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  • Portland pollution hotspot ID'ed five months before regulators acted The U.S. Forest Service researchers had a plan: Collect moss from trees around Portland, study whether it was a living air pollution indicator, then publish their results in a scientific journal.

  • Lynx kittens. James Weliver, USFWS
    Canada lynx persist in spruce beetle impacted forests, research shows 'The notion before we started the study was that it was possibly not lynx habitat because it's very different from what we traditionally think of as lynx habitat,' said John Squires about an area in Rio Grande National Forest that was struck by an outbreak of spruce beetles (Dendroctonus rufipennis) in 2013. Squires is a research wildlife biologist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service and a member of The Wildlife Society.

  • 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.

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