EWF Blog



Charred Forests, Melting Snow


by Susan Laszewski
Credit: fortherock/FlickrYou know how when it’s really hot out, you’re better off leaving the black shirt in the closet and going for something lighter? Well, according to new research, forests are having a similar issue. A study, conducted by Oregon State University researchers, funded by the National Science Foundation and published in Geophysical Research Letters, found that snowpack melts faster in forests which have been charred by wildfire. The researchers e... (Read More)



Fire in the Rockies


by Loose Leaf Team
The 153rd Airlift Wing from Cheyenne, Wyo., use a modular air firefighting system-equipped C-130 Hercules aircraft in support of the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 27, 2012.By Michelle Werts “Euro-American settlement and the 20th-century fire suppression practices drastically altered historic fire regimes, leading to excessive fuel accumulation and uncharacteristically severe wildfires in some areas and diminished flammability resulting from shifts to more fire-sensitive forest species in others,” writes retired forester Kevin C. Ryan, et al, in the August online edition of Frontiers in Ecology and the Envi... (Read More)



From Tragedy to Beauty


by Loose Leaf Team
A custom sliding barn door made by Wood From the Hood from reclaimed wood felled by a North Minneapolis tornadoBy Michelle Werts Trees don’t live forever. It’s a shocking statement, I know, but beyond old age, trees combat destructive forces on a daily basis: insect, disease, development and weather. All of these things can create devastating losses or damage to trees, but some people are turning these negatives into positives — artistic positives. As reported by WCCO CBS 4 in Minnesota, a June thunderstorm toppled 3,000 trees in Minnea... (Read More)



Are Beetles Fanning Western Wildfires?


by Loose Leaf Team
Members of the U.S. Army fight the Black Forest Fire in ColoradoBy Michelle Werts The last two wildfire seasons have been devastating to Coloradans. Lives have been lost, and homes and communities destroyed. Last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire caused more than $450 million in damages, destroying 347 homes in the Colorado Springs area and killing two people. This year’s recently contained Black Forest Fire is starkly similar: almost $300 million in insurance claims filed already, more than 500 homes destroy... (Read More)



Conifers Under Threat


by Susan Laszewski
Whitebark pines. Creid: Bjorn/Flickr The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports that the latest update to their Red List — a database in which the world’s species are classified according to threat level — includes the first global reassessment of conifers. In addition to the shelter and food they provide for wildlife, conifers play an important role globally by sequestering carbon. Coniferous forests take three times more carbon out of the ai... (Read More)