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February highlights from Ecological Society of America publications
Date:2/22/2013

dy plots yearly, distributed over 4.5 million-acres of the park, often hiking into remote locations, scrambling rocky slopes and wading mountain ponds to reach randomized plots and acquire data on patterns of tree species distribution across the rather large terrain variation in Denali. They predict that the iconic white spruce may expand higher up mountain slopes and into thawing tundra.

This paper will be featured in an interview with Carl Roland on ESA's podcast Field Talk, coming in early March. Read more about the science of Denali's changing landscape on the NPS Alaska Regional Office website.

Landscape-scale patterns in tree occupancy and abundance in subarctic Alaska. Carl Albert Roland, Joshua H. Schmidt, and E. Fleur Nicklen. Ecological Monographs 2013 83:1, 19-48.


Integrating urban renewal and watershed restoration

When you bring neighbors outdoors to work on a shared community problem, the project brings people together. It creates, as sociologists like to say, "social cohesion." People see that they have power over their environment that, as a group, they can influence access to city services. Like many older cities, Baltimore is coping with an aging sanitary sewer system. Ecologists, city planners, and social organizers saw an opportunity to simultaneously revitalize urban neighborhoods and urban watersheds by expanding green spaces. Investments in private yards and public parks and school yards could, they thought, diminish nitrogen and phosphorous runoff to Chesapeake Bay, improve storm-water management, and bolster quality of life in underserved, and economically disadvantaged city neighborhoods.

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