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 drought effects linger Why do some trees die in a drought and others don’t? And how can we predict where…

Continue reading →

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 prioritize which lands to plant after a wildfire. A study spanning 10 national forests and 14 burned areas in California…

Continue reading →

Managed grazing helps forests, say Ken Tate, Leslie Roche, and others

With California wildfires becoming more frequent and intense, ranchers and other natural resources experts say public policy on livestock grazing as a potential tool to manage fuel and vegetation needs to be reevaluated to allow more flexibility. Despite mounting research that shows well-managed grazing could help reduce wildfire risk and severity, livestock stocking rates on…

Continue reading →