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It's Spring Tree-Planting Season in Kentucky

It's the time of year when the Kentucky Division of Forestry’s two tree nurseries are busy packing and shipping seedlings. 

The busiest months for the spring planting season are March and April. The Forestry Division doesn’t send seedlings after April because it gets too warm and the bare root seedlings do not survive well after they have leafed out for the summer. 

Missouri Arbor Day is April 3

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians that trees and forests throughout the state are valuable to our health, communities, economy, and environment. MDC encourages Missourians to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests on Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care.

Florida State Forester Recognizes International Day of Forests

Florida State Forester Jim Karels and the Florida Forest Service recognized the benefits of Florida's working forests at last Saturday's global recognition of the International Day of Forests.

“Working forests have a significant positive influence on air quality and water supply,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “The presence of healthy, sustainable forests is vital for the protection and conservation of our natural resources.”

Tree Topping Harms Trees

Trees are a vital component of healthy urban communities, giving area residents a multitude of benefits including clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and psychological well-being.

Considering their many benefits, one might assume trees in our cities and communities receive the best of care. Unfortunately, when it comes to tree pruning, this isn't always the case.

New York Garlic Mustard Challenge Kicks off April 18

The Buffalo Audubon Society, Western New York Land Conservancy, Friends of Reinstein Woods, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have joined forces to improve the habitats of three natural areas by ridding them of garlic mustard.

"Garlic mustard is an invasive species that is harming forests in Western New York," Reinstein Woods Center Director Meaghan Boice-Green said. "The 'Garlic Mustard Challenge' gets people outside in nature and uses their collective volunteer power in an exciting and effective way."

Montana Nitrogen Study to Help Forests Across the West

A Montana State University ecologist who has studied the movement of water through redwood trees has now received a federal grant to investigate the movement of nitrogen through a western Montana forest.

Concerned about the productivity of mountainous forests across the American West, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded Jia Hu a four-year grant totaling $466,000. Hu is an assistant professor in ecology and a fellow in the Montana Institute on Ecosystems.

Colorado Trees Weather-Damaged

Many eastern Colorado trees were unprepared for the record-breaking cold in early November. Temperatures in Denver plunged from the high 60s to minus 14 degrees over just four days, and as a result, many trees suffered needle and bud damage that will impact tree health this year.

Kansas Farmers Can Improve Land Through Forestry Management

Kansas windbreaks, also known as shelterbelts, offer a variety of benefits to Kansas farmers, says Bob Atchison of the Kansas Forest Service and recipient of NASF's 2014 Jim Sledge Current Achievement Award for Forest Resource Management.

Windbreaks can help farmers increase crop yields up to 23 percent, improve calving survival, save 13 percent on feed bills and reduce energy costs around the farmstead by 25 percent. Additionally, windbreaks provide wildlife habitat, sources of fuel and forage, and recreational opportunities.

Florida Students Plant 400 Trees in Celebration of Arbor Day

Friday, Jan.16, was the 70th edition of Florida’s Arbor Day, which always occurs on the third Friday of each January. Florida, because of her shorter winters and a strong propensity to reach warm, subtropical temperatures rapidly, is the first state of the union to celebrate Arbor Day each year. Other states follow, according to the time most conducive for successful tree-planting for their respective latitude/longitude.

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