Trees Can’t Relocate...

Trees Can’t Relocate...

Trees can’t relocate—maybe they need a helping hand. A variation on the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” theme: As climate change thwarts the growth of trees used to a colder climate, some trees that thrive in milder climates are being planted in northern states.

 

Trees can’t relocate—maybe they need a helping hand. A variation on the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” theme: As climate change thwarts the growth of trees used to a colder climate, some trees that thrive in milder climates are being planted in northern states. The hope is that they'll form a forest by the time they mature. Not the forest of your grandparents, but the forest of the future.

https://knowablemagazine.org/content/article/food-environment/2024/forest-assisted-migration-climate-change?ck_subscriber_id=2496843989&utm_source=convertkit&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NASA’s%20new%20satellite%20delivers%20“stunning%20images”%20-%2013626227

And it’s not just trees that are affected. Cold-weather veggies and flowers will be better off further north than they are now. According to a PBS News Hour episode on April 7, “the coldest days of winter in our current climate, based on temperature records from 1991 through 2020 are 5 degrees F (2.8 C) warmer than they were between 1976 and 2005.” https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/climate-change-is-shifting-plant-growth-zones-heres-what-to-know-for-your-garden-this-year?utm_source=BotanyOne&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the-week-in-botany-april-15-2024