Tree-Ring Analysis Explains Physiology Behind Drought Intolerance

By Oregon State University – Re-Blogged From WUWT

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tree rings tell the story of what’s happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows.

Scientists at Oregon State University and Utah State University studied 2,800 hectares of mixed-conifer forest in central Oregon, with many of the ponderosa pines in the study area dating back hundreds of years prior to 1910, when putting out wildfires became federal policy.

Other trees in the area, where fire history has been studied extensively, were younger, comparatively fire- and drought-intolerant grand firs.

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Trump Overhauled The Way We Prevent Wildfires And The Media Totally Missed It

By Michael Bastasch The Daily Caller – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Trump Takes Steps To Prevent Catastrophic Forest Fires, Including More Logging

  • President Trump issued an executive order allowing agencies to do more to prevent massive wildfires.
  • The order came one day after Trump signed GOP-backed wildfire legislation.
  • Wildfires have burned more than 8.5 million acres this year.

President Donald Trump moved forward with policies aimed at preventing catastrophic wildfires while the media breathlessly covered the government funding battle.

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Global Tree Cover Has Expanded More Than 7 Percent Since 1982

By Ronald Bailey – Re-Blogged From Reason

Global tree canopy cover increased by 2.24 million square kilometers (865,000 square miles) between 1982 and 2016, reports a new study in Nature.

Researchers using satellite data tracked the changes in various land covers to find that gains in forest area in the temperate, subtropical, and boreal climatic zones are offsetting declines in the tropics. In addition, forest area is expanding even as areas of bare ground and short vegetation are shrinking. Furthermore, forests in montane regions are expanding as climate warming enables trees to grow higher up on mountains.

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Finally, Some Commonsense Western Fire Policies

By Paul Driessen – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

New DOI and DOA policy to cut overgrown, diseased, dead and burned trees is long overdue.

President Trump promised to bring fresh ideas and policies to Washington. Now Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are doing exactly that in a critically important area: forest management and conflagration prevention. Their actions are informed, courageous and long overdue.

Westerners are delighted, and I’ve advocated such reforms since my days on Capitol Hill in the 1980s.

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