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Friday, August 15, 2014
Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall in Hawaii earlier this month and destroyed most of the papaya trees in the Puna/Kapoho growing district on Hawaii’s Big Island. This district makes up about 90 percent of the state's papaya production.   “The losses are devastating...This could be similar to losses from ringspot...
Friday, August 15, 2014
The coconut rhinoceros beetle, first discovered in December at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, is destroying coconut trees and the associated economy.   The insect bores holes in the leaves, damaging and killing the trees, and work crews have removed 150 sick trees to prevent the spread.   “(This will...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow Today was all about seeing the aftermath of a tornado outbreak from April. First stop: A logging site salvaging timber that had been damaged by storms. Along with Russell of the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC), I met with Justin Gentry, John Moore, and Buck Buchanan to conduct a...
Monday, August 11, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow This morning I met Russell Bozeman, director of forest protection and forest information with the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC).   Russell and I headed to Warren County to see one of the state’s 16th Section Lands, which is part of 480,000 acres of forested school trust...
Friday, August 8, 2014
By Leslie RobertsonNASF Photo Fellow Today was another busy day, full of variety. We left our bed and breakfast to head over to the RockTenn mill in Fernandina Beach, where we toured around the exterior of the mill, focusing on procurement of raw materials to use in the mill. The mill specializes in making paper used in...
Friday, August 8, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow After a quick lunch at a local barbeque, we headed to the Ralph E. Simmons Memorial State Forest where the Florida Forest Service was conducting a prescribed burn of a small area of a turkey oak and longleaf pine stand. I donned the necessary safety equipment then was escorted around...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
We began the day at Tate’s Hell State Forest by viewing some dwarf cypress trees from boardwalk and an observation deck. Although the trees are more than 150 years old, they only reach a height of 15 or so feet due to soil content. We were able to take a look at some of the cones on the trees, which are sometimes collected...
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
By Leslie RobertsonNASF Photo Fellow Chelsea and I spent the morning with Hannah Anderson, a wildfire mitigation specialist.   Shane McGowan, forest area supervisor for the team, explained that they were pretty short-handed at the moment; many of the firefighters were sent to California to fight wildfires there...
Monday, August 4, 2014
By Leslie Robertson NASF Photo Fellow Today was an extremely full, productive day. Chelsea Ealum, communications and public relations coordinator (and my companion for the week), and I headed over to the Blackwater River Florida Forest Service (FFS) headquarters. We met with Tabatha Kelly Merkley, FFS Forestry Resource...
Monday, August 4, 2014
By Leslie RobertsonNASF Photo Fellow This afternoon we headed over to Scenic Hills Country Club to see a "challenger tree" for the Florida Champion Tree Register, which records the largest tree of each species in Florida. Many of these trees are also national champions in the National Register of Big Trees, published every...

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