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  • Bluebunch wheatgrass waiting to be planted at the Steens experimental study site in Steens Mountain Range, Oregon, after a recent prescribed burn. Credit: Holly Prendeville
    To Prevent Another Dust Bowl, the US Must Sow the Right Seeds In the 1930s, a serious drought, combined with excessively intensive farming practices, transformed the U.S. Great Plains into a dust bowl, wreaking economic devastation on farmers and their communities. The fertile topsoil that fed a nation was, quite literally, blowing in the wind.

  • Southern Research Station Forestry Technician Bryan Mudder releases the predatory beetle on an eastern hemlock. Bud Mayfield
    Predator to combat Hemlock pest As part of its ongoing effort to manage an invasive pest that affects native Hemlock trees, earlier this month the U.S. Forest Service released a number of predatory beetles into North and South Carolina Forests.

  • New report provides conservation and management strategies for climate-sensitive yellow-cedar in Alaska The report, ''A Climate Adaptation Strategy for Conservation and Management of Yellow-Cedar in Alaska,'' is the first to provide a comprehensive science-based approach for managing the species in the face of climate change in the state of Alaska, where some populations of the tree have been declining over the past century.

  • Canopy future: Picking the right trees to survive Connie Harrington, an ecologist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, has studied tree growth in changing environments for more than 30 years, focusing on climate change effects for the past eight.

  • A Majorcan midwife toad. A fungus that has caused mass die-offs of frogs was eliminated from several groups of the species. Credit Mark Bowler/Science Source
    A Reprieve for Fungus-Battered Frogs After a six-year effort, researchers on the Spanish island of Majorca have rid several groups of Majorcan midwife toads of the pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis - better known as chytrid fungus, or B.d. It's the first time the disease, which is devastating amphibians worldwide, has been eradicated in a wild population.

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