Magazine article American Forests

News of Note

Magazine article American Forests

News of Note

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* In an effort to curb waste of scarce timber resources, China has announced it is imposing a 5 percent tax on disposable chopsticks, according to the Taipei Times. China makes about 15 billion pairs of the popular, throwaway chopsticks every year.

* Thousands of Christmas trees are getting a second life thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, which is turning the stripped and discarded trees into reefs for freshwater fish, according to Reuters News Service. The Corps drills holes in the tree trunks and wires a few trees to a concrete block to create underwater forests near fishing piers. "The little fish will go in there for cover and to feed and the big fish will follow them," Missouri park ranger Eric Lemons told Reuters. The reefs are considered prime fishing spots for crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish.

* A 25,660-acre swath of green in the Washington metropolitan region will go on being the area's "green lungs" after an agreement was signed to protect the land and form a comprehensive Forest Stewardship Plan. …

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