Northern forests struggle to adapt to climate change

A view of an overgrown forest.
Derek Montgomery for MPR News

Warmer temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns are causing a decline in the growth and survival rates of trees in Northern Minnesota, particularly spruce and fir.

Peter Reich with the University of Michigan tracks the effects of climate change on northern forests around the globe. He discussed the future of forests — including strategies for managing the Minnesota Northwoods — with Climate Cast host Paul Huttner.

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