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Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – August 2016

Posted: August 22, 2016

Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.

Recent News of Interest

Trees rely on a range of strategies to hunt for nutrient hot spots

On the surface, trees may look stationary, but underground their roots, aided by their fungal allies, are constantly on the hunt and using a surprising number of strategies to find food, according to an international team of researchers.

Why Dead Trees Are Important to Wildlife

There's no denying they don't seem to offer much that property owners find appealing. They're messy and leafless. Insect-infested. And, in some instances, even threatening. But landowners should know that the benefits dead trees or snags provide wildlife are immense.

Conservation Easements

This article from The Nature Conservancy presents some good information about conservation easements as a land protection tool. If you’ve got questions about easements, this may be a place to find the answers.

North American forests unlikely to save us from climate change

An unprecedented study combining projections of future climate with more than two million tree-ring records spanning all of North America suggests that forests ache more and more under the burden of climate change. The resulting detailed forecast map for the continent reveals up to 75 percent slower growth projected for trees in the southwestern US, along the Rockies, through interior Canada and Alaska.

Scientists made see-through wood that is cooler than glass

Wood is a strong and versatile building material, but it rots, gets eaten by bugs, and blocks light. Plain sheets of glass aren't much better. They shatter easily and let a lot of energy leak into or out of a building. But engineers have recently figured out how to find the best of both worlds by making see-through wood.

Increase of Lyme disease cases can be linked to climate change

Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease from 2012–2014, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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