Northern Research Station
May Feature - Urban Forests
Wilderness may be more glamorous, but for the 80 percent of the United States population that lives in cities, urban forests are where we find our daily dose of nature. Northern Research Station scientists Dave Nowak and Eric Greenfield estimated that annual benefits derived from U.S. urban forests in terms of air pollution removal, carbon sequestration, and lowered building energy total $18.3 billion.
Managing a resource that contributes these and so many more benefits, including improving our health and our mood, takes science. In May, our web features introduce you to a scientist applying traditional research techniques to urban forests, research that established guidelines for urban tree monitoring, and a partnership that is working to bring elms back to the boulevards of America.
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.
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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
- Research Gives Trees an Edge in Landfill Clean-upApril 28, 2021
- Climate Change Atlas Offers a Glimpse into Forest FuturesApril 21, 2021
- 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
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- Urban Heat Islands - Fewer and fewer trees are growing in cities - German National Public RadioMay 4, 2021
- As northern Michigan warms, scientists bring tree seedlings from the south - Bridge MichiganMay 3, 2021
- As state nurseries shut down, forest owners seeking seedlings are left to ask: ’What do we do now’? - PennLive Patriot NewsApril 12, 2021
- 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