DNR weekend reading: Pine beetles vs. slippery bark trees, and other stories

Canada lynx

Male Canada lynx recovers from tranquilizer and waits to be freed after being assessed, ear tagged and collared with a GPS monitor by biologists in eastern Washington State. Since 1996, DNR has implemented its Lynx Habitat Management Plan — one of the most comprehensive conservation plans for lynx in the United States. Photo: 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: Minimizing Power Grid Disruptions from Wind Power
After finding that an increase in the use of wind power generation can make the power grid more fragile and susceptible to disruptions, researchers devised a technique to coordinate wind power generation and energy storage to minimize the potential for such power disruptions.

University of Colorado: Slippery bark protects trees from pine beetle attack
Trees with smoother bark are better at repelling attacks by mountain pine beetles, which have difficulty gripping the slippery surface, according to a new study that may help land managers make decisions about which trees to cull and which to keep in order to best protect forested properties against pine beetle infestation. – 

US Fish & Wildlife Service/NOAAStatus and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Conterminous United States (PDF)
The U.S. is losing wetlands at a rate of 80,000 acres per year, in part because of intensifying coastal storms and sea level rise, according to a new government study. The decline in freshwater and saltwater wetlands is driven both by traditional factors, such as coastal development, as well as worsening storms and slowly rising seas, the study says. 

Environment 360Bringing Back the Night: A Fight Against Light Pollution
As evidence mounts that excessive use of light is harming wildlife and adversely affecting human health, new initiatives in are seeking to turn down the lights that flood an ever-growing part of the planet.

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