Climate change promotes beech trees, which may prove to be dominant for the forest occupying the northeastern area of the United States. The news could be bad for the woodlands as well as the people working over there, says a team of researchers.
Scientists link the heavily growing forest of the beech trees to the precipitation and higher temperatures. The study lasted for 30 years has been disclosed in the Applied Ecology, a peer-reviewed Journal and it was the first study to zoom at these broad changes since a long period of time in the southeastern Canada and northeastern United States.
One of the leading author of the study, Dr. Aaron Weiskittel, who is an associate professor of modeling and forest biometrics at the University of Maine, said that the climate change could majorly negative ramify the forest ecosystems as well as the industries that are relied on the them.
With the help of US Forest Service data of the states of Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York from 1983 to 2014, the research team tracked the trends of climate change in forest composition. Dr. Weiskittel said in a statement that, “There’s no easy answer to this one. It has a lot of people scratching their heads.”
Weiskittel added that, “Future conditions seem to be favoring the beech, and managers are going to have to find a good solution to fix it. It’s important to realize that the species composition that we are used to, in terms of forest management, might be different in the future.”