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Drought, beetles and fire in Colorado

Since 2004, southwestern Colorado's Englemann spruce forests have experienced a severe outbreak of spruce beetles (Dendroctonus rufipennis). Such outbreaks occur episodically, multiple times per century (Anderson et al. 2010). Early research in northern Colorado linked a... read more »

Tracking the historic Rim Fire

The 2013 Rim Fire burned over a quarter million acres of California's Sierra Nevada, including a portion of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park. It started in mid-August as an illegal campfire after an unusually dry winter and spring. A lower-than-... read more »

North Carolina coastal tree mortality associated with 2011 Hurricane Irene Dare County, NC ForWarn EFETAC

Coastal pocosins respond to hurricanes and fire

Coastal forests and shrublands can be vulnerable to climate-associated disturbances such as the strong winds and storm surges associated with hurricanes. Because of its extension into the Atlantic, eastern North Carolina is especially vulnerable to such storms, having... read more »

Hemlock death transforms Appalachian forests

Across the Southern Appalachians, Eastern Hemlock has long created an important ecological niche. As these trees are evergreen, they provide year-long cover for wildlife and they cool riparian areas where they tend to grow. Since the mid 2000s, these forests have been... read more »

Monitoring Gypsy Moth defoliation in near real time

By late 2012, forest health monitors in western New York and Pennsylvania knew that they were about to experience a severe outbreak of the non-native Gypsy Moth. Surveys showed an unusually high density of egg masses on the branches and trunks of trees, but neither egg... read more »

Hail devastates corn and soybean fields in Nebraska and Iowa during June of 2014 ForWarn EFETAC Steve Norman

Massive hailstorm destroys Midwestern crops

During the first week of June 2014, hail caused significant damage to corn and soybean fields in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. By June 9th, ForWarn's all-lands product was beginning to show the losses that these storms inflicted across multiple counties despite... read more »

The 2011 Springfield tornado. Image credit: Steve Norman, USFS

Tornado tears through Massachusetts

A severe tornado touched down near Springfield, Massachusetts on June 1, 2011, then carved a path through nearly 30 miles of state and private forest. The streak in red show an extreme reduction in growth compared to the prior year’s condition as of mid-June. Many of the... read more »

Spring defoliations emerge like measles during 2010; Image: Steve Norman, USFS.

Defoliation on the bayou

Spring often brings defoliating insects to the forests of Louisiana. In this image from early May 2010, defoliations from forest tent caterpillars and baldcypress leafrollers create an erupting "measles-like" pattern. Note the subtle differences in severity outward from... read more »

Dead pines from drought in Houston; Photo credit: Ron Billings, Texas Forest Service

Drought takes a toll on Texas trees

The forests of Texas continue to suffer through one of the most extreme droughts on record and a large number of trees have already died. The photo shows mortality in Memorial Park, Houston (Ron Billings, Texas Forest Service). By late August of 2011, the regional... read more »

The Great Smoky Mountains tornado

The April 27, 2011 tornado that hit Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee was a powerful EF4 storm (its direction is indicated by the black arrow). Wind storms are important natural disturbances for Southern Appalachian forests, and the ecological... read more »

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What is ForWarn?

ForWarn is a satellite-based forest disturbance monitoring system for the conterminous United States. It delivers new forest change products every eight days and provides tools for attributing abnormalities to insects, disease, wildfire, storms, human development or unusual weather. Archived data provide disturbance tracking across all lands since 2000. Interactive maps are accessible via the Forest Change Assessment Viewer. Read more about ForWarn here.

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09/01/2014 - 12:00

Click here to read an article in Compass Magazine featuring ForWarn and its use in assessment of...

05/12/2014 - 08:52

NASA's Spinoff, a premier annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technologies, includes ForWarn in its 2013 edition. See the full publication...