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January 29, 2014

Warming, drought bad for Douglas firs: study

  • Douglas firs are a keystone species, valuable both economically and ecologically.
  • SPOKANE (AP) — A new study has warned that a fungus that devours the roots of Douglas fir trees in the Northwest could become a bigger killer as the climate changes.

    Laminated root rot occurs from Montana to the Pacific Ocean and already costs the timber industry millions of dollars each year.

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