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May Feature - Nature and Mental Health

When naturalist and essayist John Burroughs (1837-1921) said “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order,” he couched it as a personal experience. Burroughs might be gratified to see the wave of research suggesting that the restorative powers of nature have a more universal quality. In May, Mental Health Awareness Month, our features introduce a scientist whose work sheds light on how nature affects mental and physical health, an urban climate adaptation guide that acknowledges the role of forests in healthy minds, and research aimed at developing silvicultural strategies for restoring forested natural areas in urban areas so that they survive to restore future generations of city dwellers.   

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Northern Research Station Scientists Answer Fundamental Questions about Mixedwood Forests

Even though mixedwoods currently make up more than one quarter of forests in the northern United States, a bottleneck in regeneration and recruitment of softwoods has signaled a potential shift to hardwood dominance across the region.


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Chemicals and biological control can buy trees time, but they cannot completely control the non-native insects that are attacking trees that have never experienced these insects before. We need something on top of those controls, and these scientists, they’ve been working towards a solution — a long-term resistance. Listen here >>

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