Keeping a pulse on forest news around the world, it’s your weekly Forest Digest.
- Fire surprise: Insect-killed forests no more likely to burn – KTVZ
Another in a string of studies provides evidence that prior insect activity doesn’t affect wildfires, as was widely believed. The analysis covers 30 years of wildfire in Oregon and Washington State.
- Regional haze and questionable efforts to save the forests – The Jakarta Post
As Indonesia’s dry season continues, many are worried that it will continue past August, thanks to an impending El Niño weather pattern. Forest fires are a huge problem, and there is little desire to repeat the pollution crisis of two years ago that resulted from forest fires.
- How Trees Calm Us Down – New Yorker
More evidence from a study published in the Scientific Report shows the connection between trees and better health. An additional 10 trees in an area corresponded to a one-percent increase in how healthy participants felt!
- The California drought is killing almond trees, too – Grist
Salty groundwater is becoming the root of the problem for almond trees on the west coast, and it’s starting to affect almond production.
- Prehistoric trees may help a B.C. forest fight climate change – National Observer
Two concerned tree lovers are trying to fight drought and climate change by introducing more southern growing trees into northern habitats to help forests survive.