U.S. Forests And Trees

Flames from the Rim Fire consume trees on August 25, 2013 near Groveland, California.  - Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Flames from the Rim Fire consume trees on August 25, 2013 near Groveland, California.

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U.S. Forests And Trees

The trees in U.S. forests and cities are among our most precious resources. Join us to talk about efforts to manage threats posed by invasive species, climate change and forest fire patterns.

The emerald ash borer is a small insect doing a massive amount of damage. Tree experts say it will eventually kill nearly all of this country’s ash trees, and there’s not much that can be done to stop it. The devastation spread by the emerald ash borer is just one of many threats to the health and future of the nation’s trees and forests. Other kinds of insects, diseases, climate change and mismanaged fire areas are chief among the challenges. We discuss how our forests are changing and current efforts in forests and on city streets to secure the future of our trees.

Guests

Eric Rutkow

attorney and historian; author of "American Canopy."

Lydia Scott

community trees program manager, The Morton Arboretum

Tom Tidwell

chief, US Forest Service, USDA

Bill Toomey

director, forest health program, The Nature Conservancy

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