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  • Iowa is losing millions of trees - and it's hurting water quality, experts say Iowa's thirst for new farmland helped drive the loss of 97,000 acres of woodlands in just five years, a new federal report shows.

  • A farm worker collects cucumbers in a greenhouse in Russia. Mac Callaham, a research ecologist at the USDA Forest Service, says William the Worm likely met its fate in a greenhouse scenario. Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
    How William The Worm Got Himself Into A Pickle This week, a U.K. citizen named Wes Metcalfe discovered an 'unresponsive' worm stuck in the plastic packaging of a cucumber, which he had purchased at Tesco, a British supermarket chain.

  • Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award honors excellence by outstanding organizations and individuals to reduce climate-related threats and advance the resilience of fish, wildlife, and plants in a changing climate by helping to address the goals of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. Forest Service researcher, Dan Isaak, was one of the recipients for incorporating climate vulnerability into over 185 forest management projects across the Midwest, Central Appalachians, and the Northeast.

  • Enlightened Hawaiian chiefs as far back as the 14th century instituted what is called the moku-ahupua‚Äėa system of management throughout the islands. (Limahuli Gardens)
    Finding Lessons on Culture and Conservation at the End of the Road in Kauai ...All of this is part of the larger trend of conservation biology that the U.S. Forest Service is exploring. ‚ÄúConservation biology is continually evolving‚ÄĒfrom protecting nature for nature‚Äôs sake to today supporting socio-ecological systems,‚ÄĚ says Christian Giardina, research ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service‚Äôs Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, who is funding our research.

  • Mark Carthy/
    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.

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