Find out the latest in forest news in this week’s Forest Digest!
- May the Fourth be With You — National Geographic
New species of tiny ‘Forest Goblins’ have been found in Indonesia, and they look surprisingly like Yoda. Tarsius spectrumgurskyae are night dwelling primates that live in the dwindling forests of Sulawesi. Tarsiers are known for their distinctive mating calls and massive eyes — each eye is as big as their brains — and for their owl-like head-swiveling abilities
- Global warming is reshaping the world’s forests — Deutsche Welle
Trees are migrating — albeit slowly — to adapt to changing temperatures. In Canada, insect infestations are exponentially increasing, deforesting entire regions while they are at it. Swiss forests have been shown to be more susceptible to fire. What’s next?
- How scientists made better ‘bio oil’ from trees killed by beetles — Futurity.org
In this New York Times article, learn about a unique plant species that blankets forest floors– the wood anemone. Wood anemone grow in dense, circular colonies reaching up to 12 feet in diameter and can contain hundreds of individual stems.
- A new kind of street tree grows in Newton — Boston Globe
Newton, a suburb of Boston, once sported as many as 40,000 urban trees in its canopy. Since then, climate change, invasive species, disease, pollution and salt have reduced that to less than half of its original number. The city has decided not to go down without a fight, however, and is coming back with a comprehensive plan to reforest their city — for now and for the future.
- The technology behind growing trees — The News-Review (Oregon)
The forestry industry is bringing advanced technology to the practice of growing trees. Read about how nursery improvements, genetic testing, seedling viability, aerial drones, radar experiments and more are reshaping the face of forests, maximizing positive environmental impact.