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Friday, March 6, 2015
A Montana State University ecologist who has studied the movement of water through redwood trees has now received a federal grant to investigate the movement of nitrogen through a western Montana forest. Concerned about the productivity of mountainous forests across the American West, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's...
Friday, March 6, 2015
Native black cottonwood trees in North America including in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada are at serious risk of catching a killer, non­native fungus unless researchers can figure out how to stop it, B.C. forest scientists say. Black cottonwoods are found along B.C.'s coast and are an integral part of the ecosystem as...
Friday, March 6, 2015
The Svalbard "doomsday" vault, known for protecting global food crop seeds, has accepted its first delivery of forest tree species seeds. Norway spruce and Scots pine samples have entered the vault inside a mountain on the Arctic archipelago. The frozen depository opened in 2008 and is designed to withstand all natural and...
Friday, March 6, 2015
Scientists say signs of spring are appearing earlier in British woodlands because of temperature rises in past decades. They predict that climate change will alter the order in which different trees start to grow leaves, with long-term implications for the survival of some woodland plants. A 200-year-old record from a...
Friday, March 6, 2015
Maple sugaring has always been a season completely reliant on the weather. A good sap flow comes from a warm-up during the day, and cooler temperatures at night; this year, there's an added obstacle for maple sugarers—too much snow. "Last year we were tapping third week in February. The year before, second week in February...
Friday, March 6, 2015
An Estonian oak tree in a football field has received the European Tree of the Year Award with nearly 60,000 votes. The Estonian oak tree received 59,836 votes, almost a third (32 percent) of the 185,000 votes cast in total for 14 trees from countries across Europe. All the trees join the European Trail of Trees, which...
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Many eastern Colorado trees were unprepared for the record-breaking cold in early November. Temperatures in Denver plunged from the high 60s to minus 14 degrees over just four days, and as a result, many trees suffered needle and bud damage that will impact tree health this year. “Foresters along the Front Range have been...
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Reflecting upon the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) situation in Illinois, 2014 was definitely a disheartening year. Sixteen new counties were confirmed positive in this year alone, seven of which were outside the established quarantine. Compare this figure to a total of 34 from when it was first detected in 2006, up to the end of...
Friday, February 27, 2015
If we’re not careful, harmful insects and plants could leave scars on Minnesota’s environment. Here is some information from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. What is an invasive species? According to scientists, an invasive species is an organism (animal, insect, plant, pathogen, etc.) that is not native to a...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
For some animals, there’s no such thing as a dog-eat-dog world. They rule. Animals from around the world that stow away in airplanes, ships and the luggage of some smuggler become almost bulletproof when they make their way into the American wilderness as invasive species. Why? They’re new here, and they don’t have...

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