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Photo of EDXRF image showing intra-annual variation (inset) and increased potassium associated with living sapwood to the right of the heartwood/sapwood boundary in oak. USDA Forest Service
ID: 484
Chemical Analysis of Precisely Dated Tree Rings Used in Environmental Forensics

Dendrochemistry, the chemical analysis of precisely dated tree rings, provides a dynamic record of change for the landscape and within the livin ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin T. Smith

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2013NRS
Photo of Sampling forest soil at Equinox Preservation Trust, Vermont. Rick LaDue, Equinox Preservation Trust.
ID: 1036
Declining Acidic Deposition Begins Reversal of Forest-Soil Acidification

How are forest soils recovering from acid rain? An international collaboration found improvements in soil quality that indicate recovery is on t ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin T. Smith

Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
2016NRS
Photo of Tree rings or growth increments as in this block or red oak provide a dynamic record of internal biology and environmental change (upper image). High-resolution chemical analysis of this poplar show within-year and annual trends in calcium (white line) and chlorine (green line) lower image) superimposed of an X-ray showing within-year changes in wood density. USDA Forest Service
ID: 883
New Guide for Environmental Forensics

Forensic investigation of chemical spills is aided by a new international guide for tree-ring chemistry. Northern Research Station scientists ar ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin T. Smith

Water, Air, and Soil2015NRS
Photo of Decayed red spruce (Picea rubens) penetrated by fine roots, mycelium, and mycelial cords after 12 years in ground contact. Cords are pathways for wood decay fungus to exchange chemical elements between decaying wood and forest soil. Kevin Smith, Forest Service
ID: 39
New Research Suggests Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 Have Reduced the Exposure of Tree Roots and Surface Water to Harmful Aluminum

Wood decay fungi add humus to the forest floor with a high proportion of essential calcium and low amounts of potentially toxic aluminum, which ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin T. Smith

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2012NRS
Photo of Ponderosa pine fire scar at the Lolo National Forest in Montana. The fire scar is open with woundwood (white arrows) partially closing over the killed portion of the stem. Kevin T. Smith, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1008
Scars Link Fire History to Tree Survival

Fire scars contain dynamic changes in wood anatomy of three important western conifers. These changes reveal strategies for tree survival and ma ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin T. Smith

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2016NRS