From the USDA, an article about the effects of climate change in New England:
Both the Associated Press and the Washington Post have articles about how road salt is affecting our rivers, streams, and brooks:
From the US Forest Service:
Scientists find a native fungus capable of destroying invasive Ailanthus while preserving native species.
“…research by Nick Haddad, a conservation biologist at the University of Michigan’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, has demonstrated substantial improvements in biodiversity from corridors as little as 25 yards in width, well within the range, he says, of “what’s reasonable in urban landscapes.” ”
Natural environments, including green spaces, may have beneficial impacts on brain development:
Via Environmental Health Perspective
WORCESTER – The Greater Worcester Land Trust received its first gift of property near the Holden line on Dec. 6, 1995. Twenty-two years to the day, it bought the property across the street, securing a key connection linking 918 acres of the Four Town Greenway all the way up to Holden.
“Before (this property acquisition) there was 918 acres separated into two chunks,” said Colin Novick, executive director of the Greater Worcester Land Trust. “This puts the two chunks together.”
This article from UConn Today talks about the value of passive reforestation. GWLT practices passive reforestation on its properties, but with an eye toward culling non-native invasive species, and occasional selective culling to help point our future forests in a direction.
If you needed extra incentive to get out on our trails, here’s an interesting article from Health Science about the health benefits of hiking:
From WBUR, an article by Steve LeBlanc of The Associated Press that shows how imperative it is to preserve open space :
New England Is Losing 65 Acres Of Forestland Per Day, Report Finds
If you’d like to help the Greater Worcester area’s natural infrastructure, don’t forget to become a member!