Science Stories

Forest Service Scientists Do Some Serious Sleuthing to Detect Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites

Diane E. Banegas , 

The problem of illegal marijuana farms on national forests is, pardon the pun, growing. In spite of the fact that “pot” is now legal in California and other parts of the U.S. for medicinal and recreational use, illegal marijuana growing is still a billion dollar industry with international tentacles. In fact, the number of illegal grow sites increased dramatically following California’s Proposition 215, which legalized medical marijuana.


Smokejumper in Space brings back "Moon Trees"

Lincoln Bramwell , 

In January 1971, Astronaut and former Forest Service smokejumper Stuart Roosa travelled to the moon aboard Apollo 14, carrying in his flight suit 400-500 tree seeds as part of a Forest Service experiment he helped conceive. After his safe return to Earth, the Forest Service germinated the seeds and successfully planted “moon trees” throughout the 50 states along with one on the White House grounds.

 


Volunteers Count Every Street Tree in New York City

Devon Merriman , 

Did you know?  Over 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in cities or metropolitan areas, making urban trees more important than ever. Trees bring many benefits to human health—they filter air pollution, release oxygen, reduce mental stress, and absorb rainwater and noise.