Ghost Forest in North Carolina’s marshy Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula. Image: Landsat 8, NASA, November 25, 2019.

Climate Change and the Expansion of Ghost Forests

Elizabeth Borneman

Along the geography of the East Coast of the United States, large swathes of forest are declining at increasing rates.

A diagram showing areas of the world covered in forests and a graph using tree symbols to show which countries have the highest amount of forests.

Climate Change is Shrinking Forests in North America

Caitlin Dempsey

The impact of climate change is reducing the amount of habitat where the trees of North America can thrive.

Douglas fir forest on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, McKenzie Pass, Willamette National Forest. Photo: David Goodrich, NOAA. Public domain.

Rapid Growth Shortens Trees’ Lifespans – and Adds to the Climate Crisis

Katarina Samurović

Researchers have found that trees growing faster due to warming conditions are also dying faster.

Crown shyness in trees. Gaps between the tree canopies on Fire Island. Photo: NPS, public domain.

Crown Shyness: When Trees Need Personal Space

Caitlin Dempsey

Crown shyness is a phenomenon where the outstretched branches of one tree don't touch neighboring tree branches.

Giant Sequoia Forest Earns Protected Status

Elizabeth Borneman

A privately owned forest comprised of giant sequoia trees has recently earned protected status, thanks to a long-term effort by California’s Save the Redwoods League.