Forestry is the study and practice of the cultivation and management of woodland. Forests provide goods and services such as timber, recreation and carbon sequestration.


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  • News and Views |

    Deep soil carbon in tropical catchments can be rapidly mobilized to rivers upon land-use change to agriculture, suggest analyses of dissolved organic carbon. Such carbon stocks had been thought stable for millennia.

    • Alf Ekblad
    •  & David Bastviken
  • News and Views |

    It has long been observed that roads clear the way to deforestation in the tropics. Viewing deforestation scars in the Congo Basin from space, we can now model the impact roads have both inside and outside logging concessions.

    • Stéphane Couturier
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The current narrow focus on afforestation in climate policy runs the risk of compromising long-term carbon storage, human adaptation and efforts to preserve biodiversity. An emphasis on diverse, intact natural ecosystems — as opposed to fast-growing tree plantations — will help nations to deliver Paris Agreement goals and much more.

    • Nathalie Seddon
    • , Beth Turner
    • , Pam Berry
    • , Alexandre Chausson
    •  & Cécile A. J. Girardin
  • News and Views |

    Land-use planning to protect tropical forests requires understanding the relative impact of alternative uses. Low-impact forest management is crucial to produce timber while conserving biodiversity.

    • Frits Mohren