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Friday, August 29, 2014
Entering the final month of an intense wildfire season that has set the American West ablaze, with more than 17,000 wildfires across 2.3 million acres, Congress must recognize that its model for wildfire suppression is broken. By failing to provide an emergency funding source for federal firefighting efforts, Congress...
Friday, August 29, 2014
The climate of the northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists say climate change is scrambling the complex relationship between water and nature and could threaten some species with extinction as well as bring hardship to ranchers and farmers already suffering...
Friday, August 29, 2014
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) started the process of revisiting permanent monitoring plots established in 2004 in the forests of St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix as part of a recurring effort to measure and monitor the public and private forestland of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Information from the inventory is used on a...
Friday, August 29, 2014
From 2008 through 2012, researchers studied forested lands on more than 3,000 areas across New Mexico. Researchers will continue to study New Mexico’s forest health trends and plan to publish updates every five years. “A significant trend we found was an overall increase in tree mortality and decline in tree growth,” said...
Friday, August 29, 2014
Plant waters are rising! Introduced several years ago, coconut water has been big for a while. Maple water is a newer entry and is essentially maple sap, the stuff that normally is boiled down to syrup. Brands include Vertical Water and SEVA. And that’s not the only tree water on the market. There’s also birch water and,...
Friday, August 29, 2014
Today over one-third of all K-12 students in Vermont attend a wood heated school and Vermont is home to the greatest concentration of installed modern wood heating systems in North America. The industry’s growth in Vermont is attributed to a high dependence on expensive heating oil, a wealth of forest resources, a culture...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Florida State Forester Jim Karels was recognized by the Florida Cabinet this week in appreciation for his leadership during the investigation into the deaths of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona in 2013. “Jim demonstrated true leadership in lending his expertise and experience to the investigation of the...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Over the past 20 years, a changing climate, population growth near forests and rangelands, and the buildup of brush and other fuels have dramatically increased the severity of wildfires and the damage that they cause to our natural lands and communities. Year after year, fire seasons grow longer and longer, destroying...
Friday, August 22, 2014
California's record drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey. The lack of rain has ravaged native plants and forced farmers to scale back crop production, leaving fewer places for honeybees to forage. California is traditionally one of the largest honey producers in the United States. "Our...
Friday, August 22, 2014
Longleaf pine forests now cover 3.3 million acres in the United States, up from a low of 2.8 million acres. Similarly, the acreage of longleaf- dominated forestland has increased to 4.2 million acres, up from 3.9 million acres. While these gains may seem small, this upward trend illustrates the importance of strong science...

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