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Forest Health Experts Eye Hurricane Damage in North Carolina’s Coastal Forests

by Stephanie Worley Firley

For some residents of the North Carolina coast, the 2014 Independence Day weekend will be remembered not for fireworks and family cookouts, but for damage assessment and cleanup following the high winds and heavy rain that downed trees when Hurricane Arthur

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Posted in Southern Pines, Threats

Bold Moves Needed to Save North America’s Freshwater Mussels

by Zoё Hoyle, SRS Science Delivery Group

North America’s freshwater mussels are in grave danger of disappearing. Though there’s been progress in learning about freshwater mussel biology and effective techniques developed to propagate mussel species, conservation efforts should focus more directly on bold and aggressive habitat restoration,

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Posted in Bottomland Hardwoods, Fish & Wildlife, Forest Watersheds, Restoration, Threats

Interrrupting an Invasional Meltdown

by Zoё Hoyle, SRS Science Delivery Group

Earthworms have been described as “ecosystem engineers” because they can transform soil environments in ways – physical, chemical, and biological – that in turn lead to aboveground ecological changes. Most of the 8,000 species of the world’s earthworms stay in

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Posted in Bottomland Hardwoods, Forest Operations, Invasive Plants, Restoration, Threats