Introduction to deforestation

Deforestation ocurs when large strands of forest are cut down to be used as construction materials, or to make room for industries, crops, or animals to graze.

This loss of forestation is occurring all over the world at a high rate, and includes losing the biodiversity of the tropical rainforests.

The result is soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, and loss of habitat. Deforestation is also a major contributing factor to global warming.

Learn More:

Ancient Forest Exploration and Research

Information and research about Ontario’s remaining old-growth forest ecosystems, including where to see them and how to help conserve them.

The Maine Forest Service

The Maine Forest Service shares your vision for beautiful, healthy and productive woodland. We respect your decisions, and can help put your decisions into action.

British Columbia Ministry of Forests

An official government site about forest policy in British Columbia. Site also includes facts and data. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is responsible for the stewardship of provincial Crown land and natural resources, and for the protection of B.C.’s archaeological and heritage resources.

Ecological restoration of Scottish Wildwood

Carrifran Wildwood Project-begun on January 1st, 2000- is recreating an ancient woodland in 1600 acres of Southern Scottish upland valley.

Economics of Forest Protection and Management

Find out about the economics of forests in the Southern U.S. and beyond, including measuring the sustainability of forestry, valuing nonmarket benefits, estimating the response of landowners to policy and incentive programs, projecting future timber supplies, modeling land use changes and forest fragmentation, and the understanding the potentials of ecotourism and agroforestry.

European Tropical Forest Research Network

Fosters research and public education. Features list of projects, information on workshops, funding opportunities and contacts.

Fundacion Jocotoco

Fundación Jocotoco is an Ecuadorian non-governmental organization (NGO), created in 1998 with the objective of protecting areas of critical importance for the conservation of endemic and threatened bird species in Ecuador that are not under the protection of the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP). Jocotoco achieves this goal by acquiring and managing land as biological reserves.

International Union of Forestry Research Organizations

IUFRO Vienna Office site. IUFRO is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists. Its objectives are to promote international cooperation in forestry and forest products research.


Iracambi is a community of people around the world whose vision is to see the beautiful Brazilian Atlantic Forest restored, with prosperous communities living in a flourishing landscape. Research in sustainable management, ecology and conservation of the Atlantic Brazilian Rainforest.


Project to restore a tropical rainforest in Sri Lanka in a scientific manner, through the active support and involvement of local communities. Provides information on the project, programs, biodiversity and eco-tourism.

Pan European Forest Council

Promotes an internationally credible framework for forest certification schemes and initiatives in European countries.

Plant-It 2020 Foundation

Founded by singer John Denver, Plant-It is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to properly planting, maintaining and protecting many indigenous trees as possible worldwide.


Resource database of rainforest plants including medicinal properties, preservation options, articles, and clinical trial data.

Royal Forestry Society of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Royal Forestry Society is based in the UK and caters for all who care about forestry, forests, woodlands and trees, their husbandry and their future.

Trees for Life

A Scottish conservation charity dedicated to the regeneration and restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland.

Trees for the Future

International tree planting project, working through education around the world.

Tropenbos International

Tropical forest research for nature conservation and sustainable use of rain forests in Cameroon, Colombia, Guyana, Ghana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Vietnam.

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

An international consortium of governments, private foundations, and development banks created to develop a network of harvest centers in the developing world. Purpose of group is to help restore soil fertility, create commercial cultivation, use trees to enhance the environment and support research in this area. Page gives news and list of projects.