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Photos Document the Last Remaining Old-Growth Pine Forests of the American South

Before the early 20th century, longleaf pine forests were ubiquitous to the southern coastal plains, encompassing approximately 90 million acres of land. But years of deforestation by the logging and farming industries took its toll on the forested ecosystem, and today only 3 percent remains. Growing up in the pine belt of southern Mississippi, Chuck Hemard would explore the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forest adjacent to his neighborhood, but it wouldn’t be until 2010 that the photographer would embark on a seven-year project capturing what still exists of the forests…

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How This Tiny Town Drew World-Class Artists into the Forests of Finland

One night in the early 1990s, Ingmar Lindberg, an executive at the Fiskars metal tool company — famous for making scissors, knives, and gardening tools — was lying in bed, drifting off to sleep. But something kept nagging him. For months, Lindberg had been trying to puzzle out how to reinvigorate the small Finnish village where the company was founded in the 17th century. The town had thrived as an industrial and commercial center for more than 300 years, but by the 1980s, after it became clear that the ironworks…

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Edible gems of the Southern Forests

ALSO READ: A fabulous Western Australian (gourmet) escape We followed the food and wine trail down to the Southern Forests in Western Australia and were amazed by the variety and abundance in natural produce – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seafood, beef, lamb, poultry, cheeses and wines – we encountered along the way. It’s a road less trodden but the Great Southern Development Commission plotted the route, ensuring our group of chefs, food importers and writers from Malaysia and Singapore had the widest exposure to what the southern region had to offer….

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