Forest Files May 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
Burning Hot: The Evolution of Eastern and Western Fires
Fire season will soon be upon us. With much of the country experiencing droughts and dry winters, conditions are ripe for big blazes across the country. But why are some areas of the country more prone to fire? And why are eastern and western fires so different? It’s all about the forests.
Python-hunting Dogs to the Rescue
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but in Florida’s Everglades, they’re quickly becoming the allies of many other furry and feathered creatures. That’s because some specially trained Labradors are hunting the pythons that have been wreaking havoc on the Everglades’ mammal populations.
How Ice Shaped Our Forests
Woody forests have been on Earth for 385 million years. But over the last few million years, glaciers have played a major role in shaping our forests, pushing some to their limits and consuming others in an eternal seesaw provided by Mother Nature.
Renewing a Legacy at Arlington
Last fall, Hurricane Irene claimed Arlington National Cemetery’s historic post oak, affectionately known as Arlington Oak. The tree stood witness to two centuries of America’s history and helped shade the Kennedy gravesites. Last month, American Forests helped plant descendants of this famous tree at the Kennedy gravesites.
STANDING TALL: The Reigning Mega-trees
The 2012 spring edition of the National Register of Big Trees recognizes around 760 of the biggest trees in the country. But in the world of big trees, some trees are bigger than big: with more than 650 points, they’re mega.
“If you’re looking for mega-trees, the West Coast is the place to be. Only two mega-trees are found outside of California, Oregon and Washington: the co-champion common baldcypress in Louisiana and Mississippi.”