Ancient redwood trees sprout clones of themselves on the knobbly growths known as “burls” before dying. “Burl poachers,” who cut these pieces off to make decorative pieces, are beginning to see some justice: in Humboldt County, multiple arrests of suspected burl poachers have been made.
New research suggests that they key to saving money on wildfire control is to invest in forests before the fires even begin. The Mokelumne Watershed Avoided Cost Analysis suggests that investing in proactive forest management activities can save up to three times the cost of future fires, reduce high-severity fire by up to 75 percent, and bring added benefits for people, water and wildlife.
Far West Forest Products is owned by the a California family that specializes in salvaged, urban and reclaimed wood – 90 percent of which is taken from no more than 500 miles from Far West’s headquarters in Sheridan, California. This wood, which comes from trees felled by natural causes, or which had to be cut after sustaining damage, or which has already been used, would otherwise go to waste.
For the 33rd consecutive year, Ohio leads the nation for Tree City USA designations with 244 communities achieving the title this year. The program, which is sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters, the Arbor Day Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S.
Chicago is estimated to have about 157,142,000 trees, with a tree and shrub canopy that covers 2% of the region. These trees remove about 677,000 tons of carbon per year and 18,080 tons of air pollution per year. Including reduced costs in residential energy and a few other factors, these trees are estimated to have a compensatory value of $51.2 billion.
An enormous red oak in Queens measuring 5 feet across and approaching 300 years of age was felled in 2010 by a tornado. Named the Robin Hood tree, it had been a well-loved fixture on 84th avenue for many years, towering over the neighborhood at 8 stories high.
The Forest Service’s Northern Research Station recently led a study to forecast forest conditions over the next 50 years in the 20-state region extending from Maine to Minnesota and from Missouri to Maryland. They found five short and long-term factors that will be “highly influential regardless of the nature and magnitude of the effects of climate change," said lead author Stephen Shifley, a research forester with the Northern Research Station.
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