2011-11-03

The forests of the future climate

Oregon State University has released a new study that says climate change, insect attacks, diseases and fire are causing huge migration of trees across the West.

Researchers looked at how 15 species of conifer trees are already migrating, and they predict what the forests of the future climate will look like.

“The forests of our future are going to look quite different,” said Richard Waring, professor emeritus at OSU and lead author of the study. “We can’t predict exactly which tree (species) will die or which one will take its place, but we can see the long-term trends and probabilities.”