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  • New recreational travel model to help states stop firewood assisted insect travel The spread of damaging invasive forest pests is only partially powered by the insects' own wings. People moving firewood for camping can hasten and widen the insects' spread and resulting forest destruction. A new U.S. Forest Service study gives state planners a tool for anticipating the most likely route of human-assisted spread they can use to enhance survey and public education efforts.

  • The difference in Pacific ocean surface temperatures are evident between the top graphic -- depicting June 28, 2010, a strong La Nina year), dominated by blue (colder) Pacific coastal waters -- and the bottom, taken June 26, 2014, in which warmer (yellow to red) currents in the equatorial Pacific indicate a trend toward an El Nino weather pattern /
    El Nino on its way: Predicting the unpredictable El Nino is on its way. And it might be a big one. Or it might not. The only predictable aspect of this phenomenon of warming surface temperatures of equatorial Pacific waters is that El Nino refuses to be predictable. It can drastically alter weather patterns around the globe, strewing disaster in seemingly random fashion. Or its impact can be comparatively benign.

  • Transmitter tags such as these are inserted in chinook, steelhead and Pacific lamprey so fisheries researchers can monitor their movements in the Columbia River system / University of Idaho
    Return tags in salmon, steelhead for $25 Area fishermen can get a $25 bonus if they catch a fish with a radio telemetry tag in the Snake, Columbia or Willamette Rivers. The tagged fish are part of an ongoing effort to boost stocks of steelhead trout, chinook salmon and Pacific lamprey. The small tags monitor fish behavior and distribution.

  • Three women scientists are spearheading a new study of climate change and tropical forests / Alida Mau
    Scientists study the effects of climate change on Puerto Rican forest Did you know that there is a tropical rainforest in the United States? It is in Puerto Rico - the El Yunque National Forest - and Michigan Technological University researchers are joining USFS and USGS scientists there to get a handle on the impact that climate change - particularly warming - is likely to have on the tropical forests of the world.

  • At the Forest Products Laboratory pilot plant in Madison, Wis., engineers extract cellulose nanomaterials from wood pulp / Mitch Jacoby, C&EN
    Nano From The Forest Tucked inside the fibrous cellulose matrices that provide mechanical strength to wood and plants are nanostructured cellulose material. These materials are being touted for their ability to take various forms, such as gels and films, and for the breadth of their potential applications

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