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Friday, October 10, 2014
Pine nuts, or pignolias, are a critical component of a good pesto sauce. It turns out that pine nuts don't generally come from orchards, or fields, or plantations. They come from pine forests. The nuts are hidden inside the cones of certain species of pine, such as the mighty Siberian pine, which covers thousands of square...
Friday, October 10, 2014
Trees in the U.K. are being injected with a garlic extract to cure them of deadly diseases. Garlic contains the compound allicin, which can fight bacterial and fungal infections. “Over the last four years we have treated 60 trees suffering badly with bleeding canker of horse chestnut. All of the trees were cured,” said...
Friday, October 10, 2014
The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, a researcher at Wright State University suspects. Biology professor Don Cipollini, Ph.D., director of the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program, has found that the invasive green beetle has...
Friday, October 10, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, has launched the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. This competitive prize, open to teams of architects, engineers, and developers, will showcase the architectural and commercial...
Friday, October 10, 2014
According to some Chinese officials, the prevalence of wood-framed homes helped keep the death toll low from Tuesday's magnitude 6.6 quake in Jinggu County. Huang Fugang, director of the provincial seismological administration, said that homes in the thickly forested area are generally built with wood, and that such...
Friday, October 10, 2014
For the first time in more than a decade, Bloomington, Indiana has increased the amount of green space in the city. Green space is defined as the total acreage covered by trees, grass and other vegetation, according to the city’s Environmental Commission. Green space must also be greater than one acre and more than 10...
Friday, October 10, 2014
An overabundance of deer caused by too few hunters is contributing to a decline in the quality of usptate New York woodlands, a forester says. Without human controls, deer are feasting on sugar maples and oak trees before they mature, allowing less desirable species such as beech to take over, which can alter local...
Friday, October 10, 2014
The threat of the Emerald Ash Borer is forcing cities across Iowa to start taking inventory of its trees, and Des Moines now has the green light to do so. The inventory would identify hazardous trees, along with healthy trees in need of simple pruning. Earlier this week the city council voted to send tree crews out next...
Friday, October 10, 2014
The first-ever Smokey Bear storybook app called "Smokey Bear and the Campfire Kids" was launched this week as is available for download at www.smokeybearapps.com. Created by digital agency HelpsGood, the app was released during this week's Fire Prevention Week. A portion of all proceeds goes back into the Smokey Bear...
Friday, October 10, 2014
Moose Creek district ranger Joe Hudson and Byron Bonney, retired fire staff officer, worked together in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest to make better tactical decisions for the Johnson Bar Fire. The men used developed a long-term plan and entered it into the Wildland Fire Decision Support System, a web-based...

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