DNR weekend reading: Wildfire seasons to get longer and smokier in western U.S.

Mount Adams
View of Mount Adams from DNR-managed trust land in southwest Washington. Photo: Florian Diesenhofer/DNR.

Here are links to articles about recent research, discoveries and other news about forests, climate, energy and other science topics:

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Wildfires projected to worsen with climate change
Harvard model predicts wildfire seasons by 2050 will be three weeks longer, up to twice as smoky, and will burn a wider area in the western United States.

NASA: After a Fire, Before a Flood: NASA’s Landsat Directs Restoration to At-Risk Areas
The U.S. Forest Service is using NASA satellite images of fires in the American West to help rapidly restore burned areas before the upcoming rainy season causes floods and washouts that could threaten lives and property.

US Forest Service–Pacific Southwest Research Station: Woodland salamanders indicators of forest ecosystem recovery
Researchers have established that when woodland salamanders are a viable indicator of forest ecosystem recovery: where they are found in high abundance, it indicates a healthy forest.

Science Daily: Cost Gap for Western Renewables Could Narrow by 2025
Washington state can meet the balance of its current state-mandated renewable energy targets using in-state resources, but unlike several other Western states, there may be little left in the way of undeveloped prime-quality resources for subsequent demand beyond 2025, according to a new Energy Department study.

National Geographic: Rebirth on the River: Washington’s Elwha Flourishing After Big Dam Removals
The first signs of life are beginning to return to the Elwha River in Washington State, where the largest dam removal in U.S. history is nearly complete.

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