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Often derided as pests, deer and elk can help young Douglas-fir trees under some conditions


Long considered pests by forest managers, deer and elk can help Douglas-fir seedlings thrive under certain vegetation management…
Forests face climate change tug for war

November 26, 2019

In a world of rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, plants should be happy, right? Experiments have shown…
Researchers find nature’s backup plan for converting nitrogen into plant nutrients

November 18, 2019

Atmospheric nitrogen is not directly usable by most living things. In nature, specialized microbes in soils and bodies…
Study uses old friends to predict new enemies

November 15, 2019

About 450 nonnatives, plant-eating insect species live in North American forests. While most are harmless, a handful wreaks…
Old friends and new enemies: How evolutionary history can predict insect invader impacts

October 21, 2019

About 450 nonnatives, plant-eating insect species live in North American forests. Most of these critters are harmless, but…
Structural complexity in forests improves carbon capture

October 10, 2019

Forests in the eastern United States that are structurally complex — the arrangement of vegetation is varied throughout…
Researchers Find Northern Forests Have Lost Crucial Cold, Snowy Conditions

October 4, 2019

As the popular saying goes, “winter is coming,” but is it? Researchers at the University of New Hampshire…
Scientists connected fragments of pine savanna and new species keep showing up

September 27, 2019

Before Europeans arrived in America, longleaf pine savannas sprawled across 90 million acres from present-day Florida to Texas…
Leaving more deadwood in forests enhances biodiversity: study

September 25, 2019

Increasing the amounts of deadwood in protected forests would help conserve biodiversity, according to a new University of…
Tree cover is not enough for sustainable development, a global map of forests naturalness is also needed

September 6, 2019

Global forest status assessments are biased toward tree cover and do not properly consider ecological properties of forest…
Aggressive local efforts were key to limiting spread of sudden oak death disease in Oregon

August 28, 2019

In 2001, forest pathologists in Oregon discovered what was killing trees in Curry County in southwest Oregon –…
Researcher using AI to get a step ahead of wildfires

August 26, 2019

Weather and fuel—two leading wildfire culprits—are now in the crosshairs of a University of Alberta researcher hoping to…
Rainforests can only absorb CO2 as long as nutrient stores last

August 16, 2019

How much carbon dioxide can tropical rainforests absorb? Investigations by an international team of researchers – including the…
The power of trees

August 9, 2019

As they walk through the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, many people are struck by the plethora…
Study reveals unexpected fire role in longleaf pine forests

August 1, 2019

The longleaf pine forests of the southeastern U.S. depend on frequent fire to maintain their structure and the diversity…
Forestry practice inspired by wildfire could help save grizzly bears, study shows

July 31, 2019

A shift in how Alberta forests are managed could benefit grizzly bears, according to new research from the…
Trees for Water Quality Credits

June 28, 2019

The more naturally verdant an area is, the more likely it will contribute to the general health of…
Nature paper explains impact of forest management on water resources

June 25, 2019

Billions of people worldwide rely on streams flowing from forest lands for their water supply. But the link…
A forest ‘glow’ reveals awakening from hibernation

May 29, 2019

Winters in the northern hemisphere are brutal. The harsh conditions drive some species to hibernate; bears reduce their…
Researchers map symbiotic relationships between trees and microbes worldwide

May 17, 2019

In and around the tangled roots of the forest floor, fungi and bacteria grow with trees, exchanging nutrients…
Deer, invasive earthworms gang up to damage forested areas

May 7, 2019

An overpopulation of whitetailed deer is contributing to the spread of invasive earthworms—a newly discovered link to understanding…
Local plant-microbe alliances shape global biomes

April 19, 2019

Dense rainforests, maple-blanketed mountains and sweeping coniferous forests demonstrate the growth and proliferation of trees adapted to specific…
Researchers use genomic data to map ‘refugia’ where North American trees survived the last ice age

April 16, 2019

During the last ice age, which peaked around 21,500 years ago, glaciers covered large portions of North America,…
World’s forests increasingly taking up more carbon

February 27, 2019

The world’s forests are increasingly taking up more carbon, partially offsetting the carbon being released by the burning…
Research Finds Grass Turf a Promising Foe in Invasive Fight

February 26, 2019

Planting grass turf in tilled agricultural soil greatly reduced the ability of new growth of the invasive shrub…
Nitrogen-fixing trees “eat” rocks, play pivotal role in forest health

February 26, 2019

By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems, according to…
Beech trees are dying, and nobody’s sure why

January 11, 2019

A confounding new disease is killing beech trees in Ohio and elsewhere, and plant scientists are sounding an…
Climate change anomaly intensifies Swiss needle cast in some Douglas-fir forests

December 20, 2018

The epidemic of Swiss needle cast on the wet and foggy west slope of the Oregon Coast Range…
Measuring the world’s forests from space

December 17, 2018

NASA has now initiated a new space mission to measure Earth’s forests and other biomass with razor-sharp precision…
Stanford scholar finds resiliency in Alaskan forests ravaged by climate change

December 3, 2018

Ice caps are melting, the ocean is acidifying and extreme weather is plaguing those who live in vulnerable…
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