Climate Change

New incentives for Maryland landowners for forest management

Effective immediately, landowners in Maryland have new incentives to plant trees and better manage their forests.  Maryland’s Forest Preservation Act of 2013, which requires that the State stay at or above its current tree canopy of 40%, assists citizens and local governments who work to increase tree cover on their property with more tools and tax benefits.

Climate change and our forests

Recently, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare for the impacts of climate change on our communities and economy, and lead international efforts to combat global climate change. 

This initiative will build on the significant work the Administration already had underway to ensure healthy, thriving forests. Climate change poses a tough new challenge for the forest ecosystems that provide so much for all Americans.

Giant trees respond to changing climate

Climate change may have triggered a growth spurt in two of California’s iconic tree species: redwoods and giant sequoias.  “The forests are not experiencing detrimental impacts of climate change,” says Emily Burns, science director at the Save the Redwoods League, which is collaborating on a long-term study with university researchers on the effect of climate change on redwoods, the world’s tallest trees, and giant sequoias, the largest living things by total mass.

Could planting trees in the desert mitigate climate change?

As the world starts feeling the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and consequent global temperature rise, researchers are looking for a Plan B to mitigate climate change. A group of German scientists has now come up with an environmentally friendly method that they say could do just that. The technique, dubbed carbon farming, consists in planting trees in arid regions on a large scale to capture CO2.

CO Deputy State Forester testifies on behalf of NASF at Climate and Wildfire Forum

This week firefighters and forest managers spoke at a briefing sponsored by the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change. While wildfires affect the western United States most heavily today, changing weather conditions in the East might make wildfire a more frequent occurrence in the more densely populated areas along the Atlantic Coast.

European forests still feeling the impacts of 1976 drought

New research suggests a sizzling summer of 1976 caused permanent changes to British forests. Scientists found that the long dry spell that year - the UK's most intense drought between 1914 and 2006 - killed off many drought-sensitive beech trees.

A study in the Functional Ecology journal found that growth of the trees is still restricted more than 30 years later. Before 1976, beech was the dominant species in this area. But that summer's drought has permanently changed the makeup of the forest.

Coalition Letter: Obama - Forest Climate Working Group Climate Change Letter (July 16, 2013)

Dear President Obama:

The Forest-Climate Working Group, representing a diverse spectrum of forest industry, conservation, landowner, and agency interests, appreciates the opportunity to share our views with respect to climate change and U.S. forests, in response to your call to action on climate change. We are writing to urge you to include a clear role for U.S. forests, including working forests and the harvested wood products they generate, as part of the solution to addressing climate change.