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Forest health on one coast can affect forests on the other coast

Forest health on one coast can affect forests on the other coast

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May 16 (UPI) -- Shrinking forests don't just have local or regional consequences. New research suggests the loss of forests on one coast can affect forest health on the opposite coast. In a new study, published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters, scientists at the University of Washington detailed the linked fates of forests on the East and West coasts of the United States. Die-offs on one coast, whether caused by wildfire, drought or disease -- or some combination thereof -- can have a measurable impact on the health of sections of forest a few thousand miles away. "These smaller areas of forest can have continental-scale impacts, and we really need to be considering this when we're thinking about ecological changes," Abigail Swann, an assistant professor of atmosph...