17 August, 2022

1000 year old Huon Pines at Risk in Tasmania

The recent discovery of tin deposits along the Wilson River potentially means that millenial aged stands of the Huon Pine are now at greater risk of extinction. James Worth, Conifer Specialist Group Member

By Philip Thomas
<p>A gnarled specimen of <em>Abies cilicica</em> on Mt Lebanon</p>

26 November, 2019

SOS for the fir trees of Lebanon

Even dating back to the time of the Pharaohs, Lebanese conifers were over-exploited mainly for their valuable timber. Today this pressure is even greater, especially for the Cilician fir (Abies cilicica). Recent illegal logging in the protected area of Karm Chbat has further reduced the small popualtion of this threateed fir.

By Martin Gardner
<p>Río Ñuble - San Fabián de Alico valley</p>

22 September, 2019

Chile to lose 1000 ancient Prumnopitys andina trees

At a time when we need to conserve all natural areas of forest in order to mitigate the effects of climate change, the flooding of Chile's San Fabián de Alico valley (Maule Region) is to go ahead with the loss of 1720 ha of important canopy forest. So important is this area for biodiversity, that it was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2011 and forms part of the “Corredor Biológico Nevados de Chillán Laguna del Laja”

By Martin Gardner
<p>Isolated tree of the Mulanje Cedar</p>

18 September, 2019

Mount Mulanje Cedar down to only seven trees

Recent illegal logging of the Mulanje Cedar (Widdringtonia whytei) has dramatically dropped to only seven individulas. The value of its timber has led to over-exploitation. A project, jointly led by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT) and the Forest Research Institute of Malawi (FRIM), aims to replant and restore cedar populations on Mount Mulanje.