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News - September 2021

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 2:41pm
Illustrated book de-mystifies science, best practices for an important part of prescribed burns   Prescribed burns are an essential part of forest management, but the main byproduct—smoke—often gives people pause. Now, a new guidebook focused specifically on smoke management can help landowners and land managers across the Southeast. Co-written by Holly Campbell, public service assistant at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry…
Tue, 09/07/2021 - 12:54pm
Four-year grant connects marsh health with local economics and environmental impact   The forces at work in a marsh require a delicate balancing act. Rising and falling tidewaters keep clumps of Spartina grasses from growing too dense. But too much water makes it difficult for them to survive. Tip this balance too far in either direction and the marsh ecosystem collapses, resulting in a population of different plants—or no plants at all. We…
Thu, 09/16/2021 - 2:35pm
You can learn a lot about animals by simply watching them. But some secrets can only be revealed in the dark. With an ultraviolet flashlight. This happens to be the case for pocket gophers, a small, rodent species that lives underground in sandy soil. A new paper by University of Georgia researchers finds that these feisty, solitary, round-cheeked animals have a special skill that’s only revealed under ultraviolet light: They are biofluorescent…
Mon, 09/20/2021 - 2:45pm
New study finds gaps in programs that connect women with their land   It’s a story Warnell student Jacqueline Miner hears again and again: Women come to own forestland through a family member but don’t know what to do with it. Selling the land is one option, but they know it might not be the best one—keeping forests as forests is a more sustainable solution. But because women often aren’t included in conversations about forestland management,…

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