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News Alert 1 Billion Acres at Risk for Catastrophic Wildfires, U.S. Forest Service Warns — Jan 03, 2020 04:25 PM
The chief of the U.S. Forest Service is warning that a billion acres of land across America are at risk of catastrophic wildfires like the Camp Fire that destroyed most of Paradise, Calif.
News Alert Changing Forests Could be a Double-edged Sword for the Environment — Jan 03, 2020 04:21 PM
Climate change, nitrogen deposition and fire suppression are leading to shifts in the types of trees that dominate American forests. These changes will have environmental consequences, potentially both positive and negative.
News Alert Tree Diversity Affects Invasive Forest Pests — Jan 03, 2020 04:18 PM
A broad-scale study of U.S. forest data suggests a complex relationship between the number of native tree species and the number of nonnative invasive forest pests.
News Alert Most destructive California fires occur in area of wildland-urban interface with less fuel and more people — Jan 02, 2020 08:17 PM
Over nearly three decades, half of all buildings destroyed by wildfire in California were located in an area that is described as having less of the grasses, bushes and trees that are thought to fuel fire in the wildland-urban interface, or WUI.
News Alert Non-native invasive insects, diseases decreasing carbon stored in U.S. forests — Jan 02, 2020 08:11 PM
Study is the first attempt to comprehensively quantify the cumulative losses of trees following invasion by all species of non-native insects and diseases at a national scale.
News Alert Growing Resilient: Natural Resource Stewardship Aids in Preparing for, Recovering from Disaster — Jan 02, 2020 08:08 PM
New report includes case studies on community-based natural resource stewardship.
News Alert Nitrogen Pollution's Path to Streams Weaves through More Forests (and at a Faster Pace) than Suspected — Jan 02, 2020 08:05 PM
New research shows that more nitrogen from rain and snow is making it to more streams than previously believed and flowing downstream in forests of the United States and Canada.
News Alert Managing Drought in Forest Ecosystems — Jan 02, 2020 02:33 PM
More wildfire. More insects and diseases. Less predictable timber and water supplies. Changing wildlife habitat. Severe drought can cause all of these impacts, and more.
News Alert Coastal Forests Face Rising Sea Levels, Increased Salinity — Jan 02, 2020 02:31 PM
Ghost forests aren’t some spooky legend. They’re patches of dead and dying trees that haunt the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia where sea levels are rising and land is sinking.
News Alert Firesetting Arrests Reduce Intentional Fires — Jan 02, 2020 02:30 PM
New research by the USDA Forest Service explores how law enforcement efforts might impact future incidents of arson-caused wildfire.
News Alert African American Forest Landowners: Overcoming Obstacles — Jan 02, 2020 02:27 PM
A USDA Forest Service study takes an in-depth look at strategies for success of African American landowners in forestry.
News Alert How the Baltimore Urban Wood Project is Reclaiming Wood, Lives, and Communities — Jan 02, 2020 02:07 PM
Post-industrial cities face a suite of interconnected problems. Reusing urban wood can be viewed as a systems solution to a complex problem – a means by which to begin to renew and revitalize lives and communities as well.
News Alert Rare Trout Reintroduced to Native Habitat in High Sierras — Jan 02, 2020 02:02 PM
California’s Paiute cutthroat trout – the rarest trout in North America – is finally back in its native high Sierra habitat thanks to a collaborative, multiagency effort to reintroduce the fish in Silver King Creek on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
News Alert Bringing a bird back from the brink of extinction — Jan 02, 2020 01:58 PM
Kirtland’s warblers nest only in large areas of dense young jack pine historically produced by wildfire. Decades of wildfire suppression have caused this breeding habitat to decline.
News Alert Tribal plant nurseries are about more than growing plants — Jan 02, 2020 01:57 PM
Numerous tribes throughout the US are growing native plants for reforestation and restoration. For many of them, however, there are deeper connections with the plants they’re propagating.
News Alert Landscape patterns matter — Jan 01, 2020 05:00 PM
A special issue of the journal Landscape Ecology brings focus to the science of landscape pattern analysis.
News Alert Assessing US forests: a yearly health check-up — Dec 17, 2019 09:42 AM
The Forest Health Monitoring report identifies ecological resources whose condition is deteriorating, sometimes in subtle ways across large regions.
News Alert Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke and it’s Bad for your Health — Aug 24, 2018 04:45 AM
Wildland fire smoke includes particles from not only burning trees and grasses but also chemicals from buildings mixed with gases.
News Alert Carbon Storage in Longleaf Pine Roots — Aug 21, 2018 06:09 AM
Across the South, longleaf pine forests are being restored as resilient ecosystems that are able to provide wildlife habitat, clean water, sustainable wood products, and, as it turns out, long-term belowground carbon storage.
News Alert Speaking for Turtles - Working to Increase Turtle Populations — Aug 20, 2018 06:38 AM
The wood turtle, which resides in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest , is classified as a Species of Concern and is under consideration by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list under the Endangered Species Act.
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