This last weekend, I wanted to transplant a white oak that grew from seed. It was in its 3rd season, and I wanted to transplant it because it was growing under some utility lines and if left undisturbed a white oak can grow to be 500 years old. Typically when planting trees, I plant stock from a local tree nursery. If it is a container tree, often the trees are root-bound and as I have been trained, I remove circling roots to avoid the tree from being girdled later in…Continue
Trees brighten city streets and delight nature-starved urbanites. Now scientists are learning that they also play a crucial role in the green infrastructure of America’s cities.
On April 8, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt, attired in a dark suit and top hat, could be found in Fort Worth, Texas, where youngsters looked on from a nearby window as he shoveled soil over the roots of a sapling. It was Arbor Day, which schools across the nation had recently begun…Continue
Added by Neil Norton on March 28, 2011 at 10:48am — No Comments
Is it possible that one day if we place some goggles on, all the trees around us will be identified with statistics like tree size, day planted, ecosystem contributions, etc., all with two blinks of an eye (like a mouse click)? Sometimes I wonder if this vision will go the way of flying car predictions of the 50s. Factors that make it attainable are the interests in tree inventories, advancement of GIS/GPS software and devices, and the ever increasing power of computing and the associated…Continue
At Georgia’s Arbor Day celebration at the Capitol, a “check” for $37.2 billion dollars in ecosystem service value was handed to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the result of the study “Quantifying the Benefits of Non-Timber Ecosystem Services” conducted by the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia.…Continue
Added by Neil Norton on March 11, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
Large trees are majestic, but have you given much thought to understory trees of late? Understory trees grow under the taller trees and typically reach a maturity of 15-30 feet, opposed to the 100 feet of an overstory tree like an oak.
Part of what makes a forest special is the breath of diversity within it. Much of that diversity is in the understory (e.g. Dogwood, American Holly, Hornbeam). The understory fills the forest, allowing your eyes to wander and see more depth by…Continue
Added by Neil Norton on March 7, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments