Beech trees are booming in northeastern U.S. due to climate change and scientists warned this is not a good thing.
According to a report based on the 30-year study of the growth patterns of trees in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada, beech trees are booming because of climate change. The report was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology on Monday by the Aaron Weiskittel and colleagues from the University of Maine and Purdue University.
Climate change is disturbing the environment and will cause problems such as the negative impact on humanity, economic losses, health risks and more.
Beech trees grow very tall and have a smooth, grey-blue bark but they are but they have less commercial value as compared to other species of birch.
Weiskittel and colleagues analyzed data collected by the U.S. Forest Service between 1983 and 2014 in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, and they found an increased change in the proportion of the trees but species that include the red maple, sugar maple and birch decreased.
The researchers also said that they discovered the dominance of the tree in some of the main tourist areas including the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Adirondack Mountains of New York, and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Researchers added in their study, “Climate-associated changes in forest composition have been widely reported, particularly where changes in abiotic conditions have resulted in high mortality of sensitive species and have disproportionately favored certain species better adapted to these newer conditions.”