Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners – January 2015

Posted: January 13, 2015

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.

Muddy forests, shorter winters present challenges for loggers

 The period of frozen ground has declined by an average of two or three weeks since 1948, research shows. During that time, wood harvests have shifted in years with more variability in freezing and thawing to red pine and jack pine -- species that grow in sandy, well-drained soil that can support trucks and heavy equipment when not frozen.

The Bloom Is On for Maple Syrup

Pancake lovers, take heart. In the coming weeks, maple farmers throughout Quebec, Vermont and elsewhere in the syrup belt will dust off their metal spiles for another harvest season, and some scientists are predicting that the sugary sap will flow even more freely than usual.

Deer account for long-term forest change

A study released recently has linked at least 40 percent of species changes in the forests of northern Wisconsin and Michigan during the past 60 years to the eating habits of white-tailed deer.

Newly planted urban forests can easily succumb to disease

New trees usually planted in cities, however, are clones of a smaller number of "parent trees," placing them at greater risk of death from insects, infection or other stressors because they have such a limited range of genes with which to respond.

Cougar expert: Cats could return to New England

The forests of Maine and other Northeastern states are ideal cougar habitat, says a Vermont animal tracker.

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