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    Facebook for Trees: The Forest Service's Quest to Make a Tree Database More User-Friendly The U.S. Forest Inventory and Analysis program is essentially the U.S. Census Bureau for trees. The agency maintains a database that includes various characteristics of some 19 million trees over some 350,000-plus plots of land across America and as far away as Guam and the Caribbean Territories.

  • South Sister, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor from Crane Prairie Reservoir. Photo by Brian Jennings.
    Chasing the Snowpack Findings of climate research being done by the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station may eventually change the way Central Oregonians recreate. For two years, the research station has worked with resource managers in the Deschutes, Ochoco, and Fremont-Winema National Forests to study climate change affects on water, fish, vegetation, wildlife, and recreation on public lands. The research is led by Nobel Laureate David Peterson and Jessica Halofsky, a researcher at the University of Washington.

  • Hemlock
    What Does Restoration Look Like? Saving Hemlocks on the Grandfather Ranger District The most common way to treat hemlocks for the adelgid is using an insecticide treatment. The Forest Service’s primary chemical of choice is called Imidacloprid. Imidacloprid is mixed with water and injected into the soil around the root system of a hemlock. The chemical moves into the foliage, killing the adelgids as they feed but leaving the foliage unharmed. This both maintains old hemlocks and supports regeneration of new hemlocks near the treated trees.

  • Forest. Photo: Pixabay
    Radical Forest Changes Projected For Next 50 Years What we do now to address forests will determine how they develop in North America for the next 50 years, says a new report from the USDA Forest Service.

  • Matthew Weaver/Capital Press
Rockford, Wash., farmer David Gady holds biochar made from bluegrass screenings January 2014 on his farm. Researchers are looking at the use of biochar in forests.
    Researcher examines biochar use in forests Instead of thinning stands to boost productivity and burning the resulting slashpiles, researchers believe turning it into biochar - a supplement made of charred biological matter - would be better for long-term carbon storage and boosting soil’s nutrient- and moisture-holding capacities.

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