefer to forage in areas affected by severe fires, and in contrast found that post-fire logging had a significant detrimental effect on the owls. The owls probably prefer the fire-affected habitat for foraging because of the dead-tree snags, downed logs, and rejuvenating native shrubs that attract the small mammals the owls prey upon (while post-fire logging destroys the aforementioned habitat qualities).
The study, published here as open access in the journal Nature Conservation, includes a large amount of data collected from 8 big fires in California ranging from 2002 - 2015; it also covers a thoughtful and detailed debunking of two forest management practices. Specifically, the idea that "mechanical thinning" or logging to reduce density in forests helps to prevent forest fires in California is debunked, as is the current practice of post-fire logging. Indeed, post-fire logging (and not the fires themselves) are clearly shown to be the cause for decline in spotted owls in the forests that were studied.
The good news is that with this new finding, it is within our capacity to improve outcomes for spotted owls! With this important new study, recommendations to forest managers to end post-fire logging are well-supported from a scientific standpoint. Let's all continue to advocate for sound conservation of our old-growth forests and all the amazing wildlife that depend on these forests as their homes.
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Fall Old-Growth Forest Network events preview
Sunday, Sept 9, 2018: Kanawha State Forest, West Virginia will be dedicated into the Old-Growth Forest Network with Joan Maloof attending. RSVP here if you'd like to attend (free)

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018: Waynesboro/Augusta, Virginia. Waynesboro Tree Workshop: reveling in the magnificence of trees. Joan Maloof will present "The difference between urban trees and native forests." For more information click here

Thursday, Sept 27, 2018: Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California. Joan Maloof and Melissa Abdo will be dedicating the Mariposa Grove into the Old-Growth Forest Network. Email if you'd like to attend (free)

Sunday, Sept 30, 2018 @ 2:00pm: Haverford, Pennsylvania. Joan Maloof to present "The Living Forest: Into the heart of the woods," hosted in partnership by Haverford College and the Hardy Plant organization. For more information click here

October: stay tuned for forest dedications in Louisiana, Ohio, & Georgia 
November: stay tuned for forest dedications and talks in New York, Vermont, & Maryland 
December: stay tuned for forest dedications and talks in Florida

You can help us spread the word by hosting forest ecologists Dr. Joan Maloof or Dr. Melissa Abdo to speak at an event in your area about the important work of conserving our ancient forests.  
For more information, visit the Old-Growth Forest Network website
or contact Joan Maloof at joan@oldgrowthforest.net.
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