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Cedar Waxing or Waning? The Potential to Save Yellow-Cedar Trees Using Adaptive Management

This article is from Issue Scientific Models in Adaptive Management - Vol. 17 No. 1.

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As the climate changes, the tree species living in a forest may also change. This change means that some trees species may die and new species may move into the area. Scientists find it difficult to know for sure whether tree movement and tree death result from a changing climate. Other factors, not related to climate, may also cause a forest’s tree species to change. The cause of yellow-cedar death was unknown for many years. The scientists in this study spent 20 years discovering the probable cause of yellow-cedar death. 

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Specific "Thinking About Science" Themes:
  • Characteristics of Scientists
  • Scientific Topics
  • The Scientific Process
  • Uses and Benefits of Science

Specific "Thinking About the Environment" Themes:
  • Adaptation
  • Change
  • Climate Change
  • Ecosystems
  • Forest Community
  • Human impact on natural resources
  • Importance of Forests
  • Natural Processes
  • Tree Movement
  • Trees
  • Value of natural environments

NSE Standards covered in this article:
  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (A)
  • Diversity and adaptations of organisms (C)
  • Nature of science (G)
  • Populations and ecosystems (C)
  • Regulation and behavior (C)
  • Risks and benefits (F)
  • Science as a human endeavor (G)
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry (A)