A study by NASA climate scientists shows that as global temperatures climb, trees that favor cool, moist climates such as sugar maple, balsam fir, and Eastern white pine are likely to decline in number, while trees that don’t mind drier soil and hotter temperatures, such as American beech, shagbark hickory, and black cherry are likely to prosper. The study is based on surveys in wooded areas of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee (Great Smokey Mountains). In addition to the direct effect of heat, sensitive species are likely to set much less seed, which over time can influence survival of entire species.
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