Go west, young pine: Forests shift with climate change

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The Associated Press writes: 

A warmer, wetter climate is helping push dozens of eastern U.S. trees to the north and, surprisingly, west, a new study finds.

The eastern white pine is going west, more than 80 miles since the early 1980s. The eastern cottonwood has been heading 77 miles north, according to the research based on about three decades of forest data.

The northward shift to get to cooler weather was expected, but lead author Songlin Fei of Purdue University and several outside experts were surprised by the move to the west, which was larger and in a majority of the species.

And they pretend that we’ve never been here before. 

Not far from here, in Elk River, Idaho, is the largest tree in North America east of the Cascades. It’s 3000 years old, and grew when the climate was much warmer in the USA than it is today. 

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2 thoughts on “Go west, young pine: Forests shift with climate change

    • Of course the climate is changing. It has changed for millennia.

      My point is that it was once warmer in Idaho than what it is today. And it wasn’t due to soccer moms driving SUVs.

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