New research on avian response to wildfires

As we enter another wildfire season in California, attention will turn to the inevitable fires and efforts to extinguish them. After these fires burn,...

Envisioning a future where all the trees in Europe disappear

Vegetation plays an important role in shaping local climate: just think of the cool shade provided by a forest or the grinding heat of...

Palm oil: The carbon cost of deforestation

Indonesia and Malaysia together account for nearly 85% of global palm oil production. This oil is commonly used in processed foods, cosmetics and biofuels,...

Populations of trees respond differently to climate change

A new Portland State University study shows that not all populations of a single, widely spread tree species respond the same to climate change,...

Surprising resurgence of red spruce likely result of warmer winters

Red spruce, for decades the forest equivalent of the canary in the coal mine signaling the detrimental effects of acid rain on northeastern forests,...

Cool weather can amplify attacks of tree-killing bark beetle

As a warming climate invites the destructive southern pine beetle to expand its northern range, the cooler weather in this new habitat can potentially...

New map shows many old-growth forests remain In Europe

Though you might read about deep, dark woods in fairy tales, the prevailing story today is that very little European old-growth forest remains. But...

Whole-tree logging may not hinder plant biodiversity

As much as we love our two-by-fours and toilet paper, many of us have mixed feelings about logging. Those feelings can morph into straight-out...

Ecologists expose bias in forest restoration studies

When embarking on a reforestation project, is it better to let an area regenerate on its own, or take active steps like planting trees?...

Forest loss in one part of US can harm trees on the opposite coast

Large swaths of U.S. forests are vulnerable to drought, forest fires and disease. Many local impacts of forest loss are well known: drier soils,...

Mixed forests: Ecologically and economically superior

Mixed forests are more productive than monocultures. This is true on all five continents, and particularly in regions with high precipitation. These findings from...

Inequality is normal: Dominance of the big trees

The top 1% of the forest has been sharing some vital information with researchers. Ninety-eight scientists and thousands of field staff have concluded the...

Restoration of China’s native forests imperiled by proliferating tree plantations

China has implemented some of the world's most ambitious policies to protect and restore forests, yet these programs still miss the mark, according to...

Deer fawns more likely to survive in agricultural landscapes

The cruel truth is that throughout the white-tailed deer's range only about half of all fawns live to see their first birthday -- most...

Warming future means more fire, fewer trees in California

Study: Warming future means more fire, fewer trees in western biodiversity hotspot Increasing fires and summer droughts caused by global warming are drastically changing a...