Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – August 2016
Posted: August 22, 2016
Recent News of Interest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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