Air Pollution Could Worsen Water Shortages in a Changing Climate

Researchers combined a series of models to assess the individual and combined impacts of climate change and air pollution on water availability and ecosystem productivity.

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Air Pollution Could Worsen Water Shortages in a Changing Climate
News Alert Collaboration on Drought Resilience is Delivering Results for America’s Communities and Economy

Over the past year, we have seen alarming mass tree mortality in California, the development of severe drought conditions in New England and the Southeast, and dropping water tables in regions throughout the United States.

News Alert USDA Deputy Under Secretary promotes environmental justice goals

Today, environmental justice at USDA refers to meeting the needs of underserved communities by reducing disparate environmental burdens, removing barriers to participation in decision making, and increasing access to environmental benefits that help make all communities safe, vibrant and healthy places to live and work.

News Alert Climate Change Resource Center Delivers New Education Module

With so many challenges and options to consider, forest managers wondering, “What is the right way to respond to current and future climate change?” may need to reframe the question.

News Alert Southern Forest Products: An Economic Engine

A story map developed by U.S. Forest Service researchers allows users to interactively chart the ebb and flow of forest products across the southern states.

News Alert State of the Climate

View monthly State of the Climate reports from the National Climatic Data Center.

News Alert New Research Natural Areas Website

Within our national forests lies a network of protected ecosystems that are designated for non-manipulative research, educational purposes, or for maintaining biological diversity. These areas are called Research Natural Areas, or RNAs, and a new website will make it easier to use them and share data from them.

News Alert Between Two Worlds: Frank Lake heals the land using modern science and traditional ecological knowledge

Frank Lake grew up learning traditional practices from the Karuk and Yurok Tribes. He developed an interest in science which led to his career choice as a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station.

News Alert Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

A new Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program story map demonstrates the variety of treatments involved in the program, depicting the more than 1 million acres treated by federal, state and private landowners over a 13-year period.

News Alert Trees Reduce Building Energy Use in U.S. Cities

New research by USDA Forest Service scientists and partners found that urban/community forests save approximately $7.8 billion annually in reduced energy costs associated with heating and cooling residential buildings.

News Alert U.S. Drought Monitor tracks drought across the nation

View current drought conditions and forecasts from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

News Alert Forest Landowners Guide to the Federal Income Tax

Tax tips for forest landowners for the 2016 tax year are now available online. More detailed information is available through a U.S. Department of Agriculture publication, the Forest Landowners Guide to the Federal Income Tax.

News Alert How much Smoke will a Prescribed Fire Produce?

Prescribed fire is an important and widely used management tool, but the smoke produced can cause air quality issues and health problems. Before conducting prescribed fires, managers typically model the amount of smoke a fire will produce, which is directly related to the amount of fuel available.

News Alert Selecting Trees to Grow in Cities: Database Captures Urban Tree Sizes, Growth Rates Across US

In the cramped environs of U.S. cities every inch counts, especially if attempting to make space for nature. But now city planners and urban foresters have a resource to more precisely select tree species whose growth will be a landscaping dream instead of a maintenance nightmare.

News Alert Bringing Back Diversity in Eastern Forests for Landowners, Wildlife

What do biologists look for in a healthy forest? A diversity in the ages and composition of trees and occasional breaks in canopy to allow sunlight to reach understory plants.

News Alert After the Fire, What Happens to Water Yield?

The immediate impacts of large and severe wildfires on water runoff have long been known to researchers, land managers, and, increasingly, the communities in their path. Though forests and rangelands provide more than half of U.S. water supplies, the long-term impacts of fires, including wildfire and prescribed fire, on annual water yield have been less understood.

News Alert Children Learn about Weather and Climate

A partnership between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station has led to the development of a second educational module for Cherokee youth. The first module focused on culturally significant plants, and was completed in 2015.

News Alert USDA Commits $32 Million to Protect Natural Resources through Joint Chiefs’ Partnership

USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service will invest new funds in fiscal year 2017 to add ten new projects and support 26 partnership projects already underway.

News Alert Mount Ascutney Visitors Enjoy the View and Learn Something, Too

Over the past decade, countless visitors on southeastern Vermont’s Mount Ascutney have read the words on two interpretive panels describing ongoing research that began as a graduate student’s research project there. Through the years, the panels have faded and weathered, but now they are new again after U.S. Forest Service researchers installed updated replacements in the summer of 2016.

News Alert Urban Forests & West Nile Virus

Fewer disease-carrying mosquitoes are found in forests.

News Alert InciWeb provides the latest wildfire information

View wildfire updates on InciWeb, the interagency all-risk incident information management system.

News Alert Shortleaf Pine: What’s in the Genes?

Despite shortleaf pine’s importance, relatively little is known about its genetics. “The lack of knowledge is especially apparent in this era of molecular genetics and genomics,” says U.S. Forest Service research geneticist Dana Nelson.

News Alert Creating Oak Woodlands

The historical extent of oak woodlands in southeastern forests is relatively unknown, and only recently have managers attempted to create or restore oak woodlands in the eastern U.S.

News Alert Sunlight vs. Hemlock Woolly Adelgids

Scientists have identified a potential new strategy for protecting hemlocks from the miniscule insect that plagues them.

News Alert Estate Planning for Forest Landowners

Family forest owners may use consulting foresters or state extension foresters for advice on the technical details of land management, but many owners shy away from seeking help with how best to pass their forest land on to the next generation.

News Alert Research Can Help the Economy and Inform Policy

When most people think of forests, science isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but, perhaps, it should. That’s because the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development program oversees projects across many science disciplines including forestry, genetics, wildlife, forest products and wildfire.

Recent Publications view all recent publications
Page Environmental controls on seasonal ecosystem evapotranspiration/potential evapotranspiration ratio as determined by the global eddy flux measurements pdf
Page Interactions between white-tailed deer density and the composition of forest understories in the United States pdf
Page Pinus ponderosa: A checkered past obscured four species pdf
Page To what extent local forest soil pollen can assist restoration in subtropical China? pdf
Page Robust surveillance and control of invasive species using a scenario optimization approach pdf
Page Impact of air pollution induced climate change on water availability and ecosystem productivity in the conterminous United States pdf
Page A dynamic leaf gas-exchange strategy is conserved in woody plants under changing ambient CO2: evidence from carbon isotope discrimination in paleo and CO2 enrichment studies pdf
Page Potential and limitations of inferring ecosystem photosynthetic capacity from leaf functional traits pdf
Page A remotely sensed pigment index reveals photosynthetic phenology in evergreen conifers pdf
Page The increasing importance of atmospheric demand for ecosystem water and carbon fluxes pdf
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