Northern Research Station
April Feature - Earth, Wind, and Fire
Last month was all about water, and in April we focus on the other three elements: Earth, wind and fire. Meet a scientist who is fascinated by the traces of past forests that remain on the landscape; learn about a study that delivered an unexpected lesson on fire ecology, and see why a partnership is recommending that some trees uprooted by wind should be left on the forest floor.
Rooted in Research
When a tree falls in the woods, should it be removed? In managed forests, common practices call for cleaning up and removing timber following a blowdown. But when Northern Research Station research forester Christel Kern sees the root mass of a fallen tree, she's more likely to see it as an opportunity. Her work is described in a 2019 Forest Ecology and Management article entitled Mounds Facilitate Regeneration of Light-Seeded and Browse-Sensitive Tree Species After Moderate-Severity Wind Disturbance.
2020 Research Highlights
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- Voices of Maple Nation - USDA Forest Service Tribal Relations BlogMarch 25, 2020
- Why the Trees Outside Forests Count - USDA BlogMarch 11, 2020
- After a Blight, the Trees that Survived Need Your Help - USDA BlogFebruary 25, 2020
- Seeing the Urban Forest for the Trees - Taylor Quality GuitarsJanuary 13, 2020
- A Walk in the Woods - 17 Years Later - Short Stories About Long Term ResearchNovember 19, 2019
- Trees can do the Dirty Work of Waste Cleanup - USDA BlogAugust 30, 2019
- Podcast: London Plane Trees: More than Just the Hostas of Street Trees? - Urban Wildlife PodcastJune 25, 2019
- New Forest Service Assessment Delivers Research on Invasive SpeciesApril 8, 2021
- Decline in black cherry regeneration may herald wider forest changeMarch 24, 2021
- First Midwest Urban Long-term Ecological Research Site Established in Twin-CitiesMarch 16, 2021
- Invasion by Non-native Insects Expected to Increase 36 percent Worldwide by 2050October 1, 2020
- In the Arctic, Extreme Air Pollution Kills Trees, Limits Growth by Reducing SunlightSeptember 29, 2020
- Tree Planting has Potential to Increase Carbon Sequestration Capacity on the Nation's ForestsSeptember 21, 2020
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- Church creates local oasis from dying urban forest - Washington PostMarch 21, 2021
- ‘A bit of a haven’: Southwest Baltimore church reclaims a dying urban forest and creates a community oasis - Baltimore SunMarch 15, 2021
- Baltimore church converts neglected urban forest into ‘peace park’ - Chesapeake Bay JournalMarch 3, 2021
- Invasive Insects and Diseases Are Killing Our Forests - New York TimesFebruary 6, 2021
- Movement turns abandoned housing into beautiful furniture, fighting climate change and growing jobs in the process - CBS This Morning - SaturdayDecember 12, 2020
- A Warming Planet Makes Northeastern Forests More Susceptible to Western-Style Wildfires - Inside Climate NewsNovember 25, 2020
- Wisconsin Northwoods: Wildfire Reflections & Sustainable Management - Sustain DaneNovember 23, 2020