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Friday, August 22, 2014
Virginia’s ash tree population coule be decimated in the next decade by the emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB was first found in Virginia in 2003 in Fairfax County. The beetle, native to Asia, spread swiftly from Michigan along the interstate, carried in packing materials and firewood. The bug also spreads on its own, along...
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...
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
Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall in Hawaii earlier this month and destroyed most of the papaya trees in the Puna/Kapoho growing district on Hawaii’s Big Island. This district makes up about 90 percent of the state's papaya production.   “The losses are devastating...This could be similar to losses from ringspot...
Friday, August 15, 2014
The coconut rhinoceros beetle, first discovered in December at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, is destroying coconut trees and the associated economy.   The insect bores holes in the leaves, damaging and killing the trees, and work crews have removed 150 sick trees to prevent the spread.   “(This will...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Scientists and biologists across Idaho and other Western states fear the aspen tree may someday vanish.   Over the past 100 years, the number of aspen trees across Eastern Idaho has declined by an estimated 60 percent, according to the Eastern Idaho Aspen Working Group (EIAWG).   Similarly, Arizona has lost 90...
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...

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