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The Forestry Professional

Professional foresters are employed for their advanced skills developed during years of experience after receiving a degree from an accredited University. In addition to developing forest management plans and supervising timber harvests, professional foresters can also help with non-harvest questions that include estate appraisals, tax basis determination, advice about forest property assistance programs, and managing a forest for wildlife and outdoor recreation.

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Tree Anatomy and Identification


Here is a resource designed to help you with identifying a tree and the types of common tree species that exist in the United States. By using a tree's anatomy and species physiology you can identify a tree while collecting and observing leaves, cones, flowers, bark and fruit - in both summer and winter. Mapping a tree's habitat or range can eliminate many similar looking different trees.

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What Kills a Tree?

Trees that reach maturity have the genetic potential to live over a century. Some species can live for many centuries. Most trees never reach that potential and are killed by environmental factors, insects and disease and catastrophe. Here are the ways trees die.

Cabbage Palm, A Symbolic Tree of the South

The cabbage palm is the favorite palm for landscapers. It is a large, tall palm with a single unbranching trunk that grows to about 50 feet. Sabal palm is state tree and on the flag of South Carolina. The palm is on Florida's Great Seal.

Collecting and Preparing a Pecan or Hickory Nut for Planting

Collecting and preparing a pecan or hickory nut to grow from seed is relatively easy but needs to be done correctly. This resource shows you how to prepare and properly germinate a pecan or hickory nut.

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid - Identification and Control

The eastern and Carolina hemlock is now under attack and in the early stages of being decimated by the hemlock wooly adelgid (HWA) or Adelges tsugae. Adelgids are small, soft bodied aphids that feed exclusively on coniferous plants

Basics on Tree Fertilization

Fertilizers are important to growing young trees. Find out when to apply, how to use and what fertilizers to buy.

Ten Essential Tree Care Tips - Keep Your Tree Healthy

There are certain things a tree owner must know to keep trees healthy and in the very best condition.

Great Trees for Privacy Borders and Windbreaks

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.

Using a Tree as a Hedge Plant

Tips for Using a Tree as a privacy Hedge plant and windbreak with suggested species and characteristics.

An Introduction to the Boxelder Tree

Boxelder is not a recommended tree to plant in your yard. Still it has many desirable qualities to keep it in the landscape including unique leaf and seed qualities and colorful cultivars.

Current United States Wildfire Maps and Condition Reports

Current National Wildfire Maps and Condition Reports. The United State's Latest Fire Situation at a Glance - Maps, Reports and Forecasts

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