How Global warming will Affect our Forests.

Global warming will shift habitat lines causing certain species to die out such as ones that live on mountain tops that won’t be able to  increase their altitude. It will also leave some areas more prone to drought making hard for trees to produce their protective sap to keep infestations of bugs out; in addition to making the area more prone to wildfires.

It is believed that the easy access to carbon may in fact cause the plants to grow quicker and healthier if planted in areas with large amounts of water in nutrient rich soil. This will disrupt the distribution of species.

I think this article brings up some good points and uses good sources, it contains a lot of graphs and charts and is worth reading. It talks about other forest disturbances such as storms and bug infestations.

Source:  EPA

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Scotch Broom

Things to know: Scotch broom is labeled as B class noxious weed in Washington state. Is a perennial shrub with many branches, it is 3 to 4 feet high and had flowers the entire length of the branches with very few leaves. And it looks similar to Spanish broom and French broom, 2 A class weeds, and Gorse, a B class weed. The plant spreads by seed in disturbed areas where they can last almost 30 years. The plant is toxic to livestock.

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