Forests

October 13, 2017

Tree Canopy Conference: Green Infrastructure in the Urbanized Environment

With an alarming spread of blights, infestations, and extreme weather affecting trees, Morris Arboretum at University of Pennsylvania is holding a one-day event in Haverford (a suburb of Philadelphia) to discuss the challenges facing and successful strategies available to communities responsible for maintaining a healthy tree canopy.

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Climate Explodes Larch Beetle Numbers, Transforming Minnesota Forests

"Eastern larch beetles, tiny burrowing bugs native to Minnesota, are exploding in number across the state’s northern forest and have killed or damaged about a third of the state’s tamarack trees — one of the first clear signs of a rapidly changing climate."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 08/15/2017

"The Tricked-Out Research Planes That Fly Through Wildfires"

"The only way to know exactly what’s in a wildfire’s smoke is to sample straight from the haze. So during the Rim Fire in Yosemite—which emitted so much smoke it formed its own clouds—a NASA DC-8 passenger plane and an Alpha fighter jet each crisscrossed through the plume. On both planes, scientists had created an in-flight lab to measure exactly what the fire was producing."

Source: WIRED, 07/28/2017

"Crews From 34 States Arrive To Help With Destructive Montana Fires"

"HELENA, Mont. -- Crews and equipment from 34 states arrived Monday to help fight four massive wildfires that have destroyed a dozen homes in eastern Montana and forced ranchers to let their livestock loose as the blazes spread unhindered across roads, rivers and man-made fire lines."

Source: CBS News/AP, 07/26/2017

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