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Rediscovering the yellow poplar – advantages of yellow poplar as construction material

Rediscovering the yellow poplar – advantages of yellow poplar as construction material – includes related article Deborah A. Boerner-Ein It’s not easy to choose a favorite tree, but if I had to, I’d pick the yellow poplar. My first acquaintance with one of these trees, also know as tulip poplar or tuliptree, was at my […]

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Bye-bye melaleuca? – Clippings – controlling invasive species

Bye-bye melaleuca? – Clippings – controlling invasive species – Brief Article Frank Thomas Melaleuca, introduced to help rid south Florida of excess water but deemed a threat when it worked too well, appears to be on its way out. The species was brought from Australia in the early 1900s to help soak up excess water […]

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How to choose & use brushcutters – woodlot thinning

How to choose & use brushcutters – woodlot thinning – includes related information Kenneth R. Boness How To Choose & Use Managing undesirable vegetation may seem a never-ending task if you’re a homeowner, grounds-keeper, woodlot owner, or forester. But if you’ve never enlisted the aid of a brushcutter, or haven’t tried one for a while, […]

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Trouble With Tree Ordinances? – online tree ordinance information

Trouble With Tree Ordinances? – online tree ordinance information – Brief Article A new web site helps communities seeking to develop, revise, or evaluate local tree ordinances. Point your browser to spectre.ag.uiuc.edu/isa/tree-ord/ Ordintro.htm to get information about how tree ordinances can be integrated with a community’s overall tree management plan. The site, developed with help […]

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Conservation easements: are they for you?

Conservation easements: are they for you? Margaret Haapoja The easement idea gives landowners a flexible way to preserve their land without giving it away. Here’s how it works. Driving into the narrow roadway, I feel the solitude and silence envelop me. Towering maples and basswoods arch overhead, forming a natural cathedral. Filtered sunlight plays on […]

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The woodlot

The woodlot – rejuvenation of an 11-acre tract after a fire Alan Liere AMID THE SOOTY DESTRUCTION OF A FIRE, THE NEW OWNERS MAKE SOME DISCOVERIES. IT’S JUST A SMALL woodlot–maybe five acres, practically in town. It was the primary reason we chose this 11-acre tract. Deer wander into the meadow, stop to drink at […]

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Oakland’s redwood retreat – Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, California

Oakland’s redwood retreat – Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, California – includes related article on nature camp Carrie Casey “The Oakland Hills, being exposed immediately to the influences of the sea winds and fogs, once bore a group of redwood trees . . .” (Written in 1893 by naturalist Dr. William Gibbons) So gigantic were those […]

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Tree-Eating Termites Hit South – Controlling a pest

Tree-Eating Termites Hit South – Controlling a pest – Brief Article Homeowners have long feared the native subterranean termite. Now its hungrier cousins are eating their way through thousands of southern trees. The Formosan termite (Coptotermes formosanus) has attacked trees in 11 coastal states, including North Carolina, California, and Texas, as well as Hawaii. But […]

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Sizing up the EAST

Sizing up the EAST Whit Bronaugh IN WHICH WE PULL DESERVING BEHEMOTHS FROM THE SHADOW OF THEIR WESTERN COUNTERPARTS AND GIVE THEM THEIR DUE. I suspect that when Mother Nature passed out the genes and growing conditions for size and longevity, she expressed an inordinate fondness for trees in the West, where all but one […]

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The biggest bur oak

The biggest bur oak – National Champ tree in Kentucky Deborah Gangloff OI0047 Beginning with the last issue, AMERICAN FORESTS started a new feature profiling one of the Champions listed in the National Register of Big Trees, which the American Forestry Association has maintained for 50 years now. Though not all of the 850-odd National […]