Forests Stories

  • Waterfall in Costa Rica
  • Stopping Illegal Logging in Africa

    September 10, 2015

    Many wood products in American homes—from the kitchen table to hardwood floors—come from the same forested areas in Africa where elephants, rhinos, lions and other magnificent species roam wild. Few purchasers know that the wood from these forests is illegal. It was harvested, transported, processed, bought or sold in violation of national laws.

    forest in kenya
  • Twenty-Five Years in the Amazon

    August 25, 2015

    WWF's Meg Symington describes the luck and rewards of working to save the Amazon rain forest.

    Amazon
  • Endangered species threatened by unsustainable palm oil production

    The world’s most popular vegetable oil—palm oil—is produced in tropical rain forests everywhere. While it can be produced sustainably, palm oil made with conventional production methods can lead to unchecked agricultural expansion that threatens forests and wildlife.

    orangutan
  • Saving Thirty Hills

    August 12, 2015

    The Indonesian island of Sumatra—one of the most biodiverse places on the planet—has lost more than half of its forest cover in the last thirty years. But there are stands of amazing, still-intact forest in Sumatra, and Thirty Hills is one of them.

    Thirty Hills, Sumatra
  • What is REDD+?

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
  • Deforestation in Peru

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    How indigenous communities, government agencies, nonprofits and businesses work together to stop the clearing of forests
    Rain drenched village in Peru
  • Forests, Climate Change and the Role Green Giants Play

    July 07, 2015

    Remember learning about photosynthesis back in school? This week, let’s go back to our science roots (pun unintended!) to see how this natural process makes forests both a contributor and solution to climate change. To understand the complex relation between forests and climate change, it is important to see trees and plants as playing multiple roles on the stage that is our planet.

    Cameroon Forest
  • WWF and Apple Commit to Help Protect China’s Forests

    May 10, 2015

    Through a new project, WWF and Apple will help China—the world’s largest producer and consumer of paper products—reduce its environmental footprint by producing paper products from responsibly managed forests within its own borders.

    forest in China
  • 11 of the world’s most threatened forests

    April 27, 2015

    The Amazon, central Africa, the Mekong. These are home to some of the world’s most species-rich, culturally significant and stunningly beautiful forests. But large swaths of these forests, and many others around the world, may not be there in 15 years if we don’t do more to save them.

    miombo woodlands
  • Should We Care About the Difference Between the Forest and the Trees?

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2015
    How can we map deforestation and forest degradation in a way that distinguishes between a functioning forest and a simple group of trees?
    Aerial shot of the forest canopy
  • Bhutan Rising

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2015
    As Bhutan’s fortunes rise, its natural and cultural heritage rest in the balance.
    Tashi Dorji stands in Bhutan’s Phobjikha Valley
  • Netflix Teams with WWF and Silverback Films to Create Natural History Series Our Planet

    April 15, 2015

    Netflix is teaming up with WWF and Silverback Films on an ambitious four-year project: an eight-part series that explores never-before-filmed wilderness areas in stunning 4K HD.

    reef underwater
  • Orangutans and Palm Oil: Protecting Forests to Help Great Apes

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2015
    Palm oil plantations and illegal logging drive habitat loss
    Orangutan swings from a vine and holds out palm
  • Reclaimed Wood Products Take a Load off of Forests

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2015
    Increasingly, people are repurposing wood products—rendering barn siding into floorboards and shaping pallets into furniture, all without logging another tree.
    Reclaimed wood
  • For Love of Forests in Nepal

    April 14, 2015

    Forests occupy a special space for me, offering the ultimate escape and connection to natural beauty. This emerges with the cool, refereshing breeze, freshwater flowing, and wildlife thriving. Living in Washington, DC, for most of the last 10 years, I find exiting the urban environment and entering the forest is less a desire and more a necessity.

    churia forest tree tops
  • 7 Products You Didn’t Know Come from Trees

    Forests give us so much—fresh air, clean water, wildlife and tranquil surroundings. But—as some of you probably know—the trees that grow in these forests also provide us with many products we use in our everyday life. From paper towels and toilet paper, to the wooden coffee tables we place our newspapers and magazines on, products from trees are all around us.

    rubber tapping
  • Celebrate College Basketball and Protecting Forests

    April 03, 2015

    This weekend's college basketball finals are a time to celebrate great basketball – and protecting the world’s forests. Why? Because the games will be played on floors certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

    Forest
  • 10 Species that Hug Trees

    April 02, 2015

    Eighty percent of the world’s known terrestrial plant and animal species can be found in forests. Cool fact: a square kilometer of forest may be home to more than 1,000 species. Yet forests are disappearing at an alarming rate—18.7 million acres of forests annually, equivalent to 27 soccer fields every minute. Check out these species that hug trees.

    monarch butterfly in tree
  • Price of Toilet Paper for the Planet

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2015
  • Alternatives to Wood

    January 13, 2015

    Trees are cut down at a rapid rate to meet the demand for products we all use. Some are products that often are on our weekly shopping lists, such as toilet paper, diapers and tissues. What if we used something other than newly-harvested trees to create these products?

    Forest
  • How Can We Help Mountain Gorillas Deal With Climate Change?

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    Which traits of mountain gorillas might allow them to tolerate or respond to rapidly changing climate conditions, and how can WWF help?
    Family of gorillas
  • Amazon River Cruise

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    The sounds and silences of floating down the Amazon
    boat in amazon
  • What's Behind the FSC Logo?

    September 18, 2014

    When you see that symbol, you don’t have to wonder whether pristine forests were destroyed to make the product or whether the workers wielding chainsaws were paid a living wage. Because when you see the FSC logo, you know the product can be traced back to a company that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

    Forest where wood is harvested per FSC norms