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March Feature - Water

In the Northeast and Midwest, water begins trickling back into our consciousness in March as snow melts and ice begins to loosen its hold on ponds and lakes. This month, our feature stories are all about water, from a scientist interested in hydro-ecology to research on the effects of a saltwater inundation on urban trees to a partnership aimed at improving aquatic habitat.

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Saving Eastern Oak Forests: Prescribed Fire Impact on Timber Quality

Oak-dominated ecosystems in the eastern United States rely on periodic fire to create conditions that are conducive to oak regeneration. However, concern about reducing timber quality has made some managers wary of using fire as a management tool. A team of Northern Research Station scientists, foresters, and ecologists are collaborating to assess timber quality by inventorying trees across multiple national forests that have varied prescribed fire histories.


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