[PCA] NWFP-Digest-L No. 4/08 - Plant conservaiton issues

Patricia_DeAngelis at fws.gov Patricia_DeAngelis at fws.gov
Thu Jun 5 08:38:10 CDT 2008

A few interesting articles from the latest edition of FAOs NWFP (non-wood 
forest products) Digest Newsletter. 

Patricia S. De Angelis, Ph.D.
Botanist - Division of Scientific Authority
Chair - Plant Conservation Alliance - Medicinal Plant Working Group
US Fish & Wildlife Service
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No. 4/08
Welcome to FAO?s NWFP-Digest-L, a free e-mail journal that covers all 
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40.       How is a tree valued? 
Source: BBC News, UK, 23 April 2008
A plane tree in central London has been valued at £750,000 under a new 
system that puts a "price" on trees. How? 
            A six-foot-wide plane in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, is thought 
to be the UK's most valuable tree. 
            Large, mature, city trees like this one are being blamed - 
sometimes wrongly and often fatally - for damage to neighbouring 
            But it is hoped a new valuation system will make it harder for 
"expensive" trees to be felled due to doubtful suspicions they are to 
blame for subsidence. 
            So how are trees priced? Size is the biggest factor, followed 
by population density of the surrounding area (how many people enjoy the 
tree), the size of the canopy, its life expectancy, its impact (does it 
flower or drop annoying honeydew) and any special factors, such as Queen 
Victoria planting it. 
            The system has been trialled in London and is gradually being 
adopted by local authorities elsewhere, such as Bristol. 
For full story, please see: 

53.       Web sites and e-zines
A collaborative process that views forest ecosystems from a landscape 
perspective to discover better ways to restore their health and protect 
our communities 
(From Gyde Lund)

Charles Darwin ? complete works
Now available on line. This is the largest ever publication of Darwin 
papers and manuscripts, totalling about 20,000 items in nearly 90,000 
electronic images
(From Raju Acharya via the Nepalese Foresters List.)

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