List CAPTUREs Most Vulnerable U.S. Tree Species

Researchers with Project CAPTURE analyzed the traits of 339 U.S. tree species and predictions of climate-related pressure on each species.

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Water locust, native to the Southeast and found in wet soils, is among the U.S. tree species most vulnerable to climate change. Photo by Troy Evans, Great Smoky Mountains National Park,

 List CAPTUREs Most Vulnerable U.S. Tree Species
News Alert Too Hot for Coffee!

Warming temperatures in Puerto Rico present a challenge to coffee growers.

News Alert Healthy Culverts Make for Healthy Drinking Water

Between 2008 and 2015 U.S. Forest Service partnered with more than 200 organizations in the Legacy Roads and Trails Program, which replaced more than 1,000 culverts across the U.S. The aim of the program was to upgrade culverts to emulate natural streams, and to allow fish and wildlife to pass more naturally both upstream and downstream.

News Alert Reforestation Tool to Help Determine Where to Plant Tree Seedlings

With the Seedlot Selection Tool, forest land owners and natural resource managers can explore options for responding to climate change by determining where seeds or seedlings should be sourced so that they are suited to grow well in the projected future climate.

News Alert Grow Your Own Ramps!

With demand for wild ramps increasing, harvesting may be affecting native populations. Forest farming of ramps offers an alternative to wild harvesting.

News Alert InciWeb provides the latest wildfire information

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

News Alert State of the Climate

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

News Alert U.S. Forest Service R&D May Newsletter

Read the latest news from the Washington Office and Research Stations.

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 Exotic Plants May Dominate After a Fire, But Not for Long

Land managers expect that exotic invasive plants will quickly move in following a disturbance, especially after a fire. Though exotics initially might have an edge over native plants on burned ground, this may not always be so as time goes on, according to a U.S. Forest Service study.

News Alert Fire Frequency & Hardwood Regeneration

A long-running U.S. Forest Service experiment studied the use of prescribed fire to control competition from shade-tolerant tree species like red maple, American beech, and blackgum.

News Alert Stream Crossings and Water Quality

In many situations, the adage “dirt doesn’t hurt” is true. One important exception is when soils erode, and rain washes the sediments into streams.

News Alert Where Are the Southern Pine Beetles?

Between 2005 and 2015, only 18 counties in the southern U.S. experienced southern pine beetle outbreaks–fewer than two outbreak counties per year on average.

News Alert Hoary Bats Hibernate

Hoary bats are wanderers – they sometimes migrate hundreds of miles and can be found in almost every state in the U.S. While it’s not unusual for some species of bat to migrate or other species to hibernate, it is unusual to find a species of bat that does both.

News Alert Forests, Farms, or Houses?

Researchers explore the impact of land use on greenhouse gases and nutrient cycles.

News Alert Hybrids in the Seed Orchards

To some extent, shortleaf and loblolly pine have always hybridized. However, hybrids have become so common that they threaten shortleaf pine’s genetic integrity.

News Alert Assessment Concludes Urban Forests in Chicago Region Face a Warmer, Wetter Future

In a first-ever assessment of urban forest vulnerability to climate change in the Chicago region, a team led by the USDA Forest Service concluded that native tree species in a 7-million-acre area may decline while invasive species may thrive with shifts in habitat suitability.

News Alert Bats Adapt to Disturbed Habitat

Land use history affects where Rafinesque’s big-eared bats roost.

News Alert Protecting White-Tailed Deer Fawns

Forest management can reduce coyote predation.

News Alert Bumblebees and Blueberries

Managed bumblebees pollinate blueberry crops efficiently.

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 The Most Vulnerable Trees

Researchers analyzed traits of 339 U.S. tree species and predictions of climate-related pressure, including exposure, sensitivity, and capacity to adapt to a changing environment.

News Alert Sassafras and Laurel Wilt Disease

Laurel wilt disease affects all members of the laurel family, including sassafras. A new study finds that the disease has not reached the heart of the sassafras range, but it is spreading throughout the Southeast.

News Alert Home is a Pine Tree

Indiana Bats prefer to roost in yellow pine snags.

Recent Publications view all recent publications
Page Assessment of wildland fire impacts on watershed annual water yield: Analytical framework and case studies in the United States pdf
Page Forest cover change, climate variability, and hydrological responses pdf
Page Divergence of species responses to climate change pdf
Page Interpreting multiscale domains of tree cover disturbance patterns in North America pdf
Page Characterization and classification of vegetation canopy structure and distribution within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park using LiDAR pdf
Page Prioritizing conservation seed banking locations for imperiled hemlock species using multi-attribute frontier mapping pdf
Page A United States national prioritization framework for tree species vulnerability to climate change pdf
Page Banking on the future: progress, challenges, and opportunities for the genetic conservation of forest trees pdf
Page Reanalysis of global terrestrial vegetation trends from MODIS products: Browning or greening? pdf
Page Daily Landsat-scale evapotranspiration estimation over a forested landscape in North Carolina, USA using multi-satellite data fusion pdf
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