What can trees do for us?

ITF recognises the vital roles of trees in our planet’s ecosystem, including providing habitats for wildlife, helping mitigate climate change and contributing to people’s livelihoods. However, the direct benefits to humans through experiencing forest environments are less widely acknowledged globally. Sam Choan has written a post for ITF outlining these benefits. As a gardening enthusiast,…

Twisted Shapes of the World’s Oldest Tree

High in the arid, unforgiving White Mountains in southeastern California a most remarkable species of pine tree stands over an ancient pale limestone landscape. Largely unknown to many, the hauntingly beautiful Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (pinus longaeva) has captivated scientists for decades. Photographer and architect Micah Sarut was on a road trip with his parents…

Thank you from Kafuga Forest!

#SaveKafugaForest Money from our recent #SaveKafugaForest campaign has been put to good use by our partners PROBICOU (Pro Biodiversity Conservationists in Uganda). But more money is needed to make sure the good work that has started, can be completed. Where is Kafuga Forest? Kafuga Forest is on the fringes of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park –…

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel

Trees function as the lungs of our planet, but they also serve as footholds. Their roots stabilize and aerate the soil, allowing water to be absorbed. Trees are a powerful antidote to the impacts of overgrazing, which exposes soil to erosion by wind and rain, and also compacts the soil, diminishing its capacity to hold water.

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World Day to Combat Desertification 17 June

Today is World day to Combat Desertification The United Nations predicts that over 50 million people will be forced to leave their homes by 2020 because their land will literally have turned to dust. This process, known as desertification, is one of the greatest environmental threats of our time, a potential catastrophe for communities and…

Greatly Loved – Man of the Trees

Epitaph of a WW1 soldier leads to new support for ITF Looking at this photograph, most of us will instantly realise that it shows a group of soldiers from the First World War. For many of us, it will evoke an immediate sense of sadness as we remember the unprecedented loss of life in the…