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News Alert Illegal Marijuana Sites Can’t Hide from Science — Jul 12, 2018 11:24 AM
Although marijuana is now legal in California and other parts of the U.S., illegal marijuana growing is still a billion dollar industry with international tentacles. These grow sites have devastating impacts on both wildlife and water quality.
News Alert Hurricane Maria May Help Scientists Predict How Rainforests Respond to Climate Change — Jul 11, 2018 05:15 AM
The storm that devastated Puerto Rico became an unexpected variable in the world’s first tropical forest warming experiment.
News Alert Family Forests Are the Ties That Bind the Landscape — Jul 11, 2018 05:13 AM
The sustainability of ecosystem services provided by family forests also depends on the characteristics of bordering lands.
News Alert The State of the Nation’s Forests — Jul 03, 2018 05:32 AM
The annual Forest Health Monitoring report summarizes forest health across the United States.
News Alert Forests Supply Water to Puerto Rico — Jun 14, 2018 08:09 AM
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.
News Alert Tree Breeding: Creating Tomorrow’s Healthy Forests Today — Jun 13, 2018 05:25 AM
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.
News Alert Our Drinking Water and Forest Service Research — Jun 08, 2018 05:15 AM
Behind every drop of water from the tap is an entire forest ecosystem. And while it’s easy to take drinking water for granted, you might be surprised to learn that the nation’s largest single source of water is the National Forest System.
News Alert Who is using our national forests? — Jun 07, 2018 06:55 AM
A new study shows that the demographics of our country are not mirrored in public lands use.
News Alert Surprising Resurgence of Red Spruce Likely Result of Cleaner Air and Warmer Winters — Jun 07, 2018 06:53 AM
Red spruce, for decades the forest equivalent of the canary in the coal mine signaling the detrimental effects of acid rain on northeastern forests, is making a comeback.
News Alert Projections of Future Climate and Annual Runoff — Jun 07, 2018 05:09 AM
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.
News Alert Reptiles and Amphibians Unharmed by Prescribed Fires in Early Growing Season — Jun 06, 2018 11:04 AM
Amphibians and reptiles tend to be most active during the spring and summer, when it’s warmer. A recent study compared how they respond to prescribed fires conducted during the growing season – when vegetation is actively growing – versus those in dormant season months.
News Alert Climate Drivers of Carbon Gain and Water Loss in a Southern Appalachian Forest — May 18, 2018 04:26 AM
Soil respiration is part of a giant puzzle – the carbon cycle. Respiration has a flipside: carbon uptake. Trees pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and use it for growth.
News Alert Megafires, Wildland Fires, and Prescribed Burns — May 18, 2018 04:23 AM
A recent study examined how wildland fires, including megafires, and prescribed burns affect river flow. The study is the first nationwide look at fire impacts on surface freshwater resources.
News Alert 2018 Predicted to be Challenging Wildfire Year — May 14, 2018 08:42 AM
In 2018, the Forest Service has more than 10,000 firefighters, 900 engines, and hundreds of aircraft available to manage wildfires in cooperation with federal, tribal, state, local, and volunteer partners.
News Alert A Food Forest Grows in Atlanta — May 07, 2018 07:06 AM
This community forest utilizes agroforestry--agriculture that combines trees and shrubs with agricultural uses to create more healthy and productive land.
News Alert Why the USDA Forest Service Monitors Air Quality during Wildland Fires — May 03, 2018 08:04 AM
Recognizing the growing threat that wildfire smoke poses to the health and safety of the public and fire personnel, the Forest Service partnered with other federal, state and tribal agencies to implement a proactive and determined response.
News Alert New Book on Restoring Longleaf Pine Ecosystems — May 03, 2018 07:56 AM
'Ecological Restoration and Management of Longleaf Pine Forests' integrates ecology, hydrology, wildlife, and silviculture. Its seventeen chapters synthesize decades of research on longleaf pine ecology and restoration in the southeastern coastal plain.
News Alert Agroforestry Strategies for Landowners — May 03, 2018 07:55 AM
Two recent USDA Forest Service publications focus on agroforestry practices.
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.
News Alert U.S. Drought Monitor tracks drought across the nation — Jun 28, 2012 09:25 AM
View current drought conditions and forecasts from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
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