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8Mil BC
In 2007 Hungarian scientists discovered a group of fossilized swamp cypress trees preserved from this time. The trees dated to the late Miocene geological period at a time when the Carpathian basin, present day Hungary, was a freshwater lake surrounded by swamps.
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3.4Mil BC
In California volcanic ash from about this time covered coastal redwood forests. In 1871 petrified redwood trees, dating to this time, were discovered in Calistoga, Ca.
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9400 BC
9200 BC
In 2006 researchers reported the discovery of nine carbonized fig fruits stored in Gilgal I, an early Neolithic village, located in the Lower Jordan Valley, which dated to this time.
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7542 BC
In 2008 Umeaa University said the world's oldest living tree on record, a spruce, took root about this time in central Sweden.
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1739
In northern California and Oregon some sort of extreme climactic event slowed the growth of redwood and other trees according to later tree ring studies by researchers.
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1850 Jul 25
The clipper ship Frolic, enroute from Hong Kong to SF, wrecked on a reef at the north edge of what is now California’s Preserve off Point Cabrillo Light Station. It had run opium from India to China to trade for silver and merchandise. The crew escaped in small boats and though all trade goods were lost the area became recognized as ideal for a redwood sawmill.
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1866
Henry Wickham (1846-1928) ventured from Britain to South America hoping to shoot exotic birds and ship home feathers for lady’s hats. This venture failed as the birds exploded from the rifle shots. He returned to the Amazon region and in 1876 gathered seeds of the Hevea brasiliensis tree, which produced latex. Less than 4% of some 70,000 seeds germinated, but this was enough to ship seedlings to Ceylon, India, Malaya and Singapore and begin a global rubber plantation boom.
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1879
The Bliss Mansion was built in Carson City for Duane Bliss, a lumber magnate. He supplied lumber to the Comstock mines.
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1879
The US Timber and Stone Act authorized the sale of federal land at $2.50 per acre. Thousands of acres of redwood timberland were sold to private parties.
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1881
A writer named Carle Liche published an article in the Antananarivo Annual and Madagascar Magazine that described his travels in Madagascar. He claimed to be the first European to contact the Mkodo tribe of cave-dwelling pigmies and described a man-eating tree and a ceremony in which a woman was sacrificed to the sacred tree. The story was debunked in 1955 by science writer Willy Ley, who established that Liche was a pseudonym and that the Mkodos and their tree were fictional creations.
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1883
In San Francisco Army Major W.A. Jones created a plan to transform the Presidio into a forested park-like reserve. In 1886 the Army began planting blue gum eucalyptus to serve as a windbreak on the ridges of the Presidio.
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1900
Frederick Weyerhaeuser, a German immigrant, and 15 partners purchased 900,000 acres of land from a railway company in Washington state.
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1904
A fast-spreading fungus was discovered that almost wiped out the American chestnut trees, which could grow to a height of 100 feet and a diameter of 8 feet or more. In 2006 a surviving stand was found near Warm Springs, Georgia.
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1905
In Marin County, Ca., US Rep. William Kent, heir to a Chicago meat-packing fortune, purchased 612 acres of old-growth redwood forest from the Tamalpais Land & Water Co. for $45,000.
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1907 Dec 26
William Kent (d.1928) donated 298 acres for the Muir Woods National Monument. US Rep. William Kent, heir to a Chicago meat-packing fortune, had moved to Marin County, Ca., in the late 1800s. His donations also included parkland on Mount Tamalpais.
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1908 Jan 9
Pres. Theodore Roosevelt declared Muir Woods in Marin County, Ca., a national monument.
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1912 Mar 27
The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, were planted in Washington, D.C. First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Yoshina cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac Tidal Basin, near the Jefferson Memorial. The event was held in celebration of a gift, by the Japanese government, of 3,020 trees to the US government for planting along Washington's Potomac River.
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1913 Feb 13
Joaquin Miller (b.1837), known as the "poet of the Sierras," died in Oakland, Ca. Miller had sponsored California’s 1st Arbor Day. His work included "Utopia" (1880) and “Life amongst the Modocs : unwritten history” (1873), an autobiographical novel first published in London. Miller was born as Cincinnatus Hiner Miller near Liberty, Indiana. His secret "California Diary" was unearthed 25 years after his death. In 1919 Oakland purchased his property and in 1928 turned it into a park combined with adjacent undeveloped tracts.
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1918
The California-based Save the Redwoods League began collecting donations for the purchase of redwood land. In 1960 the 33-mile Avenue of the Giants, a 52,000-acre area of river and redwoods, was dedicated following efforts by the Save the Redwoods League.
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1925 Sep 28
William Schlich b.1840), German-born forester, died in Oxford. He worked extensively in India and for the British administration. His 5-volume “Manual of Forestry” (1889-1996) became the standard and enduring textbook for forestry students.
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1945
The National Tribute Grove at Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park was established in honor of the men and women who served in America’s armed forces during WWII.
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1950
By this time chestnut trees were little more than a memory in most parts of North America. The fungus Cryphonectria parasitica, which causes chestnut blight, had arrived in infected saplings from Asia in the late 19th century and began decimating the estimated 4 billion trees.
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1957
In South San Francisco Alphonse Seubert (1916-2006) began planting trees on the southern slope of San Bruno Mountain. He continued for 40 years and ultimately oversaw the planting of some 35,000 trees.
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1960
The California-based Save the Redwoods League dedicated Avenue of the Giants Parkway in Humboldt Redwoods State Park after 40-year-long acquisition process.
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1964
In Ghana the Akosombo Dam was built on the Volta River. By 1966 extensive forests and the homes of 80,000 people were flooded to create Lake Volta. In 2006 Wayne Dunn negotiated a 2-year pilot agreement the government to explore the lake and a 15-year follow-up to harvest timber across 875,000 underwater acres.
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1965
Brazil’s Forest Code of this year required private landowners to leave to leave forests standing on part of their farms. In the Amazon this was set at four-fifths. This particular requirement has never been effectively implemented.
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1969
Archie "Red" Emerson took his Sierra Pacific logging company public.
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1971
John Belton Dewitt (1937-1996) became the executive director of the Save-the-Redwoods League, a California organization established in 1918. Under his 24-years as secretary and director $65 million was raised and 30,000 acres of virgin forest was acquired for public parks and preserves.
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1973
Christopher Hills (1926-1997), English-born microbiologist, founded the University of the Trees in Boulder Creek in Santa Cruz County, Ca., an alternative education and resource center. He also authored some 30 books.
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1975
Dutch elm disease was first found to have spread to California.
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1976 Oct 22
Pres. Ford signed S. 3091, the National Forest Management Act of 1976.
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1977
In Eureka, Ca., Eric Hollenbeck acquired the old 1904 condemned power plant and started a logging and sawmill business with $300. He began gathering old logging and woodworking tools and developed what came to be the Blue Ox Museum. He later took on at-risk students and planned a campus for 100 students by fall, 2001.
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1977
The famous 400-year-old Jeffrey pine on Sentinel Dome in Yosemite, Ca., died due to a severe drought. In 2003 the tree collapsed.
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1977
Wangari Maathai established the Green Belt Movement in Kenya under the auspices of the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake (National Council of Women of Kenya). The movement organizes poor rural women in Kenya to plant trees, combating deforestation, restoring their main source of fuel for cooking, and stopping soil erosion.
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1978
China began its The Green Wall tree planting project. By 2014 some 66 billion trees were planted as part of the Three North Shelterbelt project to hold back the expansion of the Gobi Desert.
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1979
The Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems Project was established as a collaborative research project between the Smithsonian Institution and the Brazilian Institute for Research in the Amazon. It was later renamed the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments project.
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1981
The SF Friends of the Urban Forest was founded.
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1982
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization published a study on global deforestation. A net loss of 10 million hectares of tropical rain forest was reported.
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1982
In Indonesia over three-quarters of the Riau province of central Sumatra was forested. By 2010 this dropped about a quarter.
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1983 Oct 5
Earl Tupper (b.1907), a Massachusetts tree surgeon, inventor and founder of Tupperware [see 1938], died in Costa Rica. In 2008 Bob Kealing authored “Tupperware: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party Pioneers.”
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1985
1997
In Niger some 60 million trees were planted over this period to stave off the encroaching Sahara Desert that expands by 500,000 acres each year. About half the trees have survived.
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1986
Maxxam Corp. took over Pacific Lumber Co. for $900 million. The purchase included the acquisition of 3,800 acres of the Headwaters, a stand of old-growth redwood in northern California.
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1986
The pine pitch canker was first noticed in California. Wilted needles and browned branch tips preceded the formation of resin-oozing cankers which then attract beetles. It was believed that beetles carried the disease.
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1987 Jun
A huge forest fire in China that began in May destroyed more than 3.7 million hectares of trees in Manchuria. This forced Chinese officials to open up commercial logging and consequently caused pressure on the Manchurian tiger. In the Black Dragon Fire 20 million acres of forest land along the Heilongjang River, which separates China from Russia, were burned. In 1989 Harrison E. Salisbury authored “Great Black Dragon Fire: A Chinese Inferno.”
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1987
Julio Baldenegro, a Mexican-Indian leader who opposed logging in Tarahumara mountains of northern Mexico, was killed. His unsolved murder marked the beginning of a wave of killings.
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1988
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) began publishing yearly accounts of deforestation. In 2004 it created the DETER system to alert the formation of new large-scale deforested areas.
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1990
2009
In Kenya the forests shrank during this period by a at least 60%.
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1990
2005
Global Witness estimated that Myanmar lost 18% of its forests during this period. The country once had four-fifths of the world’s teak.
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1992
2000
Environmental groups say wealthy landowners and power brokers, profiting from logging Mexico’s Petatlan Sierra, destroyed 40 percent of 558,000 acres of woodland, some of the worst deforestation on the planet. In 2005 after a month-long blockade by peasants, Boise Cascade canceled contracts for massive cutting operations in the Petatlan mountains, citing supply problems, and 15 logging permits were revoked. Since then at least a dozen peasant leaders have been targeted. Some have been arrested and jailed on what are widely seen as bogus charges engineered by political and economic interests profiting from logging. Others have gone into hiding and some have been killed.
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1992
The Honduran government was forced to revoke a 40-year forest concession it had granted to a Chicago-based paper company, Stone Container, after thousands of Hondurans marched in protest.
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1992
In Nicaragua, Violeta Chamorro cancelled a 30-year forest concession with a Taiwanese company after a public outcry.
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1993 Apr 2
President Clinton presided at a daylong conference in Portland, Ore., on how much logging should be allowed on federal land.
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1993
The US Forest Service cut logging by two-thirds to protect the spotted owl in northern California.
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1993
Timothy Synnott helped create the Forest Stewardship Council, which aimed at cutting logging abuse around the world.
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1994
The California-based Save the Redwoods League acquired 700 acres on Big Sur Coast, which became Limekiln State Park.
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1995
Foliage loss in trees in Europe was reported to be 18%, up 2.6 % from 1994 levels. The worst was in Germany, Poland, the Czech Rep. and Slovakia.
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1995
An Asian beetle, fatal to North American ash trees, arrived in the US about this time. It was 1st noticed in 2002 and by 2005 had killed some 15 million ash trees in Michigan. Ohio, Indian, and southern Ontario were also affected. Infested trees died within 4 years.
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1996 Mar
The US Senate defeated a measure to allow environmental challenges to timber salvage operators. Senators voting for the defeat were strongly supported by the timber industry.
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1996 May 20
In Malaysia timber exports have reached $1.5 billion from the state of Sarawak in north-central Borneo Island. The lives of the local Penans and other forest peoples have been forever fractured. Half of Sarawak is zoned for logging, 8% is to be permanently protected, and 42% is to be stripped away for development.
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1996 May 29
In Papua New Guinea the 500 Bahinemo people and the several hundred Bitara people were faced with the decision over whether to allow logging in their 2,300 sq. mls of primeval woodland.
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