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News Alert The Most Vulnerable Trees — May 23, 2017 08:57 AM
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 Protecting White-Tailed Deer Fawns — May 18, 2017 08:13 AM
Forest management can reduce coyote predation.
News Alert Exotic Plants May Dominate After a Fire, But Not for Long — May 17, 2017 08:29 AM
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 — May 11, 2017 09:01 AM
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 U.S. Forest Service R&D May Newsletter — May 11, 2017 09:00 AM
Read the latest news from the Washington Office and Research Stations.
News Alert Assessment Concludes Urban Forests in Chicago Region Face a Warmer, Wetter Future — May 09, 2017 02:16 PM
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 Bumblebees and Blueberries — May 09, 2017 02:14 PM
Managed bumblebees pollinate blueberry crops efficiently.
News Alert Too Hot for Coffee! — May 05, 2017 08:05 AM
Warming temperatures in Puerto Rico present a challenge to coffee growers.
News Alert Hoary Bats Hibernate — May 02, 2017 09:29 AM
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 Reforestation Tool to Help Determine Where to Plant Tree Seedlings — May 01, 2017 08:37 AM
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 Stream Crossings and Water Quality — Apr 27, 2017 08:27 AM
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 Forests, Farms, or Houses? — Apr 27, 2017 08:17 AM
Researchers explore the impact of land use on greenhouse gases and nutrient cycles.
News Alert Home is a Pine Tree — Apr 20, 2017 08:33 AM
Indiana Bats prefer to roost in yellow pine snags.
News Alert Bats Adapt to Disturbed Habitat — Apr 18, 2017 12:08 PM
Land use history affects where Rafinesque’s big-eared bats roost.
News Alert Healthy Culverts Make for Healthy Drinking Water — Apr 17, 2017 03:09 PM
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 Where Are the Southern Pine Beetles? — Apr 17, 2017 10:30 AM
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 Hybrids in the Seed Orchards — Apr 17, 2017 10:28 AM
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 Grow Your Own Ramps! — Apr 17, 2017 10:24 AM
With demand for wild ramps increasing, harvesting may be affecting native populations. Forest farming of ramps offers an alternative to wild harvesting.
News Alert Sassafras and Laurel Wilt Disease — Apr 06, 2017 11:14 AM
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 State of the Climate — Jul 02, 2012 02:37 PM
View monthly State of the Climate reports from the National Climatic Data Center.
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