Yellow-cedar, meet red cedar

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It’s very wet on Prince of Wales Island.

Yellow-cedar, a prominent tree species along the coastal margin (ranging from California to Alaska) is dying, in some places rapidly.  About 8% of the current range is currently affected, and in places where the mortality hits, generally about 70% of the basal area dies.  Basal area is a measure of how much area the trunks (stems) cover near the ground. This mortality is directly related to a warming climate, as it is related to low snow coverage and subsequent root freezing in cold snaps. Continue reading “Yellow-cedar, meet red cedar”