Northern Research Station

US Forest Service Northern Research Station

December - Chilling Out

As you zip up your boots and wrap a scarf around your neck, you might be tempted to grumble about the cold. For forests, however, a few months in the freezer is not a bad thing. This month, our web features introduce an ecologist who has become inured to most any challenge Nature presents; research demonstrating how cold weather benefits forest ecosystems; and a partnership that is helping disease-tolerant American elm warm up to colder regions.

Rooted in Research

Reshaping Great Lakes pine forests: Adapting to drought and climate change

The red pine forests of the western Great Lakes region aren't what they used to be.

The climate is warming, and forests are suffering from more frequent short-term droughts, potentially endangering the livelihoods of local communities dependent on a robust forest products industry, as well as local cultural values and many regional wildlife and plant species that depend on healthy, resilient forests.


Our new podcast brings you stories, interviews, and special in-depth anthologies of the science that's examining and explaining how forests affect our lives, and how we affect our forests.

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Last modified: Tuesday, December 1, 2020