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2012-03-16 09:35:10

The city of Manila holds the human world record for the most densely populated space and now an international team of ecologists are seeking the natural equivalent, the most species rich area on earth. The team's findings, published in the Journal of Vegetation Science, reveal the record is contested between South America's tropical rainforests and Central European meadows. "The coexistence of large numbers of species in one space and the questions it raises have long fascinated...

2012-03-15 12:39:28

Tennessee's urban forests, currently valued at about $80 billion, also provide almost  $650 million in benefits such as carbon storage, pollution removal, and energy reduction according to a new U.S. Forest Service report. The authors of Urban Forests of Tennessee, 2009 found there are 284 million trees in urban areas in the state, with canopies covering 33.7 percent of 1.6 million acres of urban area. Those urban forests provide an estimated $204 million per year in pollution removal...

2012-03-12 21:19:38

Region benefits from carbon emissions collection, water filtration, forestry jobs U.S. Forest Service scientists today released an assessment that shows forest land has expanded in northern states during the past century despite a 130-percent population jump and relentless environmental threats.  At the same time, Forest Service researchers caution that threats to forests in the coming decades could undermine these gains. According to the Forests of the Northern United States...

Ancient Forest In NY More Diverse Than Scientists Thought
2012-03-02 05:38:06

[ Watch the Video ] After unearthing a previously unknown portion of one of the planet´s earliest known forests, archeologists say the fossils of 385-million-year-old trees reveal a far more diverse ecosystem than researchers had previously thought existed. Partially uncovered by quarry workers in 1870, the ancient forest beneath the tiny town of Gilboa, N.Y. has been of intense interest to paleobotanists since the 1920s. Dating back to the Devonian Period, researchers early on...

2012-03-01 10:45:17

A recent decline in ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla), a ground-nesting migratory songbird, in forests in the northern Midwest United States is being linked by scientists to a seemingly unlikely culprit: earthworms. A new survey conducted in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest and Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest by a research team led by Scott Loss of the University of Minnesota and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has revealed a direct link between the presence of...

Nation's Urban Forests Losing Ground
2012-02-24 04:47:59

National results indicate that tree cover in urban areas of the United States is declining at a rate of about 4 million trees per year, according to a U.S. Forest Service study published recently in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Tree cover in 17 of the 20 cities analyzed in the study declined while 16 cities saw increases in impervious cover, which includes pavement and rooftops. Land that lost trees was for the most part converted to either grass or ground cover, impervious cover...

Image 1 - NASA Map Sees Earth's Trees In A New Light
2012-02-20 09:30:41

A NASA-led science team has created an accurate, high-resolution map of the height of Earth's forests. The map will help scientists better understand the role forests play in climate change and how their heights influence wildlife habitats within them, while also helping them quantify the carbon stored in Earth's vegetation. Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; the University of Maryland, College Park; and Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, Mass., created...

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2012-01-27 06:53:12

According to long-term studies in Amazonia, Africa and central America, the worlds largest trees are dying off due to the encroachment of man. The roads and villages that men build fragment forests while the trees are battling against severe droughts, pests and diseases. The studies have shown that the trees have adapted well to centuries of storms, pests and short-term climactic extremes, reports the Guardian. But these large trees are counterintuitively more vulnerable than other trees...

2012-01-19 11:27:07

Highlights signs of transition to a disturbance-dominated regime A new paper published today in Nature reveals that human land use activity has begun to change the regional water and energy cycles - the interplay of air coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, water transpiration by the forest, and solar radiation - of parts of the Amazon basin. In addition, it shows that ongoing interactions between deforestation, fire, and climate change have the potential to alter carbon storage, rainfall...


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Davy Crockett National Forest
2014-01-20 14:27:28

The Davy Crockett National Forest is a national forest located off of U.S. Highway 69 lying west of Lufkin, Texas and east of Crockett. It is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture National Forest Service whose headquarters can be found in Lufkin. There are local ranger district offices found in Ratcliff. The forest encompasses a total of 160,647 acres in two counties. 94,481 acres are located in Houston and 67,361 acres are located in Trinity. This national forest...

Delta National Forest
2014-01-20 10:49:59

The Delta National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in western Mississippi. It is located in Sharkey County and has an area of 60,898 acres. The forest headquarters are located in Jackson, Mississippi, as are all six National Forest in Mississippi, but there are local ranger district offices found in Rolling Fork. It is one of only six National Forests that are featured entirely within a single county. The Green Ash-Overcup Oak-Sweetgum Research National Areas within the Delta...

Plumas National Forest
2014-01-20 10:17:50

Plumas National Forest is a 1,146,000-acre United States National Forest located in the Sierra Nevada, in northern California. Roughly 85 percent of Plumas National Forest lies in Plumas County, but smaller portions can be found in eastern Butte, northern Sierra, southern Lassen, and northeastern Yuba counties. The Plumas National Forest Supervisor’s office can be found in Quincy, California. There are local ranger district offices located in Blairsden, Oroville, and Quincy. It is...

Deschutes National Forest
2013-12-24 12:04:50

The Deschutes National Forest is a United States National Forest that is located in some parts of Deschutes, Klamath, Lake, and Jefferson counties in central Oregon. It makes up 1.8 million acres along the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. In 1908, the Deschutes National Forest was established from some parts of the Blue Mountains, Cascade, and Fremont National Forests. In the year 1911, some parts of the Deschutes National Forest were split off to create the Ochoco and Paulina National...

Dixie National Forest
2013-12-24 12:00:06

Dixie National Forest is a United States National Forest located in Utah with headquarters located in Cedar City. It takes up 2 million acres and stretches for about 170 miles across southern Utah. As it is the largest national forest in Utah, it straddles the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado River. It is located in parts of Garfield, Iron, Kane, Wayne, Washington, and Piute counties. The majority of the forest lies in Garfield County. There are local ranger district offices...

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