Quercus virginiana or Southern live oak is a large, sprawling, picturesque tree, usually graced with Spanish moss and strongly reminiscent of the Old South. Live oak is one of the broadest spreading of the oaks, providing large areas of deep, inviting shade. It is the state tree of Georgia. Reaching 40 to 60 feet in height with a 60 to 100 foot spread and usually possessing many sinuously curved trunks and branches, live oak is an impressive sight for any large-scale landscape.
Windsor Ruin Live Oak - Photo by Steve Nix
The Important American Hardwoods - The Basswood - Tilia
Not all tree seed respond to planting in the same way. Some tree seed can be planted immediately while some need a bit of preparation. Here is the ways to prepare most common tree seed. Page 2.
A Catalpa Worm Infestation. Forestry. Page 5.
Pruning a tree will produce strong, healthy, attractive plants. Here is a tutorial and illustrated guide on how, why and when to prune a tree - plus a few simple pruning tips.
Tree allergies caused by pollen can be crippling. Here are pollen producing trees you need to avoid and the trees you can live next to...
Ecosystem Marketplace, 9 April 2014 | California carbon market watchers on the lookout for any sign that the US state is still on a path to accepting international offsets from Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests (REDD) got a pretty good one when a California Air Resources Board (ARB) official stepped up to the plate at the Navigating the American Carbon World conference in San Francisco last month. In front of a packed and eager crowd, the ARB’s Jason Gray stated publicly that the agency will continue considering allowing REDD offsets into its cap-and-trade program. “The world is watching to see if California is going to implement REDD or not,” said Daniel Nepstad, Senior Scientist and Executive Direct of the Earth Innovation Institute.
Survival International, 8 April 2014 | A Bushman from the Central Kalahari travelled 5,000 miles from his home in Botswana today to tell the Prince of Wales, ‘We’re not poachers – we hunt to survive.’ In February Botswana’s President Khama was an honoured guest at a global anti-poaching conference in London, alongside Prince Charles and Prince William. The initiative resulted in the launch of Prince William’s United for Wildlife, drawing together seven big conservation organizations, including US-based Conservation International (CI). President Khama is a CI board member. But President Khama has banned all hunting nationwide, even for Bushmen who hunt to feed their families, under the pretext of clamping down on poaching. However, it has emerged that trophy hunters who pay up to $8,000 to hunt giraffes and zebras are still being allowed to hunt.
By Alex Morales, Bloomberg, 8 April 2014 | Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Unilever NV (UNA) joined 68 other companies in urging world governments to cap cumulative carbon emissions since the industrial revolution to 1 trillion metric tons to contain rising temperatures... “The threat of climate change is real and urgent,” Skanska AB Chief Executive Officer Johan Karlstrom said in the statement. “From a business point of view, it is already a competitive advantage to be a leader in green but governments can speed up the progress substantially by setting up a level playing field that rewards the leaders in low carbon technology and energy efficiency.”
WWF, 9 April 2014 | In this issue 2 of 2014, we highlight the Democratic Republic of Congo's submission of an ER-PIN to the World Bank-managed Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. We also present an interview with Victor Kabenegele, the REDD+ National Coordinator for the National REDD Coordination Committee (CN-REDD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition, we bring you the latest REDD+ news, learning tools and information from WWF's Forest and Climate team.
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Here are 10 trees you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal.
Trees used in hedges provide both privacy and beauty in the landscape. Many trees are well suited for hedges, but selection of a tree should be made by considering the particular purpose of the hedge and the growing conditions at the desired site. Check the individual tree species for characteristics and site needs.
An index of common tree diseases and pathogens taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
Botanical parts of a leaf. Use these leaf parts and markers to make a positive tree identification.
Northern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
If a tree trunk is wounded there are some things you can do. Page 3.
An index of common harmful tree insects taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
How to Spruce Up Your Chain Saw Keeping your chain saw in perfect operating condition will save you money
Identify Black Cherry - The Important American Hardwoods - Prunis serotina
Tree wounds are caused by many agents but they can all be classified into three types, depending on location: branch wounds, trunk wounds, and root wounds.