DNR weekend reading: Dwindling mountain meadows; new hopes for salmon; and more

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Here are links to selected articles about science, climate and the environment:

Oregon State University: Mountain meadows dwindling in the Pacific Northwest
Some mountain meadows in the U.S. Northwest are steadily disappearing as the effects of climate change have allowed trees to invade the ecosystems in recent decades, a new study says.

University of Alberta: Saving salmon from deadly sea lice
A University of Alberta-led research team has some positive news for British Columbia’s pink salmon populations, and the salmon farming industry that has struggled to protect both captive and wild salmon from sea lice infestations.

Science Daily: New Study Shows Effects of Climate Conditions On Bark Beetle Outbreaks
A recent study by a team of scientists confirms the important role climate plays on bark beetle outbreaks. Based on three decades of bark beetle outbreaks in Oregon and Washington, the researchers developed a statistical probability model to quantify the contribution of various climate conditions, such as temperature and precipitation, on outbreak levels and to estimate expected amounts of damage to lodgepole pine forests.

Cool Green Science (The Nature Conservancy): Giving Thanks to Salmon: Sustainers of the Great Bear Rainforest
Phil Hoose, a Newbery and National Book Award-winning author, muses on the importance of salmon to humans, wildlife and habitat in today’s British Columbia.

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