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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2021, 02:12:44 PM »
Scotland's beaver population doubles to 1,000 in three years - BBC News
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-58158296

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2021, 05:13:27 PM »
Uh oh, that's a million beavers by 2050  ;-)

Which doesn't sound like that many... I wonder what the original population was.

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2021, 05:22:51 PM »
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a map showing their spread across EU. Pretty much every country had been recolonized.

By the beginning of the 20th century the decline had been reversed with legal protection. European beavers have now been restored to over 24 nations where they were formerly extinct. They are currently estimated to number around 639,000 individuals in mainland Europe.

Beaver Reintroductions in Europe | BACE
https://beaversinengland.com/reintroductions/beaver-reintroductions-in-europe/

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2021, 07:39:28 PM »

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2021, 07:27:37 PM »
Reforestation:

Croatia's seed-scattering drones replant forests hurt by fire

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/croatia-s-seed-scattering-drones-replant-forests-hurt-by-fire/ar-AAQOcD9

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2022, 02:51:39 PM »
UK: Farmers and landowners to bid for funds to ‘rewild’ countryside
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/farmers-george-eustice-government-norfolk-england-b975143.html

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2022, 10:05:42 PM »
>We need to get back to figuring out how to do this.  And it will require a plan from the government to do it.

You mean like CRP that started in 1985?
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/conservation-reserve-program/



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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2022, 11:22:37 PM »
> CRP

Sort of only bigger and longer term.  If you are going to plant forest you need really long contracts.  Also not only focused on agriculture but yes that too.


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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2022, 03:22:53 PM »
Researchers Restore Scotland’s Peat Bogs - Neatorama
https://www.neatorama.com/2022/01/10/Researchers-Restore-Scotland-s-Peat-Bogs/

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2022, 04:41:55 PM »
>> peat

Interesting. I just started reading the Kindle free sample of this:
Swamplands. Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs, and the Improbable World of Peat
https://islandpress.org/books/swamplands


Despite the smell and sometimes knee-high muck, I really enjoyed exploring the peat bogs in Ireland.

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2022, 05:08:46 PM »

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #26 on: March 11, 2022, 04:01:01 PM »
Seychelles' Bird Island was once covered in coconut groves. When a local bought the island, he took it in a different direction – one that's turned it into a home for 500,000 birds.

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220302-seychelles-bird-island-a-paradise-with-too-many-palm-trees

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2022, 12:06:31 AM »
Scotland’s forests are the largest they have been for 900 years The share of Scotland that is forested has increased from 6 percent a century ago to around 18 per cent today
https://www.newstatesman.com/chart-of-the-day/2022/04/scotlands-forests-are-the-largest-they-have-been-for-900-years

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #28 on: May 19, 2022, 06:31:07 PM »
Breaking forest news: Vermont

Foresters hope 'assisted migration' will preserve landscapes as the climate changes

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/18/1098828128/foresters-assisted-migration-preserve-landscapes-climate-change

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Re: Rewilding
« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2022, 04:46:12 AM »
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One variety of red spruce, especially chosen for its origins in the mountains of West Virginia, will become a test

I remember years ago reading that the climate of Vermont in 2100 was expected to be similar to Virginia or Maryland in 1900.

Also about 20 years ago, I was talking to one of my father's old Air Guard pilot buddies who had started a very successful business selling maple syrup and other VT products. He had ended up on the board of some maple research lab and he said they were worried about a future in which sugar maples couldn't grow in Vermont. Most maple syrup production is in Canada already, but VT is the largest US producer and it's pretty important culturally.

Meanwhile, in this neck of the woods (so to speak), they are looking at assisted migration of sequoia trees, though it's not clear where they would go. They do know that thousands of years ago, when the climate was different, they had a much wider range and it looks like there's a good chance they will not survive the next couple hundred years (I think we lost 10% of the total just last year or the year before and we're talking about trees that take a thousand years to replace). So even with assisted migration, we might have a period of centuries upon centuries without truly giant sequoias or with very small numbers of them.