The only annual report summarizing the nation's forest conditions can now be accessed online by topic, chapter, or year from 2001 to the current report.
Trees can tell us a lot about the histories of their ecosystems. Knowing these histories can help us develop plans to sustainably manage healthy forests into the future.
Widespread forest restoration and monitoring efforts are underway in Puerto Rico. But that work isn’t focused on just the trees in those forests — water supply is an important ecosystem service.
Warmer temperatures could increase water loss by evapotranspiration. Without a comparable increase in precipitation, runoff – and thus water available for humans and ecosystems – could be reduced.