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The Birds and the Trees: Managing the Urban Forest for Wildlife

by Dr. Susannah Lerman 

Trees and shrubs provide ecosystem services and societal benefits in urban and suburban environments. They also provide vital habitat for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. A new tool correlates habitat requirements for songbirds, evaluates the bird habitat potential at ecoregion scales, and can guide habitat improvement plans.

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Managing Forests as a Natural Climate Solution: Understanding the Contributions of Heterogeneous Landscapes

by Ian A. Smith and Lucy R. Hutyra Constraining the global average temperature rise to below the targeted 2°C (3.6°F) will require both a reduction in greenhouse gas emission rates and natural climate solutions through land stewardship practices that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere (1). Forest management is at the heart of many natural…

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Urban Trees

A Pathway to Meeting Forest Sustainability Goals and a Vehicle To Get You There by Laurence Wiseman A few weeks ago, government officials from nearly 100 nations met to discuss progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It’s fair to assume that most who attended the meeting were both committed, and professionally competent. Ordinarily, you’d…

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Native Conifers Dominate Our Winter Forests

story and photos by Rob Zimmer Printed with permission by the Wild Ones Journal and Rob Zimmer Nature provides stunning seasonal beauty with the many species of conifers that call North America home. They thrive in just about every habitat, and make exceptional landscape choices for those who wish to bring nature home, especially for…

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Nutritious acorns are an important food source [in winter] for birds and mammals, including the threatened Western gray squirrel. 

Prairie-Oak Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest

by Eileen Stark

Plants, the primary producers on this planet, belong to irreplaceable, intricate ancient ecosystems, within which they support and depend on other species – both flora and fauna – to survive. I like to think of it as an everlasting give and take. These systems are so complex that even minor degradation messes with their function, and when we completely destroy them it’s next to impossible to bring them back. Yet it’s crucial that we try.

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Urban Tree Selection in a Changing Climate

by Bert Cregg and Dana Ellison Michigan State University, Department of Horticulture and Department of Forestry Current climate projections indicate that mean global temperatures will increase 1-2oC (2-4oF) by 2050 and increase an additional 1-3oC (2-5oF) by the end of the century (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] 2007). In the Great Lakes region, summer…

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