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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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Forest-Friendly NCAA Mascots

  • Ohio Buckeyes

March 24th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

What does March Madness have to do with forests? Find out in this post! From the Cardinals to the Bears and the Buckeyes, these basketball teams have a flair for forests! Does your favorite team make the list?
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“May the Forest Be with You” (And Why It Matters)

The Star Wars metaphors continue in this guest post by Julie Yamamoto from IBM. In it, she discusses the threats that global warming and deforestation pose to our world, and how technology can address these issues. From data leadership to cognitive computing and smart devices, find out how technological advances can help us save forests.
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International Day of Forests 2016: The Importance of Forests and Water

  • River

March 21st, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

Forests provide amazing benefits to the rest of the natural world, from absorbing carbon dioxide and outputting oxygen to improving soil quality and providing livelihoods for more than a billion people. During this day of the international celebration of forests, we focus on how forests clean, store and provide water.
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