National Climate Assessment poem, Midwest edition, #2: Forest Disruptions

forest imageKey Message 2 for the Midwest, “Forest Composition,” from the third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, 2014 (first post):

The composition of the region’s forests

Is expected to change

As rising temperatures drive habitats for many tree species northward.

The role of the region’s forests as a net absorber of carbon

Is at risk from disruptions to forest ecosystems,

In part due to climate change.

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