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Friday, July 11, 2014
Stefan Schnitzer of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute studies woody vines in the tropical forests of Panama.   The results of his research could have implications for global climate change.   The vines, Schnitzer discovered,...
Friday, June 6, 2014
Red spruce (Picea rubens) is a tree species that researchers once thought was doomed because of acid rain. Measurements of the basal area of red spruce in New England have shot up in recent years, and while climate change is near the top of the list of theories for why, scientists have yet to determine how much of the...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Trees are often considered to be expensive-to-maintain assets with little value outside of hard-to-maintain aesthetics. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District thinks otherwise: in a city that reaches temperatures of 113 degrees, they’ve found that subsidizing the planting of more than 500,000 trees is an efficient way...
Monday, May 5, 2014
By extracting core samples from tree rings in the Rocky Mountains, scientists have found that droughts have been even worse in the West.  Brigham Young University professor Matthew Bekker found evidence of long droughts, such as a 16 year span beginning in 1703, and periods where the Weber River flowed at just 13 percent...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The first National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, is coming up on May 3rd.  As wildfires increase in duration and intensity, it is important to take time to prepare our communities for best possible prevention and safety in the event of fire.  Tips from NFPA...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Permafrost is permanently frozen ground – but shifts in climate is causing much of that ground to melt at an unprecedented rate, resulting “slumping land” which cracks pavement, breaks pipelines, opens holes, and changes the way that trees grow.  7 to 8 percent of the land in the middle boreal zone in Alaska is showing...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
“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...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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.  The seedlings were planted just north of their typical range: as climate change makes their natural range unsuitable, the trees will need to...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
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. Forest Service Eastern...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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...

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