Category Archives: Forest Management

Deadly Imports: In One US Forest, 25% of Tree Loss Is Caused By Foreign Pests and Disease

From a deadly fungus that showed its face in 1904 on an American chestnut in the Bronx to a nematode recently found to kill American beeches in Ohio, forests in the United States have faced more than 100 years’ worth of attacks from introduced pests and pathogens. But how much of a chunk are these invaders actually taking out of the woods? A

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April Storms Caused $4M+ In Timber Damage

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Forestry Commission estimates the damage to the state’s timber resources from strong winds and at least 25 confirmed tornadoes April 13 tops $4 million. Seven teams of foresters conducted tornado storm damage surveys covering nearly 64,000 acres, surveying plots along tornado paths to assess the damage to the forest resource. The crews found that over

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Tool Predicts How Forest Thinning May Increase Snowpack

The Sierra Nevada forest is an important resource for the surrounding communities in Nevada and California. Thinning the forest by removing trees by hand or using heavy machinery is one of the few tools available to manage forests. However, finding the best way to thin forests by removing select trees to maximize the forest’s benefits for water quantity, water quality,

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If you see this plant growing in your yard, call the Forestry Commission immediately

JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) – One of the top ten invasive plants in the world is here in Mississippi. It’s beginning to overrun land animal habitats around the gulf coast and Pine Belt. To give you details and tips on how to fight off the weed we spoke to the Mississippi Forestry Commission. It’s called cogongrass and it’s been in the

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Forests Face A Climate Tug-Of-War

Increased carbon dioxide allows plants to photosynthesize more and use less water. But warmer temperatures drive plants to use more water and photosynthesize less. So, which force, CO2 fertilization or heat stress, wins this climate tug of war? It depends on whether forests and trees are able to adapt to their new environment. Click HERE to link to the article.

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