Urban Forest Restoration Internship Openings at Nature Consortium due August 10th

Good Afternoon,

Nature Consortium is seeking applicants for three Fall internship openings with our Urban Forest Restoration Program. Nature Consortium’s mission is to connect people, arts and nature. The Urban Forest Restoration Program Interns will support the work of the Nature Consortium Forest Restoration Team to advance the restoration of the West Duwamish Greenbelt by conducting and leading volunteer-based forest restoration efforts.

We invite you to forward the attached internship announcement to students who may be interested in forest restoration, ecology, public land management, and environmental education. Cover letters and resumes are due August 10th to Mollie Behn at mollie.

Thank you! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.



Mollie Behn

Restoration Program Manager | Nature Consortium

4408 Delridge Way SW #107 | Seattle, WA 98106

Office: 206.923.0853 Cell: 206-659-2379| mollie | http://www.naturec.org

"Nature Consortium connects people, arts and nature!"

This program is supported by Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation, Green Seattle Partnership, Alcoa Foundation, American Forests, REI, Patagonia, 1% for the Planet, King Conservation District, Washington Native Plant Society, Forterra, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

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WSNLA Seattle Meets at OxBow Farm & Conservation Center on August 11

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WSNLA Seattle Chapter News
July 30, 2015
Dear Michelle,

With the advance of a real summer this year, I hope you took advantage of the warm weather to get a number of your creative projects underway or completed. I did and am quite pleased with the results. In August we will resume the scheduled meeting opportunities for members of the WSNLA Seattle Chapter and our guests at Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center in Carnation, Washington. Read on for the details for the next meeting on August 11. Be sure to check out the web site for Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center.

If you are enjoying the chapter meetings and special events offered by WSNLA, consider becoming part of the planning team. Channel your extra energy into the implementation of seminars and tours related to the horticulture industry that are unique and not available through any other venue. This activity is all volunteer and is highly rewarding.

Here are the details for the next Seattle Chapter event:

WHO: WSNLA members and guests (if you read this message, you are my guest)

WHAT: "Bring Nature Back to Farming" by Bridget McNassar,

Native Plants and Restoration

Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center

WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE: Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center

10819 Carnation-Duvall Road NE

Carnation, WA 98014

Come early to browse through the nursery. Click here for directions.

HOW: RSVP to Kirsten Lints at kirsten by August 9.

HOW MUCH: $20 per person. This event will include a food offering. Let Kirsten know if you have special dietary needs.


Oxbow is a 25 acre organic farm, education center, and native plant nursery located on a 100-acre wilderness preserve in the Snoqualmie Valley, 25 miles east of Seattle. The farm supports a 600 member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that supplies over 30 restaurants and independent grocery stores with local, organic produce. The education center, which has a working small farm and Living Playground, is committed to teaching children about sustainable agriculture and the environment. At Oxbow children see firsthand where their food comes from, where salmon spawn, and understand why there is a need to protect both. The Native Plant Nursery, built in 2013, is a production, research and education facility. Oxbow aims to grow the highest quality native plants for restoration, mitigation and landscaping, using ecologically sound practices, and to foster research and education that contribute to the restoration and nursery-growing community.

Come tour the native plant nursery, and learn how and why Oxbow uses sustainable practices to produce plants, to do the research on native plant propagation, and why it aims to use locally adapted plant material. You will see this year’s crop of 80+ beautiful native species, their state-of-the-art greenhouse facility, and the beautiful Oxbow property that inspires its work here. We will tour the nursery and children’s farm and garden, and discuss how native plants are an important part of our agricultural system at Oxbow.

CPH folks will also have the opportunity to earn one continuing education CPH credit for participating in this event. Prepare to be inspired.

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We understand that the University of Washington will create a new 20K square foot Biology Greenhouse to advance plant science research, teaching and public outreach as part of a new Life Sciences Building complex. A state-of-the-art, energy efficient facility with modern lighting, irrigation, and temperature controls will replace the existing 65-year-old Botany Greenhouse. Click here for a link to the proposed Life Sciences Building plans which are slated for completion in 2018.

Other Industry Events
Around the Puget Sound

APLD Washington is presenting a Summer Evening in Ginny Ruffner’s Studio Garden. This event will take place on Thursday, August 13, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM in downtown Ballard. The address will only be provided to registered guests. Ginny Ruffner was trained as a painter (MFA) at the University of Georgia in 1975. For detailed information on this event, click here. This event is limited to APLDWA members only at $40 per person. Information on other seminars planned by APLD WA can be found on the APLD 2015 calendar.

Plant Amnesty is also continues to host a wide variety of pruning seminars and other events this winter and spring. Kindly check out the link to consider its offerings. Classes are offered in English and Spanish.

WALP will host a Field Day on July 16 at JB Instant Lawn in Redmond and a Golf Tournament on August 4 at Harbor Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo.

Future WSNLA Seattle Chapter Events already on the schedule:

  • September 8"Exclusive Look at an Incredible Downtown Seattle Project." Details are too top-secret to be shared at this time.
  • November 10"Tactics for Conquering the InBox and Making E-mail More Manageable" plus "Be Inspired with Your Business Direction." Location: Ragen & Associates in Seattle.
  • December"2016 Trends in Our Industry." Location: A trendy Woodinville winery tasting room. Date and place TBD.
Seattle Solstice Private Tour Opportunity

You still have an open invitation to arrange a private tour of Seattle jason to arrange an eye-opening view of one-of-a-kind project possibilities. WSNLA and WALP members had the opportunity to tour this extraordinary site in South Seattle in April 2014. This is your opportunity to see for yourself how Seattle Solstice can fit into your landscape projects.

RSVP to chapter meetings by responding to this e-mail or sending me a note via wjcollins. You may respond to other offerings directly to the organizations listed for those events. Add my e-mail address to your address book to avoid letting these messages migrate to a spam folder.


Bill Collins
WSNLA Seattle Chapter Treasurer

Seattle Chapter Leaders

Please contact the following people with ideas about future Seattle Chapter meetings:

Jerry Rosso, Rosso Gardens rjerryrosso

Kirsten Lints, Gardens ALIVE Design kirsten

Brenda Krauth ocnblu

Consider joining this group in planning exciting events to enhance professionalism among our membership. We are looking for creative minds and talented hands.

Remember, you may call me at 425-894-4415 or e-mail me or the other chapter leaders to offer suggestions or find out about future chapter events.
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How to grow a tiny forest anywhere

A forest planted by humans, then left to nature’s own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.


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Apply or Nominate Today: Environmental Leadership Program

My name is Shin Shin Hsia and I am the Outreach Coordinator as well as a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. I am emailing you to see if you would share this opportunity with College of the Environment, Academic Affairs & Diversity staff and Program alumni for our 2015NationalFellowship and NW Regional Fellowship for environmental and social change leaders.

The mission of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is to support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and rise to new leadership positions. For the last 15 years, we have created a dynamic network among 700+ of the country’s top emerging environmental and social change leaders.

Our Fellowship Programs offers intensive leadership and skill training, regional and national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Our curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies.


ELP looks for applicants that demonstrate:

· Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and respond to social and environmental challenges

· Willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits

· Commitment to the values of diversity and justice within the environmental and social change fields

· The ability and desire to remain an active member of the ELP Senior Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship

· Eagerness to connect with and learn from others

Program Dates

Pacific Northwest Regional Fellowship

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2015

Retreat 1: October 22-25, Seabeck, WA

Retreat 2: January 7-10, Bainbridge Island, WA

Retreat 3: March 10-13, Sublimity, OR

National Fellowship

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2015

Retreat 1: October 14-18, Omena, MI

Retreat 2: January 25-29, Sonoma, CA

I hope you will consider submitting an application or shinshin if you have additional questions!

Join our mailing list to get the ELP Newsletter updates about upcoming events and program dates!


Shin Shin Hsia

Outreach Coordinator

Pacific Northwest Senior Fellow

Environmental Leadership Program


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Wildlands Studies upcoming programs – space available: Fall, Winter and Spring

Greetings from Wildlands Studies!

I hope you summer is going well. We have had a wonderful summer, with seven programs spanning the globe (South Africa, Mexico, Belize, Yellowstone, Vancouver Island, Banff, Big Sur), and we are gearing up for fall. I am emailing you now to share that we have space available on our upcoming programs, and ask that you pass our information along to your students.

For this Fall, we still have a few spaces available on two of our programs – Argentina and New Zealand – and ask that if you have interested students, please have them apply soon. We are also welcoming applications for our 2016 winter and spring programs to Chile, Tasmania, Peru, Thailand, Nepal, South Africa and Costa Rica. Some of these are filling up, and we encourage students to apply now to ensure they participate on their first choice.

We are always here to answer questions. Much more information is available on our website: www.wildlandsstudies.com. Thanks for sharing our information with your advisees.

Best, Leslie

Leslie Arutunian

Director, Wildlands Studies



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Seeking interested student(s) to built hydroponic edible wall, starting ASAP

We are a research and development test kitchen with a mission of representing the ways we communicate with food through a scientific lens, and with an approach to food as art.

We have a vision to build a hydroponic edible wall as one of our art installations in our space, and I am curious if you have any potential student(s) that would be interested in building the garden?

The start date is ASAP. Time and days are flexible for the student, just as long as they are between 10a.m- 5p.m., M-F. The job would be unpaid, but there could be an option for academic credit or internship credit/ opportunity, depending on the academic program.

Please have students contact lindsey if they are interested!

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Seeking interested student(s) to built hydroponic edible wall

SEFS students – please consider this request for volunteers from Imagine Food Innovation Group. I believe you can write to Lindsey Shepherd, at lindsey.


My name is Sophia Lizardi from Imagine Food Innovation Group. We are a research and development test kitchen with a mission of representing the ways we communicate with food through a scientific lens, and with an approach to food as art.

We have a vision to build a hydroponic edible wall as one of our art installations in our space, and I am curious if you have any potential student(s) that would be interested in building the garden?

Thanks so much,

Sophia Lizardi

Multi-Media Coordinator

Imagine Food Innovation Group

1001 Western Ave

Seattle, WA 98104


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AUT 2015/ASTBIO 115 – Intro to Astrobiology: Life in the Universe

The Astrobiology Program is offering a course this autumn titled "Intro to Astrobiology: Life in the Universe" which is designed specifically for non-science, liberal arts majors. This 5-credit ASTBIO 115 course is offered jointly with ASTR 115, BIOL 114, ESS 115 and OCEAN 115, and has a corresponding lab section. Attached is a flyer with more information about Astrobiology and course content. I would appreciate you passing this information on to any students who you think might be interested or who are looking for a class to fulfill their Natural World requirement. They are welcome to contact me with any questions regarding the class. Thank you.


Autumn 2015
ASTBIO 115 (offered jointly with ASTR 115, BIOL 114, ESS 115 and OCEAN 115)
Intro to Astrobiology
5 credits
Lecture: M/W/F 1:30-2:20pm
Lab Sections: T/Th @ 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
Fulfills Natural World requirement

ASTBIO 115.pdf

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MS Forest Ecology Assistantship opportunity in NREM

*MS Graduate Assistantship: Forest Ecosystems Remote Sensing*

The Forest Remote Sensing Lab at Iowa State University seeks a motivated M.S. student interested in forest ecology, satellite remote sensing, GIS modeling, and computer programming. This graduate assistantship involves working with forest mensuration data collected in the Superior National Forest of northern Minnesota to generate spatially explicit estimates of critical forest biophysical parameters needed to track forest fuels and model forest fire behavior (LANDFIRE). The goal is to use spatially continuous estimates of forest structure to explore adaptive strategies for fire risk mitigation and management, and to improve modeling of ecosystem response to environmental change. The student will initially spend 50% of their time writing code to reconfiguring field plot data into canopy biomass (in layers) based on tree crown dimensions and shapes, allometric crown biomass, and measured canopy gap fraction. Resulting canopy biomass estimates will then be scaled up to the landscape level using concurrent, multispectral satellite sensor data.

For this position, we are in search of a student with strong math and programming skills, with interest and background in boreal or sub-boreal forest ecology, GIS and satellite remote sensing technologies. The student will use satellite image data (Landsat, SPOT, etc.), image processing software (Erdas Imagine, ENVI), GIS analyses, and statistical modeling (Matlab, SAS, R, Python) to explore and exploit relationships between forest biophysical parameters and satellite-detected forest reflectance. The student will matriculate in the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department at Iowa State University, where formal classwork will commence in spring of 2016.

The assistantship is available immediately, however the student must be matriculated as soon as possible to be considered for the spring 2016 term. The position is a standard 50% time assistantship with a stipend ($21,600/year), 50% tuition remission, and access to excellent health care benefits.


Solid math and statistics skills with a working knowledge of satellite remote sensing and GIS. Strong programming or scripting experience (e.g., Matlab, R, or Python) is required. Good English writing and verbal communication skills, binocular vision, as well as the ability to work with a team, are essential. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license.

*Application Process:*

To apply for this position, send the following information in electronic form to ptwolter: cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and unofficial copies of transcripts. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position has been filled.

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Beaver & stream ecology internship announcement

Beaver & stream ecology internship announcement

Summary: USGS is offering a summer internship to participate in beaver research in the Skykomish Basin, near Seattle WA. The goal of this research is to relocate beavers into headwater riparian areas of the Skykomish River and monitor the ecological benefits provided by beavers. The selected applicant will participate in field-monitoring for hydrology and ecological change (75%), beaver trapping, husbandry, housing, and relocation (25%).

Terms: Full-time, paid summerposition (40 hours per week), must be a student

Compensation: This is a federal position, paid at GS-5 level

Deadline to apply: ASAP – position closes Thursday July 16th

Apply here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/409459700

please note, proof of student status is required


USGS FRESC announces a summer beaver ecology internship position opening in Seattle, Washington. This is a full-time summer position, working as part of the Sky Beaver Project research team, which includes researchers from USGS, University of Washington, The Tulalip Tribes, and other Federal and local agencies, and NGO’s. The selected intern will work as a team member on all aspects of the project, including beaver trapping, handling, and release, environmental monitoring and site assessments, and data collection, management, and analysis.


As a Student Trainee (Biology) with the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of Biology. Duties include:

– Primary responsibilities will be to oversee the animal holding facility, ensuring that raceways are clean, animals are healthy, and beaver are fed daily.
– Perform field reconnaissance of optimal beaver habitat in the Skykomish River Basin.
– Assist in setting, monitoring, and retrieving beaver live-traps, and processing trapped animals. – Assist in relocating beaver and performing post-release environmental monitoring activities.
*All duties described above will occur either on the Tulalip Reservation or with Usual and Accustomed Tribal grounds (100% on tribal lands). Special emphasis will be placed on ensuring that all intern-related activities have a high degree of education or experiential relevance.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

· Knowledge of aquatic or fluvial ecosystems, including plant ID, wetland ID, and fauna.

· Knowledge of natural resource issues such as stream, wetland and riparian ecology, native plants, water quality, salmon habitat, and soils.

· Ability to communicate effectively with private landowners, project partners, and co-workers.

· Ability to use computers to write reports, keep track of work progress, prepare high quality maps using ArcGIS software, and record field data.

· Ability to organize and plan own schedule of activities and to set priorities related to work goals set by the Executive Director and co-managers of the project.

· Ability to maintain accurate records regarding time-keeping and authorized expenses.

· Ability to operate a motor vehicle, including full-size pick-up and trailer, on both public and private roads during daylight and occasionally after dark.

· Ability to work in all types of terrain on foot and operate hand and power tools. Physical effort is required; lifting weights of up to 50 lbs. Work conditions involve strenuous activity, all types of topography, weather, or related outdoor features and frequent travel.

· Must be able to swim.

· Ability to work well with technically diverse project teams.

· Ability to communicate effectively in a team setting.

· Self-motivation and an ability to work independently.

· A valid driver’s license.

To apply for this position:

  • Applications must be submitted here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/409459700
  • Applicants must be a student and should provide proof of student status (transcripts or related materials) in the application packet. Failure to do so will invalidate the application
  • Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references. Application materials must be received on or before Thursday, July 16th, 2015.

For more information, contact Ben Dittbrenner at dittbrenner. Alternatively, Dr. Christian Torgersen, the project PI, can be contacted as well.

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Recruiting ’15-16 Undergrad Research Leaders: App deadline: 9/1/15

Apply to be an Undergraduate Research Leader!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers from all disciplines to be Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) for the 2015-16 academic year. Students conducting research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

URLs serve a central role in connecting undergraduates to support services of the URP. The goal of the URL program is to increase awareness and participation of undergraduates doing research in a range of disciplines. As a URL, you can motivate future undergraduate researchers! Anticipated URL time commitment is approximately 8-10 hours/month and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.

More information and application available here: http://www.washington.edu/undergradresearch/students/urls/apply/

Questions? Contact the URP Staff at urp@uw.edu or (206) 543-4282

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Happy Friday everyone!

I am pleased to let everyone know that applications for the 2015 Multicultural Alumni Partnership Scholarship are now available! It is entirely an on-line process, and details can be found in the attached PDF.

A brief description:

The University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA) Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) awards scholarships to deserving University of Washington students who need financial assistance to assist with their progress toward a degree at the UW. Funding for these scholarships comes from contribution from UW alumni and friends as well as proceeds from the Bridging the Gap Breakfast held annually on Homecoming Saturday.

One of MAP’s missions is to promote the UW and the UWAA. It supports the recruitment of diverse students, faculty and staff and encourages appropriate mentoring activities.

Qualifications for MAP Scholarships:

  • Continuing UW student in good standing
  • Full-time student at the University of Washington, undergraduate or graduate/professional
  • Minimum one quarter at the UW
  • Financial aid need as determined by the UW Office of Student Financial Aid

Please forward this to any student who might have a financial need. If you have more questions, contact Dr. James Flowers (jflowers) directly.

Thanks so much,

Jason Boyd

President, UW Multicultural Alumni Partnership



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L ARCH 353/553 Modern History of Landscape Architecture – Autumn 2015

L ARCH 353/553 Modern History of Landscape Architecture will be offered this Autumn Quarter 2015, instead of Winter 2016 (for this year only). (L ARCH 352/552 History of Landscape Architecture will be offered Winter 2016.) It’s a great course and does count as Writing/VLPA/I&S. >
> College of Built Environments
> Landscape Architecture – Taught by Professor Thaisa Way Designing > Landscapes in a Modern World: History of Modern Landscape > Architecture
> LARCH 353A SLN#: 22347; L ARCH 353B Honors Section SLN#: 22858; L > ARCH 553A SLN# 22348
> 5 credit course (Graduate Students and Honor Students must also attend > a Seminar M 12:00-1:20, GLD 110)
> Lectures: M/W/F 9-10:20, Gould Hall 322
> This course offers students an opportunity to investigate modernism > and the modern landscape architecture as process, product, and theory. >
> What makes a good urban landscape? A great public park? An inspiring work of landscape art? > This course will explore the history of designing and creating gardens > and landscapes in diverse cultures and places as the profession and > practice of landscape architecture has become a leading field in the > design and creation of newly imagined city spaces and places. >
> We will begin in the 19th century with Central Park in New York City, > one of The first public parks designed for the public and work our way > up to the Post-Industrial parks and landscapes of the late 20th > century. We will study small gardens that inspire the poet and large
> nature preserves as well as city plazas, corporate roof gardens, and the neighborhood park. >
> We will explore how modern art and architecture influence landscape > design and in turn how environmental thinking influenced the push for > sustainable cities. What does it mean to be modern? How does > creativity shape the design of natural landscapes? This course > provides an historic and critical overview of the evolution of > modernism and modernist designs in terms of aesthetic, technological, > social, and spiritual concerns in the built landscape. Moving between
> practice and theory, between design as a creative art and as a way of thinking, we will consider diverse modernisms across the Americas and Europe. >
> Thanks,
> JoAnne Edwards
> UofW Landscape Architecture Dept.

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New Green Chemistry Course for Autumn 2015

ENV H 310 Green Chemistry

ENV H 310 Green Chemistry.pdf

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MESA: Be a Tutor – Volunteering Opportunity for Fall 2015

Be a Tutor with Seattle MESA

· Earn up to 10 credits in your major or minor

· Motivate and mentor a student

· Develop your teaching skills

· Build confidence in STEM subject areas

· Work with other great UW volunteers

· Travel available through UCAR

For more information please contact Joffrey Hooks at mtutoruw or (206) 616-2946

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Advisers Afro-Peruvian Dance – Dance 231 – VLPA

There is still space available in our one-time offering of Afro-Peruvian Dance (Dance 231 – SLN 22224) with living legend Lalo Izquierdo. This course will include theoretical and practical knowledge which will allow students to express, communicate, practice and pass on Afroperuvian dance. The course will introduce students to the etymology of the name, geographical area where the dance is practiced, historical origins of the dance, and specific dance steps. No prior experience in dance required.

Tues/Thurs 4:30-6:00pm

2 credits, VLPA

Meany Hall 266

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What’s Really Warming the World?


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July 8, 2015 · 11:44 am

11 Ways Technology Stops Crime Against Endangered Animals


Topher White, founder and head of Rainforest Connection, uses a recycled cell phones outfitted with solar panels and antennas to catch illegal loggers red-handed in Borneo’s forests.

Photograph by Rainforest Connection

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