Ecosystems

How much drought can a forest take? Aerial tree mortality surveys show patterns of tree death during extreme drought

Quick Summary Trees in the driest, densest forests are most vulnerable to dying in extreme drought Effects of extreme drought on forests can take years to surface High tree mortality rates likely to continue as…

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High-severity wildfires complicate natural regeneration for California conifers: New tool helps foresters prioritize restoration efforts

Quick summary Only about half of conifer trees regenerated five to seven years after wildfire in sites studied. Study spanned 10 national forests and 4 burned areas in California. Study presents tool to help foresters…