Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners

Posted: March 19, 2014

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.

The Passenger Pigeon’s Extinction: Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future

 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. In recognition of the loss of this amazing bird and increase awareness of species exploitation the Arboretum at Penn State and the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management are providing a special presentation entitled The Passenger Pigeon's Extinction: Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future.  The presentation will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 4:00 PM in the Forest Resources Building, Room 112 on the Penn State University Park campus.


Global Forest Watch Tracks Where Trees Fall; Google Aids Development Of Environmental Monitoring Tool

 If a tree falls in the forest and no one’s around, it might not make a sound – but a new mapping tool from the World Resources Institute aims to put all the eyes of the world on forests everywhere, with near-real time monitoring.


 A Year in the Forest

 Filmmaker Samuel Orr took 40,000 still images from his front window over 15 months and blended them into a short film to show how a forest changes throughout the seasons.


 Deer proliferation disrupts a forest's natural growth

 Researchers have discovered that a burgeoning deer population forever alters the progression of a forest's natural future by creating environmental havoc in the soil and disrupting the soil's natural seed banks.


 Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

 It wasn't just people, animals and trees that were affected by radiation exposure at Chernobyl, but also the decomposers: insects, microbes, and fungi


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