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Climate Change

Study shows consequences of warming climate on Michigan’s forests

“Climate change information is often presented at scales that are hard to digest,” said Stephen Handler, the lead author for the Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis, “This report is designed to give forest managers in Michigan the best possible science of effects of climate change for our particular forest ecosystems, so they can make climate-informed decisions about management today.”

Using fire to push pines into new territory

Can flamethrowers help trees migrate?  Recently, the Nature Conservancy set fire to a 20-acre field where they had previously planted about 1,000 longleaf pine seedlings to find out. 

98.8% of studied North American trees to lose suitable habitat by 2050

Higher temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and longer growing seasons predicted for the future may require that some tree species move into new areas to adapt to these new conditions.  Those unable to adapt or move quickly enough may succumb to climate change:  researchers with the U.S.

Out with the new, in with the old: USDA supports innovations in wood building materials

Supporting President Obama’s Climate Action Plan goal of preserving the role of forests in mitigating climate change, the economic value of sustainable forestry just went up with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of a new partnership to train architects, engineers and builders about the benefits of advanced wood building materials.  Innovative wood building has been on the rise, with

The smell of pine trees may play important role in limiting climate change

The fresh smell of pine trees is well-loved, featured in scented candles and dangling car fresheners everywhere.  But it may have a greater role in improving the quality of our lives than we first suspected: new research says that the smell o

Traveling trees follow shifts in temperature

“You are a snail. You are a plant. You like where you are. The temperature's right. It suits you. But…as a global average….temperatures are changing at a rate of 0.42 kilometers – or roughly, a quarter mile a year, which means that if you standing on a patch of earth, climate zones are moving at a rate (on average) of about 3.8 feet every day.”

Why do cities continue to water trees in a drought?

While it may seem counter-intuitive to water trees during a drought, trees are often key to a sufficient local water supply.  Los Angeles-based nonprofit Tree People has issued a call for residents to take care of urban and community trees despite three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall, which has contributed to California’s most severe drought emergency in decades. 

Joint landscape restoration project to improve forest resiliency

The United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie announced a multi-year partnership between the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) called the Chief’s Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership

The Amazon releasing carbon into the atmosphere?

Recent studies show that drought in the Amazon increases the release of carbon into the atmosphere.  The Amazon’s role as a major carbon sink (representing half of the entire planet’s tropical rainforests) is well-known, but climate-induced conditions are changing these perceptions.  Drought plays a significant role in carbon release/retention: during a 2010 drought, the rainfo

Climate change spurs root rot outbreaks

A recent study by the Washington State Academy of Sciences predicts that laminated root rot, a native pest found in Douglas fir stands throughout the Northwest, is likely to become an increasing threat as the climate changes.


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