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E&S staff prepared a report documenting net greenhouse gas emissions associated with forest, agricultural, and wetland systems of New York State. Results will be used by NYSERDA and other state agencies within a decarbonization project across all emission sectors of New York State.

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E&S staff developed a comprehensive assessment of the expected risk to various biological endpoints within all National Forests and wilderness areas of the Intermountain Region. Risk was characterized with critical loads of atmospheric N deposition to protect against species levels of effects on aquatic biota, lichen communities, and individual tree species. Substantial portions of the …

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E&S led research describing a modeling study focused on sustainable timber harvesting within the Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF) has been completed. The VSD+ model was used to evaluate the effects of timber harvesting and historical impacts from acidic deposition on soil nutrient supply at two sites. Results showed that ridgetop locations, and likely other …

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A scientific manuscript prepared by E&S staff and colleagues from the State University of New York, Syracuse and the U.S. Geological Survey was recently accepted by the journal Plant and Soil. This publication is titled “Plant Richness and Composition in Hardwood Forest Understories Varies Along an Acidic Deposition and Soil-Chemical Gradient in the Northeastern United …

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Brook Trout

A scientific journal article written by E&S staff and colleagues at the U.S. Geological Survey and Syracuse University has recently been accepted for publication by the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. The paper, “Probabilistic relations between acid-base chemistry and fish assemblages in streams of the western Adirondack Mountains, New York, USA” (Baldigo et …

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Stream in West Virginia

E&S recently updated the Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) system previously developed for the U.S. Forest Service (FS) by E&S and FS staff. Results of model scenarios showed that many southern Appalachian Mountain streams exhibited modest recovery of acid neutralizing capacity (ANC), but soil base saturation is not expected to recover to levels approaching pre-industrial …

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NADP 2018 Conference

E&S scientists Todd McDonnell and Timothy Sullivan will attend the fall 2018 conference of the National Acid Deposition Program (NADP) in Albany, NY in early November. Drs. McDonnell and Sullivan are heavily involved in activities of the NADP Critical Loads Science Committee that synthesizes and projects effects of atmospheric sulfur and nitrogen air pollution¬† on …

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The journal Environmental Science & Policy just published an article titled “Air Pollution Success Stories in the United States: The Value of Long-Term Observations“.¬† The article is authored by the president of E&S, Dr. Sullivan, together with ten of the leading experts on air pollution and its effects in North America.

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E&S research focused on biodiversity at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in NH, Shenandoah NP in VA, and Great Smoky Mountains NP in TN has been published in the journal Environmental Pollution. Two model chains, VSD+PROPS and ForSAFE-Veg, were used to evaluate effects of future climatic and atmospheric nitrogen deposition conditions on understory vegetation and to …

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  E&S recently completed another year of water quality monitoring on the Klamath River system in Oregon and California to track changes in cynobacteria, nutrients, and other water quality parameters. Samples are collected bi-monthly to monthly from multiple river and reservoir locations.

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