DNR weekend reading: Semi-dwarf trees to the rescue?

Mt. Adams
As seen from the Cascade Creek Fire crew camp, a sky crane helicopter flies near Mt. Adams. Photo: Danielle Munzing/DNR.

Here are links to articles for your DNR Weekend Reading:

Oregon State University“Semi-dwarf” trees may enable a green revolution for some forest crops

The same “green revolution” concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world may now offer similar potential in forestry, scientists say, with benefits for wood, biomass production, drought stress and even greenhouse gas mitigation.

Entomological Society of AmericaInsects Found in Nearly 50% of Retail Firewood

A new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology reports that live insects were found in 47 percent of firewood bundles purchased from big box stores, gas stations and grocery stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Untreated firewood can harbor pathogens and destructive insects and transport them to uninfested areas.

Science Daily: How to Restore Native Grasslands in the Interior Pacific Northwest, U.S.

Weed scientists in Oregon have found that the timing of herbicide application along with reseeding of native grasses offers the best recipe for restoring native grasslands while controlling invasive weeds. When threatened by invading exotic species, the quality and quantity of forage for wildlife can be reduced, fire frequencies can be altered, soil moisture and nutrients can be depleted, and the costs of land management can increase.

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies: Northern conifers youngest of the species

Yale researchers examined the fossil record and genetic makeup of 489 out of more than 600 living conifer species and discovered that while most conifers belong to ancient lineages, most Northern Hemisphere species, including the majority of pines and spruces, appeared more recently–within the past 5 million years.

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