Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems


Are church forests key to conservation in Ethiopia?

Article from Deutsche Welle (DW) that provides an excellent summary of TREE Foundation and Dr. Lowman’s conservation efforts in Ethiopia: In the highlands of Ethiopia efforts are underway to protect the cultural and biological resources of an ancient landscape. The key to regeneration may be as old as the

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Solar disinfection: an approach for low-cost household water treatment technology in Southwestern Ethiopia

Worku Legesse, Associate Researcher of the Tree Foundation, co-published the following article. The final version of the article has been published in the Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering. The electronic version of this article can be found on the Journal of Environmental Health Science and

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Lowman to study coffee forests in Ethiopia as Fulbright Specialist

Dr. Margaret D. Lowman, research professor in the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University and senior scientist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, will teach and study coffee forests in Ethiopia this winter as part of the Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar Program. Lowman

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Mobile computers open doors to scientific discovery

Dr. Lowman’s latest Nature’s Secrets column in New PDAs (personal digital assistants or hand-held computers) are flooding the market with their myriad sound bytes, applications (apps), and jargon. As the proud owner of an iPhone, I must admit that its ever-changing, innovative uses (other than conventional

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A Preliminary Assessment of Ethiopian Sacred Grove Status at the Landscape and Ecosystem Scales

Abstract: The northern Ethiopian landscape is dotted with small patches of church forests that are religious centers for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church (EOTC). These sacred groves are what remain of the once vast tropical Afromontane dry forest. Herein we review the landscape pattern of sacred groves

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Conservation in India — Kids helping conserve their environment!

CLIC Abroad changes lives at photo workshop in Pragpur, India by Tom Grant, Ph.D. Children Learning International Cultures Abroad (CLIC Abroad) recently brought the learning power of the digital image to more than 50 middle school children in Pragpur, India. Thanks to partners such as Museum of

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Royal family are nature lovers

From New Straits Times: The conservation of wildlife and its habitat is something close to the Johor royal family’s heart. In a recent “Wildlife Conservation Awareness Day: Save Wildlife, Save Life” forum, the Sultan of Johor’s consort Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah said that creating awareness

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“The Church in the Forest” in The Tablet (December 2010)

This article from the December 2010 issue of The Tablet is about the Ethiopian Church Forests:

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Five Questions with Canopy Meg

Meg Lowman in trees

From The Abstract: Meg Lowman is the director of the Nature Research Center at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and a research professor at NC State. She has conquered the canopy of the rainforest, and opened up an entirely new world to scientific discovery. She’s just

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Two new species of oribatid mites from Ethiopia

Sergey G. Ermilov1, Neville N. Winchester, Margaret M. Lowman & Alemayehu Wassie 2012. Two new species of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) from Ethiopia, including a key to species of Pilobatella. Systematic & Applied Acarology 17(3): 000–000. Abstract: Two new oribatid mite species, Austrocarabodes (Uluguroides) kluttzi Ermilov, Winchester,

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