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Sunday, April 9, 2017
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What's in your Woods?



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Tree Farm Program Benefits

contrbuted by Wes Rutt, Tree Farmer


I recently attended a Colorado Tree Farm meeting. It reminded me of the special and unique benefits that can be available to landowners with forested property who participate in Colorado’s Tree Farm program.

My Tree Farm is in Larimer County Colorado and for many years now Tree Farmers here have met a few times each year to:

  1. Talk with forestry experts who can provide us with useful and unique advice to make forest management easier or more productive.

  2. Share our experiences and ideas with our neighbors and other private forest landowners who care about the health of our forests.

  3. Take tours of exceptionally well managed forested properties and businesses that can show us how do a better job.

  4. Generally motivate ourselves and our neighbors to continue the difficult, sometimes dangerous, and seemingly never-ending job of protecting the health and improving the sustainability of our forests for future generations.

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Ruminations on Forest Soil Health in New Mexico

By Carl Struck, Certified Tree Farm #2


I've heard it said that master gardeners don't take care of their plants...they take care of the soil and the soil takes care of the plants. Recently, while cutting up a very old and very twisted Ponderosa that fell victim to bark beetles, I had an epiphany.

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The average distance from any point in the nation to the nearest forest has increased 14 percent since 1990

from The Denver Post


A new study of satellite images taken over 10 years starting in 1990 shows the rural forest canopy disappearing. Forest space disappeared from the United States in such big chunks that the average distance from any point in the nation to a forest increased by 14 percent, about one-third of a mile.

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A Rocky Mountain Forest from Nebraska

contributed by Dan Wand, Durango ass't District Forester


Nebraska might not seem like the place where trees for the Rocky Mountain forests would be grown but that’s where one man leads the effort to grow millions of trees. 

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Bringing Back the American Chestnut Tree

By Science and Technology reporter, The Toronto Star


The towering trees — redwoods of the east, some called them — were a foundational species in the forests that stretched from southwestern Ontario to Georgia. In some parts, one in four trees was an American chestnut. The trees were a refuge for hundreds of species and a thrumming industry: its wood was so hardy that chestnut fences still stake Ontario fields.

Then, in less than 50 years, the trees were gone....

Aitken and other researchers are monitoring Powell’s progress, because so many other tree species, from the Elm to the Butternut, are being ravaged by disease.

“Really, the chestnut has a chance to pave the way,” says Aitken.

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How to Celebrate Forests — and Help Save Them

By Bob Berwyn, The Pacific Standard


Twisted, lightning-scarred and windswept, North America’s ancient bristlecone pines have seen as much climate change as any living organism on Earth. The oldest of the giants, growing in the remote White Mountains of eastern California, sprouted from seed more than 5,000 years ago, about the same time recorded history began with Sumerian culture. After persisting and co-existing with humanity for all that time, it’s not clear how much longer bristlecone pines will be able to survive. Despite their longevity, they appear to be among the tree species most vulnerable to extinction.

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