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“Bourbon demand putting pressure on white oak population”

BNN.ca had an interesting story earlier this week about increases in bourbon production in Kentucky and the negative impacts on the population of white oak trees.  By law, bourbon is produced by aging for at least two years in new charred white oak barrels, and the demand for bourbon is so strong that foresters are starting to be concerned about the impact on white oak populations in some parts of the country.  Changing climate could also affect where the white oak forests migrate in the future, which could affect production of bourbon.  You can watch the story at http://www.bnn.ca/video/bourbon-demand-putting-pressure-on-white-oak-population~916518.

Source: John Haslam, Commons Wikimedia

Source: John Haslam, Commons Wikimedia