Forests Stories

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Amazon

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    Journey into the world’s largest tropical forest—and uncover one of the biggest conservation initiatives the world has ever seen.
    Aerial View of Amazon
  • The Inner Life of Trees

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    Dendrochronologist Kathelyn Paredes Villanueva sheds light on Bolivia’s forests, one tree ring at a time
    Array of Morado tree cross sections
  • 3 ways you can help protect the Amazon

    It is humbling to think how little attention we give to the Amazon, despite its importance to the stability of the Earth's climate and the incredible array of life that resides there.

    Amazon from above
  • In Borneo's Forests, Impacts and Opportunities

    June 03, 2013

    WWF is working to reduce deforestation in Borneo through promoting Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of wood and paper products.

    Borneo orangutan