“On average, each of us [in the UK] consumes just under a tonne of timber a year. Anything from 10 to 20% of that could be illegal depending on where it’s coming from, … due to some nonsense loopholes.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/how_you_can_help/campaign_with_us/forest_campaign/)
Which wood is full of holes? For some Friday fun, take WWF’s Loopy Loopholes 5-question quiz – then take action.
“Fruit-eating bats are vital to tropical reforestation due to their … fundamental role in seed dispersal due to their exceptional species diversity, abundance, and a variety of canopy and understory feeding habits.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0708-tcs-montoro-seed-dispersal-bats.html)
Essentially, growing bat-shit canopy.
“Federal land managers were required to determine where on the country’s vast forests snow machines could travel without harming or destroying natural resources like rivers or wildlife like imperiled Canada lynx that are dependent on undisturbed winter landscapes.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/29/us-usa-environment-snowmobiles-idUKKBN0L207320150129)
Unfortunately the way markers were obscured by snow.
“The Government has described ancient woods as ‘a natural equivalent to our great churches and castles’ and ‘irreplaceable, living historic monuments’, so we feel it’s only right that wording to describe the treatment of ancient woodland is the same as that for Grade I listed buildings.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/news/press-releases/planning-policy-must-contain-stronger-ancient-woodland-protection/)
Viz.: ‘substantial harm to or loss of designated heritage assets of the highest significance … should be holly exceptional.’
“The oil has spread to cover about 350 square kilometers of the delicate ecosystem—including staining the Passur River—according to the Bangladeshi forest department. Yet, measures to contain and clean-up the oil spill have been crude at best.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1215-hance-sundarbans-oil-spill.html)
Crude at its best is still uncorrected.
“Boar became extinct in England 300 years ago, but in the 1990s a group escaped from a farm on the edge of the forest and 10 years ago another 60 were released without authorisation. Since then they have spread and bred.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/21/wild-boar-forest-of-dean-activists-vow-to-stop-cull)
Very civilised, making their own sandwiches.
“New forests would slow flooding by trapping water with their roots.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25864631)
These are known as ‘tap roots’.