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2009-02-02 14:31:41

Mountain pine beetles devastating lodgepole pine stands across the West might best be kept in check with aerial application of flakes containing a natural substance used in herbal teas that the insects release to avoid overcrowding host trees, according to a team of scientists.Findings from the U.S. Forest Service-funded study appear in the February issue of Forest Ecology and Management. The study was conducted in California and Idaho, and showed how applications of laminated flakes...

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2009-01-26 08:25:00

New technology deployed on airplanes is helping scientists quantify landscape-scale changes occurring to Big Island tropical forests from non-native plants and other environmental factors that affect carbon sequestration. U.S. Forest Service and Carnegie Institution scientists involved in the research published their findings this month in the journal Ecosystems and hope it will help other researchers racing to assess threats to tropical forests around the world. "Our results clearly show the...

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2009-01-25 08:50:00

HILO, Hawaii -- New technology deployed on airplanes is helping scientists quantify landscape-scale changes occurring to Big Island tropical forests from non-native plants and other environmental factors that affect carbon sequestration. U.S. Forest Service and Carnegie Institution scientists involved in the research published their findings this month in the journal Ecosystems and hope it will help other researchers racing to assess threats to tropical forests around the world. "Our...

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2008-12-11 10:44:18

Climate change can have significant impacts on high-elevation lakes and imperiled Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frogs that depend upon them, according to U.S. Forest Service and University of California, Berkeley, scientists. Their findings appear in the current issue of the journal "Herpetological Conservation and Biology" where they show how a combination of the shallow lakes drying up in summer and predation by introduced trout in larger lakes severely limits the amphibian's breeding...

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2008-12-10 14:33:47

U.S. Forest Service scientists at the Center for Urban Forest Research are providing online software that can show users how much carbon dioxide an urban tree in California has sequestered in its lifetime and the past year. The Tree Carbon Calculator is free and programmed in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that provides carbon-related information for a single tree in one of six California climate zones. It is the only tool approved by the California Climate Action Registry's Urban Forest...

2008-10-20 12:00:17

The U.S. Forest Service, seeking to reduce its environmental impact, has enrolled its Rutland headquarters in CVPS Cow Power(TM) (NYSE: CV), the nation's first manure-based farm-to-consumer energy program. "We work hard to improve the environment every day, so it's natural that we'd want to lessen our environmental impact through Cow Power," said Forest Supervisor Meg Mitchell. "As we looked at ways to reduce the impact of our energy usage, enrolling in CVPS Cow Power(TM) had a great...

2008-10-11 09:00:14

By TONY DAVIS In the vast, hot asphalt lots of our commercial culture, the driver who snags a spot under a lonely, scraggly shade tree just about whoops in triumph. Tucson officials want to hear that sound more often, in parking lots that are greener and cooler than today's. They're pushing a city ordinance to require developers of virtually all new non-residential projects to more than double the concentration of trees in parking lots. The proposal, scheduled for a hearing next...

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2008-10-07 09:19:38

Scientists have found lichens can give insight into nitrogen air pollution effects on Sierra Nevada and San Bernardino mountain ecosystems, and protecting them provides safeguards for less sensitive species. Their findings are presented this month in the international journal Environmental Pollution and are significant because nitrogen from air pollution causes detrimental chemical and biological effects to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Other harmful effects include elevated nitrate...

2008-09-30 12:00:26

The U.S. Forest Service budget shows more than $400 million has been shifted to fighting wildfires in the past two years. USA Today said Tuesday that the changing priorities have led to deferred or canceled maintenance, and have placed limits on public access to national forests. "The impacts will be far-reaching and will affect all parts of the Forest Service's budget, making it hard for the agency to accomplish much beyond the most minimal aspects of its many responsibilities," said Rep....

2008-09-26 09:00:21

By Elizabeth Stuart Deseret News In the past 13 years, Manti-La Sal National Forest ranger station has seen all sorts of job applicants -- fresh-out-of-high-school students trying to earn money for college, outdoor enthusiasts looking to land a fun job and 20-somethings just getting started on their scientific careers. But in all that time, said U.S. Forest Service silviculturist Diane Cote, only one Hispanic has walked into the station with an application in hand. "I don't know why...


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Fremont-Winema National Forest
2013-11-27 15:32:16

Fremont-Winema National Forest is a United States National Forest that was created from the 2002 merger of the Fremont and Winema National Forests. They cover territory in southern Oregon from the crest of the Cascades on the west, past the city of Lakeview towards the east. The northern end of the forest is bounded by U.S. Route 97 on the west, and Oregon Route 31 towards the east. Towards the south, the state border with California creates the boundary of the forests. Klamath Falls is the...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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