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Climate and Society Will Determine the Future of Wildfire in the South

by Zoё Hoyle, SRS Science Communications

A new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators projects a four percent increase overall in acres burned by wildfire in the Southeast by 2060, but with substantial uncertainties and large variations by state and ecoregion, including a 34

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Posted in Climate Change, Economics & Policy, Fire, Threats

Our Dry, Warm Future may Favor Oaks

by Sarah Farmer, SRS Science Communications

Historically, many oak forests across the eastern U.S. experienced frequent low-intensity fires that promoted the establishment and growth of oaks. “However, fire and other disturbances have become less common,” says U.S. Forest Service scientist James Vose. “Red maple, tulip poplar,

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Posted in Climate Change, Fire, Threats, Upland Hardwoods

The Future of Fire in the South

by Zoё Hoyle, SRS Science Delivery Group

Fire is an integral part of the southern landscape. In the U.S., most of the focus is on the catastrophic fires that regularly sweep across the western states, but wildfires actually occur more frequently in the Southeast, where rapid vegetation growth and

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Posted in Climate Change, Fire, Threats
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