Tree News: Our Forests are Fucked, We've Changed the Environment they need to Thrive


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 13 December 2017

 

 

Tree News

Our Forests are Fucked

We've Changed the Environment they need to Thrive

Forest resilience declines in face of wildfires, climate change,
Colorado State University, December 12, 2017.

 

Recording and Documenting the unfolding forest disaster

The Question: "... if and how changing climate over the last several decades affected post-fire tree regeneration..."

The Answer: "...significant decreases in tree regeneration following wildfires in the early 21st century..."

"In many places, forests are not coming back after fires."

"What we've found is dramatic, even in the relatively short 23-year study period,"

"Historically, forests change over time. But the research team said their findings suggest that it will take much longer after a wildfire for sites to return to forests, if they return at all. In one-third of the areas studied, researchers found no seedlings growing. The hardest-hit sites were the warmest and driest, and those where fires burned so severely that few trees survived to provide seed."

"Even if we plant trees in those areas, it's unlikely to be successful,"


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What Comes Next?
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Environmental Status

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