- Mount Graham red squirrel counted in conservation effort Counting how many endangered Mount Graham red squirrels remain in southeastern Arizona is based on piles of pine cone scales, known as middens, which the creatures leave to store green cones and other food for winter. Because the squirrels do not hibernate, middens are essential.
- Federal land managers draft plan confronting climate change Climate change trends in the Pacific Northwest already point to where snowpack levels, fish survival and wildfire frequency are headed. But how snow, fish and wildfire might combine to affect lakeside picnicking is a work in progress.
- Escondido students getting bugs out of new science lessons Some Escondido middle school students are putting down their books and uncovering rocks this semester as they help create new lessons that could be used as a model for teaching science.
- Fires and floods: North Cascades federal lands prepare for climate change In a country that boasts an awe-inspiring system of national parks, the Pacific Northwest may be especially lucky. But even remote parks and forests cannot escape the problem of human-induced climate change.
- Launch of Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions The Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, Savannah, US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory announced the launch of the Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions.