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Friday, December 12, 2014
Brian Stone Jr. knows the urban heat island phenomenon well. Stone is one of the country’s foremost experts in urban heat; he has made a career of literally taking the temperature of communities. “Cities essentially create their own climates,” he says. “And the urban heat island effect is one way to measure that. There’s a...
Friday, December 12, 2014
In the decade since this Army post in southeast Georgia began planting trees to honor each of its soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the living memorial known as Warriors Walk has become hallowed ground where friends and families remember the fallen and visiting dignitaries, including a president, come to pay...
Friday, December 12, 2014
What is the most common bird seen at bird feeders throughout North America in winter?  If you guessed juncos, you're probably one of a large number of birders and bird feeder watchers who enjoy seeing this small visitor from the north make its annual winter visits to the Ozarks. Dark-eyed Juncos, which also are commonly...
Friday, December 12, 2014
The 2014 Wisconsin State of the Birds report highlights successful partnerships, conservation efforts and their positive impacts to bird species throughout the state. The Wisconsin State of the Birds Report contains excerpts from the State of the Birds Report, which is a national overview of the conservation status of...
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Blog submitted by Daisy Masela Talatau, Urban & Community Forestry Program Coordinator. Talatau works for the Forestry Division at American Samoa Community College's Land Grant Community and Natural Resources. American Samoa's urban and community forestry projects help sustain green spaces; stabilize and beautify urban...
Friday, December 5, 2014
Blog submitted by Jan Ames Santerre. Project Canopy is about people. The program educates people about the benefits trees provide, and how trees make people's lives better. Project Canopy connects people who have a particular expertise to people who need that expertise. It helps build bridges with town and city governments...
Friday, December 5, 2014
Deep in the woods at Alley Pond Park in Queens is a laboratory that looks like something out of a weather fanatic’s wild imagination.   Attached to a lofty oak are a webcam and a wind vane, humidity and temperature sensors, rain gauges and instruments to measure solar radiation. The high-tech tools, which transmit...
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
With support from the NASF Foundation, Leslie Robertson of Illinois spent five weeks in the woods. Robertson documented the theme "Working Forests Work" throughout California, Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Minnesota. This unique project is an opportunity to help tell the story of America’s working forests through the...
Monday, December 1, 2014
An air spade is an air excavation tool used by arborists, foresters, and utilities. Read about how the city of Sitka, Alaska uses the tool to successfully transplant their precious urban infrastructure: trees. Blog submitted by Patricia Joyner. In 2007, a state grant funded replacement of 18 diseased trees around the...
Friday, November 28, 2014
When you stack firewood, do you store it bark-side up or down? It depends, say some experts. If split wood is stored outdoors, stacking it with the bark side down can allow water to collect in the u-shaped trough. This moisture retention can prolong drying and accelerate decay, says Knaebe. Stacking it outdoors with the...

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