With a new year starting, many of us will take a hard look at our habits and behaviors and set new goals. How about investing energy in New Year’s resolutions that make a difference to trees in your community? Completing these resolutions might bring you and your community benefits too. Suggested tree resolutions for 2018 … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Community’s Trees
PROS: Small trees have skyrocketed in popularity, most importantly thanks to utility companies. Trees no taller than 25-35 feet will not grow up into overhead power lines, which reduces tree-related outages and the need for heavy pruning to achieve clearance. Smaller trees require less space above and below ground than larger trees do, which generally … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Pros and Cons of Small Trees
Urban Forestry 2020 is a study funded by the US Forest Service through the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council to assess perceptions of the urban forestry profession and make recommendations for future development. Urban forestry is maturing as both a profession and an academic discipline, yet the public and those in allied professions … Continue reading National Research on Employment and Jobs in Urban Forestry
Since September, I have been awakened from a dead sleep countless times by an obnoxious buzzing in my ear and, even more unsettling, the feeling that something is crawling on top of my head. Although groggy, I usually realize pretty quickly that it’s just a stink bug, grab it, and toss it across the room. … Continue reading Are Those “Stink Bugs” in Your Home?
This season, have you been making a list and checking it twice? Those familiar words of the old Christmas song refer to Santa, and he is right-on to organize his thoughts and put together a task list for his busy season. December is a great time to plan and organize for urban forestry’s busy season, … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner — December
Throughout the western United States, including Washington state, the health of our forests has been in decline for several decades. This means that our forests are less able to provide ecological functions, less sustainable, less resilient, less able to meet land manager objectives and less resistant to invasive species, insects, diseases and fire. How We … Continue reading Achieving Healthy Eastern Washington Forests within 20 Years
Trees like alders, poplars, birches and willows are dubbed “pioneer species” in forestry. They earn that nickname for often being the first trees to colonize sites disturbed or damaged by landslides, fires, floods or clear cuts. Pioneer species grow rapidly and establish new canopies faster than competing vegetation. They can mature at a young age … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Understanding Pioneer Species