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TREE NEWS, Super Wood, "Densified Wood"

 

TREE NEWS
Super Wood

"Densified Wood"

Super wood could replace steel,
University of Maryland, February 7, 2018.

"This new way to treat wood makes it 12 times stronger than natural wood and 10 times tougher."

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TREE NEWS, Forest Primeval: Europe Lost 50% of Forest in 6000 Years.

 

TREE NEWS

Forest Primeval

Europe Lost 50% of Forest in 6000 Years

Europe's lost forests -- study shows coverage has halved over 6,000 years,
University of Plymouth, January 16, 2018.

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Tree News, I've Fallen and I Can't Get Back Up; Amazon Forest Recovery Taking a Beating

 

 

Tree News

I've Fallen and I Can't Get Back Up

Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change,
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, November 15, 2017.

Amazon forests are taking a beating as their ability to recover declines.

Amazon Taking a Beating

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Tree News, Widespread Pinyon Pine Mortality Throughout Much of the Southwestern U.S.

 

 

Tree News

"Widespread Pinyon Pine Mortality Throughout Much of the Southwestern U.S."

It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree,
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, November 8, 2017.

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Aspens Fire Up in the High Sierra

 

 

Aspens Fire Up in the High Sierra

Alpine trees put on annual show,
Record Courier, October 5, 2017.

 

Have any interesting experiences with trees? My first observations of the slashes of Aspen Colors through the darkening evergreen forests of Fall always shocks me. 

 

Plant Planet: The Plant & Tree Forum

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Ash Tree and Antelope Face Extinction

 

 

Warm Enough Now

Once-abundant ash tree and antelope species face extinction -- IUCN Red List,
INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE, September 14, 2017.

 

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No Bristlecone Regeneration: Treeline Moving Upslope

 

No Bristlecone Regeneration
Treeline Moving Upslope

Earth's oldest trees in climate-induced race up the tree line,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - DAVIS, September 13, 2017.

 

Tree News

Eco-Crash News 

 

 

 

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Large trees -- key climate influencers -- die first in drought

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Sept. 29, 2015--In forests worldwide, drought consistently has had a more detrimental impact on the growth and survival of larger trees, new research shows. 

Large trees -- key climate influencers -- die first in drought, DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory,  September 29, 2015.

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Changing Seasons Doom Traditional Sierra Forests

Independent of the amazing drought of 2011-?, the slow and steady changes in the seasons over the Sierra Nevada have already doomed their forests to a rapid transition between species by fire.

I discuss this in context of the changing times we get changing temps and weather in the Sierra. This information is almost as important for backpackers as the forests and animals within them.

Notes on backpacking weather, changing (changed) seasons and the fate of High Sierra trees:

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Noble Canyon Backpacking Toiyabe National Forest

Steve contacted me about the huge junipers he had encountered along a short but sweet backpacking trip down Noble Canyon in the Eastern Sierra.

Steve at base of giant juniper tree in Noble Canyon.

 This backpacking trip covers what I estimate and 6.5 miles starting at Ebbetts Pass down to the Silver Creek Campground located at the base of Noble Canyon where Highway 4 crosses the end of Noble Creek.

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Climate change causing demise of lodgepole pine in western North America

Climate change causing demise of lodgepole pine in western North America 

Oregon State University

Public release date: 28-Feb-2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lodgepole pine, a hardy tree species that can thrive in cold temperatures and plays a key role in many western ecosystems, is already shrinking in range as a result of climate change – and may almost disappear from most of the Pacific Northwest by 2080, a new study concludes.

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Ravenous foreign pests threaten national treasures

Ravenous foreign pests threaten national treasures,

Foreign pests are eating their way through our national forests, destroying majestic scenery and costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

National Science Foundation

 

Public Release: 6-Dec-2010

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Environmental Destruction: The Trees are Dying

 Backpackers should be concerned. Tree mortality in the Western United States, including the Sierra Nevadas, is accelerating at an alarming rate. Green forests are turning brown. Read the following, and weep. Then act.

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Climate change causing demise of lodgepole pine in western North America 

Oregon State University

Public release date: 28-Feb-2011

 

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