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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
A new Climate Change Resource Center topic page summarizes some of the climate change impacts and management considerations for tropical island forests managed in part by the United States. Authors from the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station and International Institute of Tropical Forestry partnered...
Monday, June 22, 2015
The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released a guidebook last month on adapting forests for climate changes.   The guidebook, titled "Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change," was written with the purpose of supplementing current forest management planning and...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Worldwide, more than 5m hectares of jungle are being felled or burned down each year. In some countries, notably Indonesia, the situation is getting even worse. Over time countries trace a “forest transition curve”. They start in poverty with the land covered in trees. As they get richer, they fell the forest and the curve...
Friday, August 15, 2014
A 57-acre research plot at a University of Michigan forest preserve has been added to the Smithsonian Institution's Forest Global Earth Observatory network.   The plot will assist in the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. The Smithsonian network includes some 4.5 million trees from 8,500...
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...

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