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Changes in water yield from forests and forest productivity over time

USDA’s Southern Region Station posted an article recently describing changes that are likely to occur in water yield and forest productivity in a warmer climate.  You can read it at http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/compass/2016/07/26/watersheds-of-the-future-could-mirror-a-variable-climate/.  While large changes in water yield from forests are expected in parts of the US, especially in the West, the Southeast shows relatively small changes compared to other areas.  However, temperatures are expected to increase throughout the country over time, and that will increase stress on trees.  In addition, increases in population could put more demand on the water that is produced from the forests.  Changes in land use could also affect local water supplies.

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