2012-05-13. Global warming threatens pine forests, forcing federal officials to shift strategy

posted May 23, 2012, 12:09 PM by Lisa Ou   [ updated May 23, 2012, 12:13 PM ]
 | by Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post. An article relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: The Forest Service…explains how federal researchers are working to curb a beetle epidemic in an effort to save high-elevation pine forests. Scientists know that global warming will reshape these forests, which provide crucial habitat and food for key species, curb soil erosion and slow melting snow destined for local water supplies. What they don’t yet understand is which trees are best poised to survive under these changed conditions and how they can help them adapt in the decades to come.... Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/global-warming-threatens-pine-forests-forcing-federal-officials-to-shift-strategy/2012/05/13/gIQAEHVXNU_story.html