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News Alert Warming Climate Has Consequences for Michigan's Forests

New report describes climate change risks for northern Michigan forests.

News Alert State of the Climate

View monthly State of the Climate reports from the National Climatic Data Center.

News Alert Synthesis of wildland fire emissions, carbon, and climate research

Scientific research that describes the current state of knowledge, critical knowledge gaps, and importance of fire emissions for global climate and terrestrial carbon cycling is the focus of nine science syntheses published in a special issue in the Forest Ecology and Management.

News Alert Remembering Bill Boyer, Mr. Longleaf

Throughout his career, Bill advocated natural regeneration and the use of fire in management strategies for longleaf pine.

News Alert Asian beetles threaten livelihood of Maine’s American Indians

Basket makers say the emerald ash borer, the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America, is on a collision course with Maine’s oldest cultural art form.

News Alert Five Anthropogenic Factors That Will Radically Alter Northern Forests in 50 Years

U.S. Forest Service study suggests climate is not the only factor ushering in change.

News Alert U.S. Drought Monitor tracks drought across the nation

View current drought conditions and forecasts from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

News Alert Ailanthus: A Nonnative Urban Tree Is Causing Trouble in Our Forests

Ailanthus, the so-called tree-of-heaven, is probably the most famous invasive tree in the United States.

News Alert U.S. Forest Service: responding and adapting to wildland fire

The loss of property and firefighters during wildfires are a reminder of the challenges we face in reducing the risks associated with large, unpredictable wildfires. Climate change, drought, insect infestations, changing land-use patterns, and other factors have contributed to increases in the complexity and in the numbers of wildfires across the United States.

News Alert U.S. Forest Service Makes Learning about Invasive Species Easy for Kids

Our forests are under attack. And the U.S. Forest Service is hoping that the Nation’s fourth and fifth graders can help fight back.

News Alert Why Research is Vital for Eradicating the Asian Longhorned Beetle

In addition to the existing science-based eradication protocols for fighting an Asian longhorned beetle infestation, such as surveying trees and removing infested ones, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service relies on on-going research to not only improve current protocols, but also to develop new ones.

News Alert Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC

Emissions of greenhouse gases grew at a faster rate over the decade from 2000 to 2010 than they did over the previous three decades, reaching the highest levels in human history, despite efforts to limit them, according to the last installment of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

News Alert Interactive Online Tool Teaches Users About Climate Change

To help the U.S. Forest Service respond to a changing climate, the Climate Change Resource Center, an online portal to credible, relevant and timely information focused on forest management responses to climate change, recently released a new education resource on basic climate change science and climate modeling.

News Alert Grow Your Own Ramps

With demand for the wild ramps increasing, harvesting may be affecting native populations.

News Alert The Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory: Recovery after extreme soil erosion and land degradation

From surface to core, the Earth’s radius is almost 4,000 miles, but only the uppermost sliver of that rocky expanse, called the critical zone, sustains life. This zone extends from the base of weathered rock to the treetops, and includes water, soils, vegetation, and animals.

News Alert $678,000 in Funding to Restore Forests on Degraded Mined Land Areas

Outcomes will include a mixture of new forest establishment, stream restoration, and improved forest management to improve habitat for bird species and water quality on early successional and mature forest landscapes.

News Alert Obama Administration Outlines New Strategy to Better Protect Communities, Businesses and Public and Private Lands from the Threat of Wildland Fire Ahead of 2014 Fire Season

As the 2014 wildfire season approaches, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots released the Administration’s National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.

News Alert U.S. Forest Service and White House Council on Environmental Quality Announce New 21CSC Member Organizations

The 21CSC, one of the top priorities of the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, is a collaborative effort to put America's youth and veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America's public lands.

News Alert Climate Change and United States Forests

New book focuses on forest ecosystems and ecosystem services.

News Alert Forest Service, partners to host Twitter chat about wildfire preparedness, safety as part of America’s PrepareAthon!

America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring.

News Alert InciWeb provides the latest wildfire information

View wildfire updates on InciWeb, the interagency all-risk incident information management system.

News Alert Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) Partnership Discussions

SERCH is moving forward with an open discussion of the SERCH mission, objectives, deliverables, collaborations, timelines, and opportunities through a series of hour-long conference calls.

News Alert USDA Deputy Under Secretary promotes environmental justice goals

Today, environmental justice at USDA refers to meeting the needs of underserved communities by reducing disparate environmental burdens, removing barriers to participation in decision making, and increasing access to environmental benefits that help make all communities safe, vibrant and healthy places to live and work.

Recent Publications view all recent publications
Page Does biodiversity make a difference? Relationships between species richness, evolutionary diversity, and aboveground live tree biomass across U.S. forests pdf
Page Positive plant diversity-soil stability relationships are mediated through roots in the Songnen Grassland: Chronosequence evidence pdf
Page Database for landscape-scale carbon monitoring pdf
Page Interactive effects of air pollution and climate change on forest ecosystems in the United States pdf
Page Potential impacts of climate change on soil erosion vulnerability across the conterminous United States pdf
Page Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options: TACCIMO User Guide Version 2.2 pdf
Page The use of broken-power laws to describe the distributions of daily flow above the mean annual flow across the conterminous U.S. pdf
Page The effect of water table fluctuation on soil respiration in a lower coastal plain forested wetland in the southeastern U.S. pdf
Page Evaluating theories of drought-induced vegetation mortality using a multimodel-experiment framework pdf
Page Estimation of evapotranspiration over the terrestrial ecosystems in China pdf
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