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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
Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. "I'm awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business," said Tillman, who ships up to 20,000 trees each fall from nine...
Friday, November 28, 2014
Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. "I'm awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business," said Tillman, who ships up to 20,000 trees each fall from nine...
Friday, November 28, 2014
Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested. Researchers, using satellite data, found that agricultural activities within 20km of urban areas occupy an area equivalent to the 28-nation EU. The international team of scientists says the results should challenge...
Friday, November 28, 2014
The Geronimo Hotshots are one of seven Native American hotshot crews in the United States who are sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This revealing documentary features GoPro footage from the Geronimo Hotshots’ 2013 fire season, shot by crew member Samson Belvado and put together by the The Atlantic filmaker Sam...
Friday, November 28, 2014
A lava flow is steaming through lush forests as it creeps across Hawaii's Big Island. The U.S. Geological Survey has distributed a steady stream of images from the lava flow, including pictures of a breakout of lava near a ground crack system near an abandoned geothermal well site. The lava is burning thick vegetation in...
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...
Friday, November 28, 2014
The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher was first observed 15 years ago. But a team of researchers have only recently been able to collect and analyze the bird's DNA, confirming the species' genetic distinctiveness. In a new paper, researchers from Michigan State University, Princeton University and the Indonesian Institute of...
Monday, November 24, 2014
Blog submitted by Rosamaría Quiles In 1998, El Programa de Educación Comunal de Entrega y Servicio (PECES,Inc.) created the Support Center for the Development of Community Enterprises and Employment.  The mission of the Center is to facilitate the capacitation of citizens in technical business knowledge for the development...
Friday, November 21, 2014
For years, foresters and conservationists have been trying to create new markets for western juniper in Oregon. The species has overrun some parts of the state, and is sucking scarce water from Oregon’s high desert.  A handful of custom sawmills that are willing to work with the small knotty tree have experimented with...

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