Yellow Cedar Research focus of national articles
The articles discuss the unique natural history of the Alaskan yellow cedar, a tree species facing massive mortality as a result of climate warming in Southeast Alaska. While it is dying across hundreds of thousands of hectares, it is also expanding slowly around Juneau. Buma’s work is funded in part by an EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate competitive Research) grant from the National Science Foundation. Buma also works with the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center on various projects and proposals including one in the town of Kake, Alaska, looking at how small mill operators utilize dead yellow cedar, the economic implications, and the impacts on the environment.
The articles focus on forest dynamics in change in Alaska, at both the local and regional scales using satellite imagery and GIS. The purpose is to understand how climate change and people are forcing the forest to evolve and change. The two pieces discuss the unique attributes of yellow cedar as well as ongoing efforts to determine the best course of action to help the species.
The articles are: John Krapek and Brian Buma 2015. “Yellow-cedar: climate change and natural history at odds.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13: 280–281.
“Is this climate change-battered conifer migrating northward?” High Country News