Science Stories

In the Great Lakes Region, Special Trees Have an Absorbing Role

By Diane Banegas

Trees behind a grassy field Special varieties of trees are increasingly the “go-to” tool for cleaning up pollution from closed landfills, dumps, and similar waste sites. Fast growing poplars and willows are the most widely employed but other species can serve, depending on the problem and its location.

The eating habits of elk, cattle and gophers dramatically impact forest vegetation

A team of Forest Service scientists working near La Grande, Oregon, evaluated how the herbivory, or eating habits, of elk, cattle, and pocket gophers affected nutritious shrubbery growing in dry, conifer forests in the western U.S.