Climate Change

Research launched on trees reaction to changing climate

A team of researchers will be planting thousands of red oak trees in northern Minnesota over the next two years in an experiment designed to help the north woods adapt to future climate change. The experiment is being led by the Nature Conservancy and over the next few years, the team will measure the growth of the red oaks and share results with natural resource managers.

Coalition Letter: Matsui - Support for TREES Act (July 3, 2013)

Dear Congresswoman Matsui:

The Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) would like to thank you for your commitment to energy conservation and your recognition of the role properly placed trees have in mitigating greenhouse gasses and reducing electricity consumption. We write today in support of your efforts to assist retail power providers with the establishment and operation of targeted residential tree planting programs through your recently introduced bill HR 1807 “The Residential Energy and Economic Savings Act” (TREES Act).

NASF urges the Administration to maintain a key role for forests in mitigating and adapting to the effects of a changing climate (June 26, 2013)

   

NASF urges the Administration to maintain a key role for forests in mitigating and adapting to the effects of a changing climate.

State Foresters and the programs they manage are integral to ensuring forests remain healthy, sequester carbon and purify water.  

 

New research find some trees more resilient to climate change

Indiana University researchers have found some tree species can handle the rising temperatures linked to climate change better than others, and that could affect the composition of Indiana’s forests. While there is still much work to be done such as rechecking measurements and models and testing trees in different weather conditions, what the researchers have already found could have a big impact on what the forest will look like in 50 years.

Urban trees may do more than you think

A recent state-by-state study finds that U.S. urban trees store carbon and provide billions in economic value. America's urban forests store an estimated 708 million tons of carbon, an environmental service with an estimated value of $50 billion, according to a recent Forest Service study. The annual net carbon uptake by these trees is estimated at 21 million tons and $1.5 billion in economic benefit.

Report warns climate change could double wildfire burned area by 2050

Wildfires in the U.S. will be at least twice as destructive by 2050, burning around 20 million acres nationwide each year, according to a federal report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Scientists found regions such as western Colorado — which already experienced its most destructive wildfire in history last summer — will face an even greater risk. Those regions are expected to face up to a five-fold increase in acres burned by 2050.