Researchers Study New Path to Save Eastern Hemlocks

Researchers Study New Path to Save Eastern Hemlocks

KINGSTON, R.I. — So distinctly dark and quiet is an eastern hemlock forest that walking through a healthy stand has been described as finding oneself in a “cathedral-like atmosphere.” This native North American conifer is shade tolerant, and as it grows it keeps its needles on lower branches. This unique feature of hemlock trees creates a densely shaded forest floor where few other plant species can survive.

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Block Island Project Finds Route of Falcon Migration

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. — During the peak of this year’s fall raptor migration season, scientists from the Biodiversity Research Institute in Maine completed a five-year effort to monitor the movement of falcons on offshore islands along the East Coast. Much of their effort was focused on Block Island, which the researchers say is among the most important stop-over sites for migrating falcons.

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Work Begins to Rebuild Degraded Sapowet Marsh

Work Begins to Rebuild Degraded Sapowet Marsh

TIVERTON, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently began work on an improvement project at the Sapowet Marsh Wildlife Management Area. The project, slated for completion in spring 2017, supports efforts to restore a degraded coastal habitat and strengthen the state’s resilience against climate change, according to state officials.

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