DNR weekend reading: Land-use policies & wildfire risk, time-lapse of controlled forest burn, and more

Kennedy Creek  Natural Area Preserve
The Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve managed by DNR, as seen in late September 2013 from the Highway 101 overlook outside of Olympia, Washington. Photo: Maurice Major/DNR

Here are links to articles about recent research, discoveries and other news about forests, climate, energy and other science topics gathered by DNR for your weekend reading:

Science Daily: Rural Land Use Policies Curb Wildfire Risks — To a Point
Using Montana’s fast-growing Flathead County as a template, a Washington State University researcher has found that moderately restrictive land-use policies can significantly curb the potential damage of rural wildfires. However, highly restrictive planning laws will not do much more

Conservancy Talk (The Nature Conservancy): How Fire Can Restore a Forest (TIME LAPSE VIDEO)
Time lapse photography reveals the regrowth of a fire-managed forest after a controlled burn.

Harvard University: Unregulated, agricultural ammonia threatens national parks’ ecology
Nitrogen compounds carried on the wind are disrupting pristine, protected environments, including 38 U.S. national parks where such “accidental fertilization” is at or above a critical threshold for ecological damage, according to Harvard University researchers.

University of Colorado, Boulder: Massive Spruce Beetle Outbreak in Colorado Tied to Drought
A new study shows that drought is a better predictor of spruce beetle outbreaks in northern Colorado than temperature alone. With more drought years likely ahead for the region, this finding increases concern about the impact that spruce beetle outbreaks may have on headwater streams that are important for water resources.

Argonne National Laboratory: Scientists push closer to understanding mystery of deep earthquakes
The construction of a one-of-a-kind X-ray facility helps scientists gain a better understanding of deep earthquakes (more than 30 miles below the surface), which occur as older and colder areas of the oceanic plate are pushed into the earth’s mantle.

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