Champion Trees on the agenda

The National Champion Tree Evaluation Panel held its annual meeting in Mpumalanga in June, and added five new Champion Trees

Indigenous forest patches are not biodiversity islands

By Lize Joubert-van der Merwe, NRF Green Economy post-doctoral fellow, Stellenbosch University; Email: The value of indigenous forests is

Environmental recovery after the Garden Route fires

By Theo Stehle The disastrous June 2017 Garden Route fires sounded a wake-up call to farmers and land managers in

Saving the Ghost Frog

The discovery of a fifth population of the Hewitt's Ghost Frog in South Africa has seen their IUCN Red List

Restoration of fynbos after felling pine in Western Cape

A recent study finds that restoration of fynbos is possible in areas where pines used to grow for up to

The Great Green Wall

The idea of planting a 'Great Green Wall' of trees across the African continent to combat desertification was perhaps too

Adding value by turning wood waste into mulch

African Biomass Company (ABC) founder Willem van der Merwe is passionate about the environment, and has built a business around

The aftermath of the 
Garden Route fires

As the dust settles after the disastrous June fires in the Garden Route, the question is, where to now? This

Environmental Management Guidelines updated

Forestry South Africa (FSA) has released the third version of its popular Environmental Management Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations in

TIPS ON TREES: How to prune your tree

The second in the series of tree trips by Julian Ortlepp of TreeWorks, brought to you by Husqvarna South Africa.

Grazing as a tool to maintain diversity in mesic grasslands

By Lize Joubert-van der Merwe Ecological networks (ENs) among forestry compartments can conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as

Wetlands restoration

(Tsitsikamma River Case Study) by Theo Stehle Recently I accompanied Cassie Carstens, Planning Manager of MTO Forestry (Cape), to a

Damage control

As timber companies in Mpumalanga struggle to curb the damage being inflicted upon pine trees by baboons in the face

International Day of Forests – Forests and Energy

On 21 March people around the world will celebrate the International Day of Forests. The purpose is to raise awareness

Managing fire in natural grasslands

Managing fire to maintain healthy conservation areas and protect plantation trees.... By Dr Liza Joubert-van der Merwe, Mondi Ecological Wetland

Working with trees

By Struan Douglas Meg Coates Palgrave is an annual guest of honour at the Greenpop Zambia Festival of Action in

Saving dryland forests from desertification

Two billion people live in the drylands, which cover 41 percent of the world's land area. Far from being bare

Trees as social beings

A new documentary film explores the idea that trees are in fact social beings that communicate with one another through

Designing functional ecological networks

Unlocking the door to species movement through production landscapes... By Dr Liza Joubert-van der Merwe This is the third of

Green energy innovations at MTO

MTO Forestry has embarked on exciting renewable energy projects that will bring benefits for the company, its partners – and

Honey harvesting and forest protection in West Timor

New research shows that the annual harvesting of wild honey may be one of the most sustainable and effective governance

Paper recycling makes a difference

The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) reports that two thirds (66%) of the nation’s potentially recoverable paper and

Southern Cape forests survive largely unchanged for centuries

Forests are found in areas that receive annual rainfall ranging between 525 mm and 1220 mm. But if you look

Finding solutions in the southern Cape

Forestry, timber supply, jobs, government imperatives, invasive alien plants, fire risk, water resources, biodiversity, conservation … a potent cocktail of

Mulching of harvest residues is rapidly gaining ground in South African forestry, and is proving to be a game changer. Link in bio. Image courtesy of Savithi Mulching.

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