Major watershed restoration efforts for the Tongrass National Forest/ Twelvemile Creek watershed on the Prince of Wales Island were begun in 2009, including wildlife habitat and streamside vegetation improvements, fish crossing and road condition improvements, and major in-stream channel work. This work, which was concluded in 2013, improved the habitat of a large variety of species, ranging from steelhead trout to wolves and black bears, and repair damage from long-ago, under-regulated log
“The dedicated work of public and private partners that began in earnest in the 1980s and that continues today has for the first time resulted in halting the century’s long decline in longleaf pine” says Vernon Compton, Longleaf Alliance and 2013 Chair of the Longleaf Partnership Council. Banded under America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI), Compton’s organization was among numerous others that managed to restore 1.38 million acres of longleaf restoration work
University of Connecticut scientist Mark Rudnicki has been researching something that seems very basic: why do trees fall down? Data about what kind of trees fall during storms – infected vs healthy, isolated or in a group, young or old – is apparently lacking, which is big considering that about 80-90 percent of power outages are caused by trees that failed.
In the late 1800s, 25% of hardwood trees in North America’s eastern forest were American chestnuts. 40 meters high and 2 meters across, they provided abundant resources for both people and wildlife in the form of food, shelter, and building materials.
During the first full week of October, thousands of forest scientists and managers from over 100 countries will converge in Salt Lake City, Utah for two co-located events. The first event, a joint convention hosted by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) will focus heavily on the relationship between forest science and management in the context of public policy, career development, fiduciary responsibilities, and personal values about natural systems.
The University of Connecticut is conducting research to find ways to protect power lines during major storms. The group has monitored this site in a nearby forest for more than a year as part of its efforts to learn how managing the deeper section of roadside forests could reduce outages from major storms.
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
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