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Fire suppression regimens increase risks to Eastern US forests

Researchers at Penn State University have determined that 0verprotecting forests from fire has decreased the drought resistance of Eastern forests and made them more susceptible to fires. Over 150 years of fire suppression, drought-sensitive species like maple and birch, have become more prominent, and fire-adaped, drought-tolerant species like oak, hickory, and pine have declined. These changes make them vulnerable to climate-related drought.

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