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Maintaining Gross National Happiness: Bhutanese foresters adapt tech to monitor forests

UTAH — From Nov. 27 to Dec. 8 seven forest researchers from Bhutan worked with staff at the Forest Service Geospatial Technology and Applications Center to share techniques and knowledge for developing maps of forest change. Bhutan is a small country, a little larger than Maryland, nestled between India and China in the Himalayan Mountains. The Bhutanese Constitution recognizes the importance of natural resources and a healthy environment for the people’s Gross National Happiness — the central philosophy of Bhutan’s government.

Endangered Cedar Trees Poised to Make a Comeback Thanks to Forest Service Breeding Program

The Port-Orford-cedar, a large evergreen tree, is native to the Pacific Northwest where it plays a significant role ecologically and commercially. The quality of its wood makes it an ideal choice for decking, siding, and flooring, and in specialty products such as wooden arrows and musical instruments. It is also planted around the world as an ornamental tree and for windbreaks.

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