Skip to Main Content
Climate Change and the Nation's Forests: Challenges and OpportunitiesAuthor(s): Dale Bosworth; Richard Birdsey; Linda Joyce; Constance Millar
Source: Journal of Forestry 106(4):214-221
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
PDF: Download Publication (1.15 MB)
DescriptionClimate change is already affecting America's forests. The fires of 2000 shocked the Nation, the fires of 2006 burned an area greater than in any year since 1954, and the 2007 fires in southern California forced the evacuation of more than a million residents. Some of the largest individual fires ever recorded in the Western United States and Alaska occurred in the first 5 years of the 21st century. Scientists have linked growing fire season severity with warming temperatures and earlier snowmelt (Westerling et al. 2006). Higher temperatures and drought also are blamed for unprecedented bark beetle outbreaks and tree mortality across the West (Breshears et al. 2005, Logan and Powell 2005). However, forest productivity is increasing in some temperate areas because of warmer temperatures, a longer growing season, and the "fertilizer effect" of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (Nemani et al. 2003).
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
- Please contact Sharon Hobrla, email@example.com if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationBosworth, Dale; Birdsey, Richard; Joyce, Linda; Millar, Constance. 2008. Climate Change and the Nation''s Forests: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Forestry 106(4):214-221
Keywordsclimate change, carbon, US Forest Service
- Editorial. Introduction to the regional assessments: Climate change, wildfire, and forest ecosystem services in the USA
- Modeling future plant distributions on the Colorado Plateau: An example using Pinus edulis
- The Evolving Role of Forest Inventory and Analysis Data in Invasive Insect Research
XML: View XML