Latest Ecological succession Stories

2010-04-13 09:15:00

The area burned by fire each year is expected to double "“ or even triple "“ if temperatures increase by about 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit (2 C) in our region, according to University of Washington and USDA Forest Service research. Such temperature increases could occur in as little as 40 years, according to projections from the UW's Climate Impacts Group. "I'm not a doom-and-gloom kind of guy but this is a great concern," said Dave Peterson, a UW professor of forest resources and a...

2010-04-06 13:25:19

A new study reconstructing thousands of years of fire history in the southern Appalachians supports the use of prescribed fire, or controlled burns, as a tool to reduce the risk of wildfires, restore and maintain forest health and protect rare ecological communities in the region's forests. Duke University researchers used radiocarbon analysis of 82 soil charcoal samples dating from 1977 to more than 4,000 years ago to reconstruct the fire history of a 25-acre site in the Nantahala National...

2010-03-18 09:15:50

Such burns release less carbon dioxide than wildfires, scientists find The use of prescribed burns to manage western forests may help the United States reduce its carbon footprint. Results of a new study find that such burns, often used by forest managers to reduce underbrush and protect bigger trees, release substantially less carbon dioxide emissions than wildfires of the same size. "It appears that prescribed burns can be an important piece of a climate change strategy," says Christine...

2010-03-11 12:55:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With warming temperatures and spring winds increasing fire dangers across Pennsylvania, Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed March 14-20 as Wildfire Prevention Week and urged residents to be extra vigilant. Nearly 85 percent of Pennsylvania's wildfires occur in March, April and May before the greening of state woodlands and brush lands. "Although March weather can be very wet, it can also be very windy - and those winds can...

2010-02-24 14:49:54

With a changing climate there's a good chance that forest fires in the Pacific Northwest will become larger and more frequent "“ and according to one expert speaking today at a professional conference, that's just fine. The future of fire in this region is difficult to predict, will always be variable, and undoubtedly a part of the future landscape. People should understand, however, that fire is not only inevitable but also a valuable part of forest ecosystems and their management,...

2010-02-18 09:06:00

Project will address safety for nearby communities; preserve Barrens unique habitat STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that they plan to conduct controlled burns on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Land 176 in Patton Township, Centre County, to improve habitat conditions within this unique ecosystem. Originally outlined in public meetings and meetings with news media in the area in March of 2009, Game Commission...

2010-02-16 14:15:58

A team of Catalan researchers has studied the changes in the make-up of animal populations following forest fires, and have concluded that malacological fauna are a good indicator of forest recovery. The conclusions of this study will help to ensure that post-fire forestry operations that do not harm these species of molluscs, which are sensitive to microclimatic conditions of the soil and vegetation structure. The researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Natural Areas...

2009-12-12 12:15:52

A national early warning system designed to assist land managers in rapidly detecting threats to forest health is featured in the cover article of the October 2009 issue of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS), the journal of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The article, entitled "Toward a National Early Warning System for Forest Disturbances Using Remotely Sensed Canopy Phenology," describes the vision and progress of the system in...

2009-11-25 17:01:00

LONDON, November 25 /PRNewswire/ -- - Potentially Life-Saving Invention Inspired by Children's Real Life Experience of Devastating Forest Fires Sony Europe today announces that its partnership with a young team called Forest Guard has reached a vital stage as the youngsters have the enormous satisfaction of seeing their forest wildfire detection system idea deployed in their local forest for testing. The team of six, whose idea won the Climate Actions part of the global...

2009-11-22 07:52:19

Authorities are asking residents in some parts of south Australia to evacuate their homes as an impending heat wave prompted the nation to issue its first "catastrophic" brush fire warning. Unseasonably hot and dry weather combined with strong winds to fan scores of blazes in the country's southeastern states, many of which were sparked by overnight lightning strikes. Nathan Rees, New South Wales state premier, says, "It has never been this hot, dry or windy in combination in November ever...

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