Dollars and chainsaws: Can timber production help fund global reforestation?

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By Gianluca Cerullo Pedro Brancalion is used to the roar of chainsaws. For years, he’s heard loggers tearing down rainforest giants in the Brazilian Amazon, and listened as ancient trees were toppled and yanked from the Atlantic Forest’s remaining fragments. But this time the rip-roar of machinery and thwack of falling trees means something very different. This time, instead of chainsaws sounding a rainforest’s demise, they provide the soundtrack to its rebirth. Brancalion’s restoration project on Brazil’s Atlantic coast is reviving lost rainforest, with a twist. Like other ecological restorat…

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