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Feb 13, 2017 11:37 AM

Not all trees were hit hard during 2016 New England drought, UNH research says


DURHAM — Preliminary research from the University of New Hampshire showed that certain tree species were able to continue taking up water at the peak of the New England drought in 2016.

According to the University of New Hampshire, the research aimed to understand the impacts of drought on NH forests, as well as the potential impacts of providing ecosystem services to NH communities, including water resources, timber production, maple syrup, flood mitigation, and recreational opportunities.

The research found that the red oak was able to continue photosynthesizing during the drought.

The preliminary results of the research will be presented at the NH Agricultural Experiment Station education session “Thirsty Trees: How the 2016 Drought Impacted New Hampshire’s Forests” at the 2017 NH Farm and Forest Exposition.

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