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Cloud Rain Forests of Costa Rica - General information about cloud rain forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica. Understand what lies under the canopy of the pristine primary cloud and rain forests. For students and the public at large.

International Union of Forestry Research Organizations - IUFRO Vienna Office site. IUFRO is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists. Its objectives are to promote international cooperation in forestry and forest products research.

Alaska Rainforest Campaign - Coalition of regional and national environmental groups working to protect and restore the last great expanse of temperate rain forest in North America.

Forest Puzzles - Pacific Northwest forests education site. At Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Tongass Clearinghouse - Dedicated to the Celebration and Preservation of America's North Pacific Rainforest

SmartWood - Provides independent, objective evaluation of forest management practices, forest products, timber sources and companies, enabling the public to identify products and practices that do not destroy forests. Certification and use of the SmartWood label provides a commercial incentive for forest managers to adopt sustainable forestry practices.

Trees for the Future - International tree planting project, working through education around the world.

Forestry in the Appalachian Hardwoods of Kentucky - Forest conservation and the practice of forestry in Kentucky. Consulting Forester and sample timber cruise report. Forest Management Workshop Manual. Forest Measurements from a Field Forester's Perspective. Growing and Harvesting timber. Many forestry, conservation, and ecology links

Economics of Forest Protection and Management - Find out about the economics of forests in the Southern U.S. and beyond, including measuring the sustainability of forestry, valuing nonmarket benefits, estimating the response of landowners to policy and incentive programs, projecting future timber supplies, modeling land use changes and forest fragmentation, and the understanding the potentials of ecotourism and agroforestry.

Tangaloa Wood - Encourages people to protect rainforests by using Tangaloa hardwood, a quality replacement for rain forest and old-growth forest woods.

Native Orkney Tree Preservation - John Moar presents information and links to groups working to preserve the native tree species of Orkney area, Scotland.

African Blackwood Conservation Project - A non-profit organization devoted to replanting this threatened species in Tanzania. Blackwood is the premier wood of choice for fine concert-quality woodwind instruments, and the tree plays a vital role in the ecology of the East African savannah.

British Trees - Guide to the native trees of Britain, plus links to other web resources on forestry and conservation of British Native trees, including forest conservation organizations.

Ancient Forest Exploration and Research - Information and research about Ontario's remaining old-growth forest ecosystems, including where to see them and how to help conserve them.

MN INteragency Information Cooperative - Forest data resource for Minnesota.

Sustainable Forestry & Certification Watch - SFCW aims at enhancing the understanding of forest certification, particuarly regarding sustainable forest management, international forest policy, trade in forest products and consumer choice.

TreeWeb: The Natural History of Trees - The TreeWeb is devoted to the natural history of trees, including their biology, evolution, geography and utilization. Descriptions of tree families, genera and species are included.

Joint Forest Management in India - Information and analysis on various topics related to forest conservation in India, particularly initiatives to promote the joint cooperation of fringe forest user groups and the forest department.

U.S. Non Timber Forest Product Website - Conservation and development information on commercial, recreational, and subsistence extraction of non-timber forest products (NTFP) in the United States with regards to cultural, ecological, economic, geographic, and political considerations.

Citizens For Better Forestry (CBF) - Dedicated to sound ecosystem management and empowering local citizens to participate in management of National Forest lands, particularly in California.

Forests Conservation Archives and Portal - Rainforest, Forest and Biodiversity Conservation News and Information.

Clearcutting in Nova Scotia - Describes the adverse effects of forest clearcutting, discusses alternatives, and encourages action to stop the practice.

Extinction Sucks - Learn about the fate of biodiversity and endangered species in the temperate rainforests of British Columbia, Canada.

Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) - Grassroots non-profit organization working to protect endangered species and forest ecosystems on California's North Coast. Site has information about the Headwaters Forest values and resources, and updates about the current status of protecting the endangered biodiversity of this coastal temperate rainforest.

FAO Forestry Programme - Working on how to use the world's trees, forests and related resources to improve people's economic, environmental, social and cultural conditions while ensuring that the resource is conserved to meet the needs of future generations. Site has program information (by topic and by country) and forestry-related information.

Forest Health - Forest health issues with public forum and free advice.

BIOTA-AFRICA - A German-supported (mega)transect study of the Biodiversity of West Africa (Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin), East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), and Southern Africa (Namibia and South Africa).

ISTF HOMEPAGE - International Society of Tropical Foresters.

Nouabale-Ndoki National Park - Information about conservation and research at the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, Congo, including the wildlife you can find there.

Great Bear Rainforest - A non-profit, conservation and research society dedicated to ensuring the survival of wildlife in the Great Bear Rainforest, and thereby ensuring the protection of this ancient temperate rainforest.

East-West Forestry Associates, Inc. - California forest inventory data, GIS. - Answers basic questions about rain forests, their importance, and how they might be conserved.

The Bioesfera Project - About the First Spanish-Tropical Forest Biology-Archeology Workshop, in Guatemala in 1995. Site has information about rainforests and interactions of culture and environment.

Resources for the Future Library: Forests - Research articles (PDF format) on forest policy and economics. Sample topics include global timber supply and markets; climate, El Nino and eastern U.S. forests; potential for carbon forest plantations; and achieving sustainable forestry through international agreements.

Rainforest Action Network - Works to protect the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. The site encourages visitors to take action to protect the rainforests.

Citizens for Responsible Forest Management - CRFM is committed to preserving and enhancing the ecological stability of the Santa Cruz Mountains environment, especially wildlife habitat and watershed stability, water quality and all beneficial uses of water including fisheries.

World Resource Institute- Forest Frontiers Initiative - FFI is a five year, multi-disciplinary effort to promote stewardship in and around the world's last major frontier forests by influencing investment, policy, and public opinion.

The Rainforest Alliance - An international nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests.  Their mission is to develop and promote economically viable and socially desirable alternatives to rainforest destruction through education, research and cooperative partnerships with businesses, governments and local peoples.

Forests Forever - An organization which protects and enhances the forests and wildlife habitat of California through educational, legislative and electoral activities.

Royal Forestry Society of England, Wales and Northern Ireland - The Royal Forestry Society is based in the UK and caters for all who care about forestry, forests, woodlands and trees, their husbandry and their future.

APFT - Multi-disciplinary project sponsored by the European Community which aims to investigate and document the future of the peoples of the rainforest. Involves over 30 researchers in the Caribbean, central Africa and the southwestern Pacific. Site is for the use of anthropologists and others to promote wider access to information concerning the earth's rainforests and its people.

Headwaters Forest Coalition - A group of independent environmental organizations banding together to save the Headwaters old growth Redwood Forest from being cut down.

Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development - An autonomous international rain forest conservation, research and development organisation based in Guyana. It is set up to demonstrate how tropical forests can be sustainably managed and the biodiversity conserved. Activities in forest ecology, wildlife management, adventure tourism, carbon sequestration, participatory approaches and the use of technology such as GIS in decision making. - This site enables you to help protect a variety of land habitats and species.

Eastern Old-Growth Clearinghouse - News, announcements/alerts, summaries of selected scientific and general interest articles, and other information about old-growth forests in the eastern United States.

World Today - Personal website about the Amazon rainforest.

The Children's Rainforest Inc. - A student-teacher environmental conservation/education group whose mission is to protect endangered habitats in the tropics through school fundraising. Based in Canada.

New Forest Life Project - Restoring Europe's ancient woods, heaths, wetlands and associated wildlife.

Ontario Forest Health Cooperative - Information about a coordinated attempt to monitor forest conditions and trends in Ontario, Canada, including acquisition of old and forgotten data that can help in measuring long-term trends. Site includes project descriptions and reports.

Association of Forest Engineers for the Native Forest - A non-profit NGO of working to promote conservation and sustainable management of the Chilean native forest. Site has information and case studies in sustainable forest management in Chile. Note: Includes video animation.

Cloud Forest Alive - Live cams of nesting quetzals and hummingbirds from the cloud forest of Costa Rica. Learn about the importance of preserving the biodiversity of the meso-American biological corridor.

Plant-It 2000 Foundation - Founded by singer John Denver, Plant-It 2000 is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to properly planting, maintaining and protecting as many indigenous trees as possible worldwide.

Forest Conservation: Australian Bush Heritage Fund - Organisation that buys and then manages high-conservation private land in Australia as community-based conservation efforts.

Rainforest live - Educational resource on rainforest especially for junior students and teachers. Includes some teaching ideas and plans, and notes from researchers. Created by Paignton Zoo, UK. Includes some Realplayer and Flash items.

The International Tropical Timber Organization - Set up by a treaty that is aiming to ensure that all tropical timber products traded internationally by member States originate from sustainably managed forests. The primary idea is to provide an effective framework for consultation among producer and consumer member countries on all aspects of the world timber economy within its mandate.

Tropenbos International - Tropical forest research for nature conservation and sustainable use of rain forests in Cameroon, Colombia, Guyana, Ghana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Vietnam.

The Rainforest Site - Protect a piece of Rain Forest for free.

Tropical Rain Forest Information Center (TRFIC) - SAR Node - Imaging radar observation of tropical rain forests obtained by NASDA JERS-1 SAR in 1995-1996 as part of Global Rain Forest Mapping Project (GRFM). Resolution is 100 meters.

Sustainable Beech Forestry -- Maruia Forest - Describes the controversy about conservation-enhancing sustainable forest management in the beech and rimu forests of West Coast New Zealand. Contains prime scientific papers, letters to politicians, Press Releases, links to other sites.

Las Nubes Neotropical Research Center - Las Nubes Neotropical Research and Conservation Center is located in southern Costa Rica. It is a joint project of the Faculty of Environmental Studies of York University in Toronto and the Tropical Science Center in San Jose. Its objectives are biodiversity protection, local community development, and environmental education.

Forest Action Network - Campaigns to save British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

Treetop Explorations - Provides access to the forest canopy by constructing canopy walkways, observation platforms and other canopy access systems for researchers, photographers and ecotourists. They also provide instruction in climbing and safety techniques.

Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve - The Mamirauá Project in Brazil, a non-profit NGO combining research and sustainable development.

Deforestation - A short tour of this subject. Educational and resourceful. Tour includes: Water/Carbon Cycles, Government Help, Links, Glossary, etc.

Pax Natura a Costa Rica Rainforest - A private rainforest preserve in Costa Rica.

Watching Over The Rain Forest - sells sustainably harvested products from the rain forest, including food, home and garden supplies, personal care products and toys for kids.

The Native Forests of New Zealand - Learn about the various types and distinctive character of native forests in New Zealand; their unbroken lineage to the ancient forests of Gondwana and the impact of human activity on these forests. Includes images, references, links and books.

The Beech Scheme - This site contains material that largely supports the beech scheme -- a proposal to sustainably manage beech forests on 0.1 million hectares of New Zealand's 2.8 million hectare beech forest estate.

Resource Conservation Alliance - non-profit encourages less wood consumption and the use of alternatives such as recycled fibers, straw, industrial hemp, etc.

Southern Forest Resource Assessment - A multi-agency evaluation of the status of forest resources of the southern U.S., their productivity, ecological diversity and sustainability. Led by the USDA Forest Service.

Amazon Conservation Team - Focus on cultural aspects - ACT is dedicated to creating new conservation strategies by combining indigenous knowledge with Western science to understand, document and preserve the biological and cultural diversity of the Amazon.

Ecoforestry Notes - Journal dedicated to the art, science, philosophy, and practice of sustainable forestry in healthy forests. Selected contents of past issues.

Panacea Growth Ltd. - Project to promote teak reforestation in Belize.

Decoding the Silent Lyrics of Rain Forests - The "Tree of Life" shows that animals and plants have a common primordial ancestor. A Nigerian scientist, Philip Emeagwali, argues that the rain forests are the untapped technological gold mines of the 21st century.