Forests

Deer Hunting and Forest Health

Lecture Video

Presentation by Raymond Winchcombe for a land stewardship management forum hosted at Cary on April 12, 2014.

From Forests to Farms, and Back Again: Land Use Change in the Hudson Valley

Lecture Video

Presentation by Charles Canham for a land stewardship management forum hosted at Cary on April 12, 2014.

Lovett leads forest policy initiative

Invasive pests and pathogens threaten the health of Northeastern forests. Cary Institute ecologist Gary Lovett has spent his career investigating the impact that species like the hemlock woolly adelgid and beech bark disease have on Catskill Mountain ecosystems.

On the beech

In Ballard Park in Ridgefield, there are some lovely, thick-trunked, big-canopied beech trees, perfect for providing shade on a summer's day. They are old trees and despite their beauty, they're not healthy. They have beech bark disease.

Let’s talk about ammonia

Podcast

Most of us are familiar with ammonia as an irritating gas that is emitted from window-cleaning fluids. It is a great way to cut through grease that has condensed on glass.

Trees and lawn victims of Asian worm invasion

The Register-Star reports on one woman's experience of the destructive effect of an invasive earthworm on the health of her surrounding forest.

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature

Lecture Video

Biologist and award-winning author David Haskell spent a year observing a single square meter of old-growth Tennessee forest.

Predicting the forest of the future

Podcast

We hear a lot about how climate change will affect forests. Some projections show wholesale loss of species in the western U.S., due to fire and pests.

Trees are good for human health

Podcast

Many of us have experienced a restorative walk in the woods. But does associating with trees really make us any healthier? After investigating the loss of some 100 million ash trees in the Eastern and Midwestern United States, Forest Service researcher Geoffrey Donovan and his colleagues suspect that the answer is yes.

The future of woodland pools

Podcast

Woodland pools are temporary wetlands that provide important habitat to forest wildlife. They also help mitigate floods. While land development is a major threat to woodland pools, there are also subtle changes that undermine their health.

Decreased water flow may be trade-off for more productive forest

Bubbling brooks and streams are a scenic and much loved feature of forest ecosystems, but long-term data at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest suggests that more productive forests might carry considerably less water.

Forests of the Future

Lecture Video

Harvard botanist Dr. Peter Del Tredici discusses how northeastern forests are being shaped by urbanization, invasive species, acid rain, and climate change.

Bad news for maple syrup and moose

Podcast

Following an exhaustive review of more than fifty years of long term data on environmental conditions at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the results are clear: spring is advancing and fall is retreating.

Forest reveals climate change's surprising damage

Long-term research on the impacts of climate change can give us insight on how certain environments will respond to warming temperatures. Poughkeepsie Journal reports on Cary research.

Indirect effects of climate change could alter landscapes

Researchers are recognizing the importance of understanding the effects of climate change on a local scale.

Maple syrup, moose, and the local impacts of climate change

Millbrook, N.Y. -- In the northern hardwood forest, climate change is poised to reduce the viability of the maple syrup industry, spread wildlife diseases and tree pests, and change timber resources.

What's Bugging Our Forests?

Lecture Video

Cary Institute’s Gary Lovett discusses how several invasive species are ravaging regional forests.

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We all know about rain forests. Now we are learning about fog forests

Podcast

There's a desert in north-central Chile that receives less than six inches of rain a year. Right in the middle of it is a lush mountain forest that is dense with trees, bromeliads, ferns, and mosses.

Invasive pests threaten our northern forests

“Catastrophic loss of tree species and a huge taxpayer burden—where's the sense in this?”

Untangling climate impacts on forests

In assessing a major drop in nitrate loss from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, it was revealed that past disturbances, such as logging, must be included. 

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In forests, past disturbances obscure warming impacts

Millbrook, NY – Past disturbances, such as logging, can obscure the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems.

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Collective carelessness has led to loss of many species

Once there were big stands of hemlocks in the ravines and on the steep creek-banks. Their shade was so deep that hardly any underbrush could survive, so the ground was clear between their big trunks.

Turning forests into fuel: Report outlines promise and limits of biomass energy in the Northeast

Forest biomass could replace as much as one quarter of the liquid fossil fuel now being used for industrial and commercial heating in the Northeastern United States.

Biomass energy option may be small

Standing timber in the northeastern United States has waxed and waned according to society's evolving needs.

National action needed to save forests

On a glorious day several weekends ago, my wife and I hiked up Panther Mountain in the Catskills.

Turning forests into fuel

Our forests provide a wide range of ecological, economic, and aesthetic benefits.

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Fire factor fading

A fire in Minnewaska State Park, which burned more than 3,000 acres, is a reminder of how difficult it can be to control wildfires.

Forest change offers insight

While walking through the woods in the Hudson Valley, it is common to stumble upon the remnants of stone walls. Now mossy and overgrown, they date back to a time when agriculture dominated the landscape.

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