Climate Change

California Street Trees Provide $1 Billion in Annual Value

A new report from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station estimates trees lining California’s streets provide benefits to urban communities worth $1 billion annually. Using i-Tree, an urban forest inventory and management software suite, researchers arrived at a complete understanding of California’s tree species, size, location, and associated benefits.

Tree Mortality Poses Wildfire Threat in Pacific Northwest

The impacts of the last three years of drought are finally manifesting themselves throughout the Pacific Northwest. Douglas firs have been affected the most, dying off and peppering the landscape with burnt-orange needles. The die-offs come despite a rather wet winter, as recent drought and associated beetle infestations stressed the trees. In certain areas, cold, dry east winds from last winter froze the foliage of many coniferous trees, leaving trees green on one side and orange on the other.

Climate Change Could Put Eucalypts at Fatal Risk

Climate change is set to bring rising temperatures, more frequent heatwaves and more droughts. Since trees cannot migrate to get away from heat and lack of water, they rely on such strategies as dropping leaves and reducing evaporation of water from leaves to cope.

"This places eucalypts — and possibly other tree species — at risk from anticipated rapid changes in climate," said the researchers, led by Dr Sebastian Pfautsch from Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

2015 Resolutions

The following resolutions were approved on September 15, 2015 at the Annual Meeting in Olympic Valley, California.

Resolution 2015-01—Tax Reform. This resolution adopts the policy statement, “Tax Policy and its Relationship to Managing and Protecting the Nation’s Forest Resource.”            

Policy Statement 2015-01—Tax Reform. This policy statement was adopted by resolution 2015-01.

What does climate change mean for tropical island forests?

A new Climate Change Resource Center topic page summarizes some of the climate change impacts and management considerations for tropical island forests managed in part by the United States.

Authors from the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station and International Institute of Tropical Forestry partnered to create this online resource.

Vermont Produces Guide on Adapting Forests to Climate Change

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released a guidebook last month on adapting forests for climate changes.
The guidebook, titled "Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change," was written with the purpose of supplementing current forest management planning and practices with forest-adaptation strategies that are more relevant to the current climate change trends and projections.