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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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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

What is a Tree Burl?

Burls are common hardwood and conifer diseases you might find in yard and forest. You can't do much to prevent a tree burl but there are ways to live with one. Here is how.

The Essential Chinkapin

The common chinkapin, a nut-bearing relative of American chestut, is highly prized as a prolific seed producer of edible and tasty nuts. The tree is also very valuable to breeders in developing blight resistant chestnuts.

The Essential Douglas Fir

A walk-through description and guide to identifying Douglas fir or Pseudotsuga menziesii. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.

The Essential Osage Orange

Osage-orange or Maclura pomifera has a wonderful wood, is hardy on harsh dry sites and a perfect Midwestern tree in the landscape.

Proper Pruning of Conifer Storm Damage

Proper pruning of conifers after storm damage can result in saving a prize specimen or favorite tree. It will take individual care that includes pruning correctly.

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.

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