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November 19, 2018 Old-Growth Forest Network Newsletter
Yosemite joins our national Network |
New animated film & resources to help YOU save forests |
Diversity & dedication: stories of Southern legacies | 
December events |
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Yosemite's Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias joins our national Network
There are few forests as iconic as those in Yosemite National Park. We’ve all certainly heard of Yosemite, but have you heard the story of the night that John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt camped together beneath a giant sequoia tree in Yosemite's Mariposa Grove? Well, the first night that they ever camped together was beneath a ~2,400 year old tree - aptly named the Grizzly Giant. That camping trip ignited a course of events that would change our nation's history forever. John Muir gave campfire-side pleas for permanent protection of Yosemite, while President Roosevelt's experience immersed in Yosemite's landscape helped guide him to take action back in Washington - and throughout the duration of his presidency. Roosevelt went on to protect hundreds of U.S. forests (5 of them becoming National Parks).

Speaking
about Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Roosevelt said, "...our people should see to it that [the trees] are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred."

My own time in Yosemite's Mariposa Grove, standing beneath those ancient trees, further impressed upon me the value of having long-term perspective... especially when it comes to our environmental ethics and policy-making. Trees and forest ecosystems that take thousands of years to evolve and diversify can be protected - or destroyed - within our relatively short human lifespans. With remnant native forests being a rare and irreplaceable resource, we need to do all we can to protect these forests within OUR lifetime. 

As is the case with Yosemite's Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoiasall the exceptional forests that we select to become part of the Old-Growth Forest Network have formal protection in place as a key criterion for joining our national network. We also work with forest managers and concerned citizens to help establish formal long-term protection when it is not yet in place for other old-growth forests.

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

Read on to learn about new resources that our small team has developed to spread accurate information and practical "how-to" advice on forest preservation.

We are grateful for your interest in our work to protect U.S. forests, and hope you will continue being an active participant in the Old-Growth Forest Network's community of people who care about long-term forest preservation!

 
New film & resources to help YOU save forests!
A new, short, animated (and upbeat!) film was recently created by the Old-Growth Forest Network (OGFN). The film takes you on a 4-minute journey that represents 300 years in the life of a forest. The film is perfect for anyone who cares about, teaches about, or works in forests. Forest ecologist and OGFN founder Dr. Joan Maloof created this film to engagingly answer the question of "How do forests recover after disturbance?" This short video provides a great learning experience: discover details about the structure and biodiversity in forests, and how certain management practices like tree thinning and harvesting interfere with the natural recovery of - and diverse life that resides within - a healthy forest. View it online here or by clicking the image at right!

Our website is also home to fantastic new resources for you! Check out this new page on our site where you can download a paper about "Preservation Cores." The "Preservation Core" concept is the newest, broadly science-backed innovation in American forestry. This practical paper is a must-read for any foresters, forest managers, or others engaged in land use planning within working forests. Both small and large landowners and land trusts can benefit from implementing Preservation Cores in their forests. In a nutshell, Preservation Cores consist of a preserved core area of unlogged, protected "baseline" forest within a working forest. The paper not only outlines the basics of what a Preservation Core is, but also gives a well-cited overview of the sound science underpinning the Preservation Core as a forestry practice.
Throughout this newsletter there are remarkable stories of how only a few dedicated people are having major impacts on their local forests. We know you are one of those people that is having a positive impact. Can you help us continue having a big impact on saving forests?

We need to raise $16,500 by Dec. 31st. If each person reading this gives just $7 we can reach our goal! Donating online takes 2 minutes (click here). Please lend a hand.

After reading our last E-newsletter in August, 23 people donated amounts that came together to equal $1,995. We are so grateful for each of you that chose to help.
Diversity & dedication: stories of Southern legacies
Meet the people conserving Louisiana's natural heritage!

In October, we celebrated Louisiana's first Old-Growth Forest Preservation Week. Traveling from the far north of the state all the way down to New Orleans, I met with forest managers and committed ecologists who astounded me with their knowledge and passion for conserving Louisiana's natural heritage.

My journey began nearby Shreveport with OGFN County Coordinator John Michael Kelley, a naturalist and biologist who is extraordinarily knowledgeable about many of his state's natural areas - from bayous to upland forest ecosystems. We paddled an area of Bodcau Bayou Wildlife Management Area, witnessing endemic trees and giant old cypress. We're still working on efforts to recognize and formally protect specific tracts of this amazing Bayou that is valued by many local citizens. 

Later, Harvey Stern and I gave talks at Red River National Wildlife Refuge. Harvey is also an OGFN County Coordinator and founder of the Louisiana Purchase Cypress Legacy, an initiative focused on identifying and preserving ancient cypress trees and their habitats. Harvey's efforts greatly support and align with our work in Louisiana.

Next stop was Caddo Parish where we visited the first Louisiana forest to officially become part of the Old-Growth Forest Network: Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park. During the dedication ceremony, three generations of Park biologists witnessed their biodiverse forest being recognized by our national Network. The forest hike that followed was "one for the books," as we traversed swamp habitat, crossed a river, and hiked upland. Park Manager Rusty Scarborough and John Michael (pictured above, top left) pointed out many of the >500 native plant species in the forest, while Naturalist Daniel Mills identified about 22 species of mushrooms we encountered on the humid hike. Stacy Gray showed us highlights of the Park where >30,000 residents and students observe local flora and fauna during the Park's impressive year-round educational programming. Hulya Onel's artistry with interpretive displays was another stand-out. I was invigorated after witnessing so much Southern biodiversity in just one 160 acre forest, and impressed by everything that the Park's small team of 6 dedicated staff accomplishes.

In Natchitoches Parish, it was an honor to visit Briarwood Nature Preserve. Curator Rick Johnson and the Preserve's Board members (pictured top right) kindly hosted my visit and shared a meaningful dedication ceremony as we inducted Briarwood into the Network. Briarwood has a mix of hardwood and pine forest, as well as a native wildflower field, and has been meticulously cared for by Mr. Johnson who is descended from the first caretakers of the site that worked directly with Caroline Dormon. Caroline was the first woman employed by the Louisiana Forest Service and a driving force behind the study and conservation of Louisiana's native flora and natural forests. Visit Briarwood and the Curator will gladly give you a fascinating, insightful tour of the Nature Preserve and its many historic elements.

The last leg of the Louisiana forest week was spent down south. New Orleans' ancient Oak Grove within City Park was recognized as a Community Forest (pictured bottom left), and the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve was recognized as a Network Forest (NPS ecologist Dr. Julie Whitbeck and I are pictured bottom right). Stay tuned for future E-news highlighting more Southern forests and stories of those working to save them!

Interested in helping to find and protect old-growth forests in your state? Join us! We accept volunteers and citizen scientists (that work from home) to help further OGFN's mission.  Reach out to volunteer with us here.
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Thank you for staying connected with us and for your support.
December Old-Growth Forest Network events preview
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018: Annapolis Horticulture Society, Maryland. Joan Maloof will give a talk about understanding old-growth forests & their importance for biodiversity.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018: Urban & Community Forestry Partnership, Waynesboro, Virginia. Joan Maloof will give a talk about the differences between urban trees and native forests.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018: Simpson Park Hammock, Miami, Florida will be dedicated into the Old-Growth Forest Network with Melissa Abdo attending and free Naturalist-led walks into the forest. RSVP here if you'd like to attend (free)


Monday, Dec. 10, 2018: Everglades National Park, Homestead, Florida. Join Melissa Abdo & NPS Biologists and supporters to welcome two forest tracts of the Everglades into the Network, including a Pine Rockland forest and our Network's first Mangrove forest. For more information email Melissa by clicking here

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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