2020’s Great American Tree: Washington’s own Douglas fir

This feature was written with source information from the American Grove and Gifford Pinchot National Forest websites. Each year on July 4th, American Grove recognizes the annual Great American Tree. Selected through nationwide submissions from residents showcasing their community forests and notable trees and voted on by members, the trees are narrowed down to the … Continue reading 2020’s Great American Tree: Washington’s own Douglas fir

Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree dies, but its legacy lives on

This press release was reposted with permission as it originally appeared on the City of Vancouver's website on June 27, 2020. Click here for the original version. It survived the most severe floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, but not 2020. For all practical purposes, Vancouver’s venerable Old Apple Tree has died at the age … Continue reading Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree dies, but its legacy lives on

Soil joins list of regulated materials as part of apple maggot quarantine

This news release has been reposted with permission from the Washington State Department of Agriculture The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) finalized a rule change which adds certain soils and growing medium to the list of regulated materials pursuant to the apple maggot quarantine. The updated rule takes effect on July 11. The apple … Continue reading Soil joins list of regulated materials as part of apple maggot quarantine

5 Cities Raise the Bar with DNR Grants

Congratulations are in order for five communities that successfully completed WA DNR Urban & Community Forestry grant projects this May. These grantees, funded between 2018 to 2020, were hard at work over the last two years completing their deliverables. Read about their projects below and become inspired—from tree education, to inventories and one big investigation! … Continue reading 5 Cities Raise the Bar with DNR Grants

The Story of Oak Harbor and the Garry oak

The commitment in the Oak Harbor community to maintain and restore its namesake tree, the Garry oak, is far-reaching and inspiring. “Being in a Garry oak Savannah makes one want to spread out a blanket, listen to the birdsong, and spend all day amongst the wildflowers and trees” reflects Brad Gluth, the City’s stormwater engineer … Continue reading The Story of Oak Harbor and the Garry oak

Out Now: Forest Insect and Disease Report

Learn about the WA DNR Urban & Community Forestry efforts to make each community Urban Forest Pest Ready and attend an upcoming seminar.  By Glenn Kohler, Forest Entomologist, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, glenn.kohler@dnr.wa.gov Every spring, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service publish a Forest Health Highlights report that … Continue reading Out Now: Forest Insect and Disease Report

Timely Tree Tips− So you planted a fruit tree in quarantine

Throughout spring, as the coronavirus emergency altered our daily lives it also exposed the fragility of our society’s reliance on our food systems. This realization inspired gardening as the hobby of the quarantine-moment. By the height of planting season, we kept hearing reports that local garden supply stores could barely keep up with demand, including … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips− So you planted a fruit tree in quarantine