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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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The Essential Ponderosa Pine

Even though the Ponderosa pine is an important conifer for wood products, it has many other uses including landscaping, land reclaimation, wildlife food.

The Destructive Emerald Ash Borer, A Tree Borer and Major Forest Pest

The Destructive Emerald Ash Borer, A Tree Borer and Major Forest Pest

Rock Elm, A Common Tree in North America

Rock Elm is found throughout the north mid-western region of North America. A town in Wisconsin was named for the tree.

Death of the American Chestnut

The American chestnut has experienced near extinction in North America. Here is what is being done to restore the tree and some information on its future.

The Fire Shelter

How the New Generation Fire Shelter Works and reasons why you should or should not depend on a fire shelter.

The Unessential Ailanthus altissima

Ailanthus or Tree-of-Heaven was introduced into the US over two centuries ago and continues to spread. Once thought to be of value the tree is now a pest.

Purchasing and Using a Pole Chainsaw Pruner

I purchased a smaller name brand pruning saw and am a property owner who only needs it for occasional use. Here is what I found.

Collecting Genetically Superior Pine Cones

Following the development of a future cloned crop of superior pine trees. Steps involved in creating a pine seed orchard.

Red Cedar, The Most Widely Distributed Eastern Conifer

Red cedar, the most widely distributed conifer in the eastern United States grows a desirable wood at maturity and is a favorite tree in the landscape.

The Fascinating Strangler Fig

Strangler fig is a fascinating tree and an American tropical native in south Florida. The strangler fig produces a continuous food crop but kills the host.

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