“It’s not only western forests where these things matter, where disturbances and changing environments shape regional landscapes,” says Wisconsin researcher Monica Turner.
A UW–Madison research group has documented an exodus of owls following the fierce, 99,000 acre King Fire in California in 2014.
UW Arboretum land care staff member Austin Pethan uses a drip torch as a 10-person staff manages a prescribed fire at Juniper Knoll on March 29. Fire is used as a wildland management tool to help control competing vegetation, reduce potential buildup of excess flammable materials, and perpetuate fire-dependent species.
UW researchers report that the range of the snowshoe hare in Wisconsin is creeping north by about five and a half miles per decade.
Researchers have found that human influence has accelerated the rate of species change in these prairies and likely in other natural places.