In the event you obtain our print journal, it’s possible you’ll discover that the Fall 2022 problem seems to be and feels a bit totally different than the final one. (In the event you don’t, please think about subscribing by turning into a member at the moment.) It’s the bodily embodiment of a wild provide chain experience. Over the previous two years, the paper trade—like all others linked to a worldwide market—has been on a curler coaster of rising prices and plunging capability. Early within the pandemic, mills shut down or shifted to producing packaging, whereas labor shortages and a flood of on-line procuring snarled transportation. At one level, our supply of 200,000 kilos of paper was caught at a port for months, sending us scrambling for a backup.
On this interlocking net of dependencies and market forces, there was one factor Audubon didn’t depend on: bushes. We way back determined to align the journal’s manufacturing with Audubon’s conservation values, so we use a physique paper produced from one hundred pc recycled content material.
In any case, birders and conservationists don’t take forests without any consideration. We recognize the wealthy biodiversity they help, and we acknowledge the excessive stakes of chopping them down. Each are abundantly clear in this problem’s cowl story. The Northern Noticed Owl might have survived the Timber Wars of the Eighties and ’90s, however the aggressive logging of old-growth forests that first put the chook in peril left it susceptible to new threats. Now, stopping its extinction would require drastic motion—together with capturing one other member of its genus.
Saving the Noticed Owl and different species may even require good stewardship of the complicated forest habitats the place birds dwell. On this problem, we showcase landowners studying to preserve woodlands and land managers striving to make forests extra resilient to local weather change. We additionally comply with one man on a extremely private quest: Jeff VanderMeer’s effort to rewild his forested yard.
Utilizing paper produced from recycled fibers sadly didn’t buffer us from a worldwide provide chain disaster. Because it seems, a waste stream equipped largely by colleges and workplaces additionally dries up throughout a pandemic. So we switched to the one different one hundred pc recycled paper for magazines available on the market, whose manufacturing is powered by biogas captured from landfills. An amazing quantity of effort goes into reporting, modifying, and illustrating the award-winning journalism that goes into every problem, and a mind-boggling community of logistics underpins the platform that delivers it. Thanks for supporting us throughout each twist and switch.
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