DNR weekend reading: Urban development makes quick impact on streams

Here are links to articles about science, climate change and the environment for your weekend reading from DNR:

U.S. Geological SurveyStreams Show Signs of Degradation at Earliest Stages of Urban Development
A study finds that streams are more sensitive to development than previously understood. The effects of urbanization on streams and their biological communities vary geographically, with the greatest losses of sensitive species occurring where the predominant land cover was forested.

Mother Nature Network: The science of being thankful
Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley report mounting scientific evidence that thankfulness also has concrete health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, stronger disease immunity and fewer symptoms of depression.

Science Daily: Beargrass, a Plant of Many Roles, Is Focus of New Report
Beargrass is an ecologically, culturally, and economically important plant in the Western United States where it provides food, habitat, and raw material for an array of wildlife species. The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report that landowners, managers, harvesters and others can use to learn more about this plant.

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