Posted September 07, 2018 08:01:13 In the past couple of decades, redwood trees have become so common in urban environments that the trees themselves have become the latest victims of invasive species.
Researchers at the University of Arizona and the University at Albany have conducted a study to look at the effect of urbanization on the survival of redwood species.
They conducted a detailed analysis of the trees in New York City, where the study took place.
“In New York, where redwoods dominate, they were actually less likely to survive than in the United States in general,” said Michael J. Hart, an associate professor of forestry at the UA and one of the study’s co-authors.
“We found that the rate of tree death decreased in areas that had higher densities of redwoods, such as the Bronx and Brooklyn.”
Researchers say the study, published in the journal Ecological Applications, has implications for future forest management.
In New York and elsewhere, tree mortality rates have increased, according to the researchers.
The research was funded by the National Science Foundation.
The study also found that more trees were surviving in the cities of Newark, Newark, Brooklyn and Staten Island than in New Jersey and California.
“These results are important for both public health and for the broader effort to reduce the environmental impacts of urban development,” Hart said.
“Redwood trees are a great example of the impact of development, particularly in urban areas, on the natural world.”
The researchers suggest that if you want to protect your home from an outbreak of an invasive species, you should plant a tree at least five feet tall in an area that is not home to a redwoods.
Redwood trees can grow to an average of 7 feet tall and have red bark that can reach up to 2 feet in diameter.
They can also grow to be as large as a house.
“The trees are so iconic in urban landscapes that people are reluctant to plant redwoods in places where they are not native,” Hart explained.
“This study gives us the opportunity to help us understand the impact that redwood forests have on natural environments, as well as the impact on biodiversity.”