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By Steve Nix

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • What is a Tree Burl? Created: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      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.
    • Hemlock Wooly Adelgid - Identification and Control Created: Thursday, July 07, 2005 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      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 fee...
    • Using Tree Anatomy and Physiology for Identification Created: Thursday, February 12, 2004 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Tree anatomy, including leaf shape and twig parts, helps you identify and name tree species. Knowing a tree's physiology will help with identification.
    • Ten Essential Tree Care Tips - Keep Your Tree Healthy Created: Friday, September 28, 2007 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      There are certain things a tree owner must know to keep trees healthy and in the very best condition.
    • 10 Bad Things We Do to Our Trees Created: Sunday, May 22, 2005 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      The ten most harmful things you can do to a tree you are growing. Listed in order of the most common problems. First: Staking and mulching. Page 1 of 10.
    • Basics on Tree Fertilization Created: Monday, April 11, 2005 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Fertilizers are important to growing young trees. Find out when to apply, how to use and what fertilizers to buy.
    • Great Trees for Privacy Borders and Windbreaks Created: Saturday, June 14, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      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 hed...
    • Using a Tree as a Hedge Plant Created: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Tips for Using a Tree as a privacy Hedge plant and windbreak with suggested species and characteristics.
    • Eastern White Pine, A Common Tree in North America Created: Sunday, December 21, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Eastern White Pine is a common forest tree in higher elevations of eastern North American forests.
    • 13 Most Common North American Pine - The Major Pine Species of North America Created: Saturday, February 21, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Pine trees are one of the most common coniferous species in North America. Here is a list of those major pines most often seen in the United States and Canada.
    • Current United States Wildfire Maps and Condition Reports Created: Sunday, October 28, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Current National Wildfire Maps and Condition Reports. The United State's Latest Fire Situation at a Glance - Maps, Reports and Forecasts
    • An Introduction to the Boxelder Tree Created: Sunday, October 09, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      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.
    • 10 Reasons Living Trees Are Valuable Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Living trees are important, necessary and valuable to our very existence. Life without trees, we humans would not exist on Earth. Keep a tree around.
    • The Essential Chinkapin Created: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      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.
    • How to ID and Manage Douglas Fir Created: Wednesday, March 02, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      ID and Manage Douglas Fir
    • The Essential Douglas Fir Created: Thursday, August 25, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      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.
    • 10 Best Fall Color Forest Views in the US and Canada Created: Saturday, August 19, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      The Kancamagus Scenic Byway in New Hampshire, one of the ten best views of autumn leaf foliage in North American forests.
    • The Essential Osage Orange Created: Sunday, November 06, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      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 Created: Monday, June 11, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      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 Created: Sunday, July 13, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Even though the Ponderosa pine is an important conifer for wood products, it has many other uses including landscaping, land reclaimation, wildlife food.
    • Ponderosa Pine, A Common Western Conifer Created: Friday, March 13, 2009 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Ponderosa pine is a conifer of major importance in western US forests. It is the most widely distributed conifer in western North America.
    • The Destructive Emerald Ash Borer, A Tree Borer and Major Forest Pest Created: Sunday, January 23, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      The Destructive Emerald Ash Borer, A Tree Borer and Major Forest Pest
    • The 2 Common North American Ash Trees Created: Sunday, February 22, 2004 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
    • White Ash, A Common Tree in North America Created: Sunday, January 11, 2009 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      White Ash is one of 2 most common ash trees in North America. White ash looks very much like green ash but can be identified by looking at the leaf scar.
    • Green Ash, A Common Tree in North America Created: Sunday, January 11, 2009 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      Green Ash is one of 2 most common ash trees in North America. Green ash looks very much like white ash but can be identified by looking at the leaf scar.
    • Identify Douglas-fir Created: Saturday, February 21, 2004 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      The Douglas-Fir tree has an identity all its own. It is a conifer but what kind? The dougfir has a unique look that has troubled botanists for centuries.
    • Death of the American Chestnut Created: Friday, May 09, 2003 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      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.
    • Rock Elm, A Common Tree in North America Created: Monday, January 12, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      Rock Elm is found throughout the north mid-western region of North America. A town in Wisconsin was named for the tree.
    • The Fire Shelter Created: Sunday, January 30, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      How the New Generation Fire Shelter Works and reasons why you should or should not depend on a fire shelter.
    • Finding American Ginseng in Eastern Forests Created: Monday, June 27, 2005 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Identifying the ginseng plant, root and seed is important but you must also know the legal harvest regulations.
    • The Unessential Ailanthus altissima Created: Thursday, August 03, 2006 Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014
      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.
    • The 5 Most Common Maple Trees Created: Monday, February 23, 2004 Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014
      Maples are one of the most important American hardwood species. This tree species is in the genus Acer, loved in the landscape and a preferred wood for harvest.

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