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Tree species migrate in global warming, but not fast enough in Klamaths

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It just stands to reason that creatures comfortable at certain latitudes and altitudes will migrate higher as the planet warms.

That's relatively easy for animals, much less so for plants. And recent research by Cal Poly-Humboldt , the University of Wyoming, and the US Forest Service shows that trees in the Klamath Mountains of our region are indeed inching uphill.

But they are not moving fast enough to stay ahead of climate change. We get a debrief on the research from Erik Jules at Cal Poly-Humboldt and Melissa DeSiervo, now at the University of Wyoming.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Nash Bennett is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.