05 Feb '12, 1pm

Yellow Cedar Die-off in Alaska Linked to Global Warming

Yellow Cedar Die-off in Alaska Linked to Global Warming

For the past hundred years, the only name for the plague killing off economically valuable yellow-cedars has been "yellow-cedar decline ." The die-off has affected about 60 to 70 percent of the yellow-cedars in forests covering 600,000 acres (240,000 hectares) of the North Pacific Coastal Rainforest in Alaska and neighboring British Columbia. Yellow-cedars grow slowly, many reaching ages between 700 and 1200 years old. The wood of the yellow-cedar serves Native Alaskans for crafting goods such as paddles, masks, and dishes. With a straight grain, durability and insect-resistance, yellow-cedar wood also sells into the home and boat building markets. Scientists and foresters of the Alaska Region of the Forest Service needed to understand the cause of the die-off in order to plan a conservation strategy. A paper published in the current issue of BioScience sheds light on the ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/yellow-cedar-die...

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