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  •  The decline in forests is alarming (5+ / 0-)

    if you are paying attention.  I've never seen so many fallen trees, dead trees standing, and diseased trees with split bark, fungus, canker.  That's in my central North Carolina forested suburb.  Drought is usually blamed (although we haven't been in drought for over a year) but much may be due to air pollution, particularly ozone levels, which weakens trees and leaves them susceptible to pests and disease.  Gail Zawacki writes about what's happening to trees in her blog "Wit's End,"  People in general seem very unaware of what's going on "outside."

    •  I live in the Eastern Panhandle of WV (1+ / 0-)
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      and the forest is declining at a rapid rate. I have nearly five acres to wander on and many more acres of neighbors land. The big older trees have split bark (one that fell was like a sponge inside), the native pines are invaded by beetles and die topdown, the sassafras trees only grow to a certain stage and then decline. The young trees that are dying is weird, you can just push them over. I am going to have to pay someone to cut up the felled trees near the house because I fear fire. We have already had fire danger days with extreme low humidity and high winds after wondering if it is ever going to stop snowing and raining. We do have air pollution even here in the hills because of the I-81 and I-70, but I think if we experience heat in the DC area that melts the tarmac at Reagan and warps the Metro rails, then that cannot be good for trees. Maybe Kos should republish the dairies about how photosynthesis stops at 104 F.

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