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The Important Relationship between Forests and Fire

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April 5th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

Wildfires get a lot of heat for all their destructive power, but sometimes fires are exactly what a healthy forest needs. Learn how periodic fires can help recycle nutrients, disperse seeds and create a mosaic of old and new growth within a healthy forest.
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Forest Digest – Week of March 28, 2016

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April 1st, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

It’s all about the elements — earth, air, fire and water — in this week’s Forest Digest. Find out how communities are gathering together to fight wildfires in Kansas, NASA researchers are uncovering underground forest fungi and Chinese megacities are leading the urban greening movement.
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Earth Month 2016: The Elements of Forests

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March 31st, 2016|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Throughout the millennia, many cultures have viewed four elements as essential to life — earth, air, fire and water. This Earth Month, we’re focusing on the relationships between forests and these essential elements. Join us in this celebration of the benefits that forests bring to Planet Earth.
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Bees and Cherry Blossoms in D.C.: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

March 29th, 2016|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It’s an iconic sight — the clusters of cherry blossoms weighing down wispy branches into a giant bouquet of pink, white and green that frames our nation’s monuments. But, the cherry blossom festival has a secret support system — bees. This post explores how D.C. beehives ensure the annual return of the blossoms.
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Forest Digest – Week of March 21, 2016

March 25th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

In honor of International Day of Forests, this week’s Forest Digest has headlines from around the world. After fire destroyed Rocky-Mountain-area forests, drought has been slowing recovery. Researchers in Canada have found the tremendous impact that fungi can have on lodgepole pines, and new forest-related maps and applications are now available.
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