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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

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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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Two Major North American Pine Beetles

Here are the two most deadly pine bark beetles in North America. Southern pine beetle and mountain pine beetle epidemics kill millions of trees annually.

What to do With Surface Tree Roots in Your Yard

Tree roots that grow on the surface are difficult to mow or walk over and can effect the growth and health of nearby grass and groundcovers. Here are tips on protecting that tree from root damage.

How a Forest Ecosystem is Defined

Understanding forest ecology is necessary before a forest ecosystem can be defined accurately. Forest ecosystems are hard to describe even when using modern tools and concepts.

Harvesting a Black Walnut Crop

Collecting a Black Walnut Crop for Seeds and Nuts

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.

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