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Is #RxFire reducing carbon emissions or making them worse? Researchers are finding that low-intensity prescribed fires not only help to prevent catastrophic wildfires, they can also help to maintain carbon storage in forests: popsci.com/environment/wi…

BREAKING: @forestservice commits to a 10-year Wildfire Crisis Strategy to combat wildfire risk in the U.S. and support forest resilience. NASF is proud to have supported this effort and looks forward to accelerating its shared work with the Forest Service stateforesters.org/newsroom/fores…

In early 2022, Coloradoans suffered an extremely destructive wildfire. In a matter of minutes, the #MarshallFire tore through over 1,000 homes and buildings. Why are these “once in a century” weather events becoming more common? The answer is complicated. ow.ly/GTU550Hx2II

To achieve the right habitat conditions, eastern hellbenders need ample forest cover and are frequently found in rocky creeks within hemlock-heavy woods. These fully aquatic salamanders can live 35 years – one specimen (according to @MDC_online) lived to 55! 📸 Brian Gratwicke

Found in permanent streams and rivers across eastern states, from New York to Missouri, these salamanders need cool and clear flowing water because they breathe through their skin 😱. In fact, their lungs are mostly used for buoyancy, not breathing. 📸Nat Gillespie @forestservice

O__O Known as “ground puppies,” “mud devils,” and “snot otters,” eastern hellbender salamanders are the largest species of salamander in North America, reaching up to 29 inches in length! That’s the size of a corgi! 📸: @USFWSNews

The wood of big and old trees hold tremendous value. Large trees store carbon, but also support livelihoods. Scroll through this illustration by @washingtonpost to learn about a 500-year-old Sitka Spruce in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest: ow.ly/VOoe50HtFYp

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