Clearcutting Consequences

The majority of mainstream ecologists feel that some form of disturbance, whether it be natural; fire, beavers or storms or man-made, such as logging, is necessary for health and proper functioning of an ecosystem. Some forest management practices which may seem radical are employed in regions of the country to achieve desired forest health goals. Clearcutting,…

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Fundamental Forests

Forests are fundamental to life, they provide water and air quality mitigation, recreational opportunities, employment, tourism, saleable products and much more. In the U.S. forests represent a part of our national identity and preserving them as a legacy for future generations is a responsibility that we should not take lightly; “conservation is not a luxury,…

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Aerial Assessments

The USDA Forest Service manages a division tasked with monitoring forest health via aerial survey. The Forest Health Protection (FHP) staff is responsible for pest detection, reporting and forest management on federal, state and private lands. The FHP aviation program surveys forested land for insects and pests, performs aerial photography and conducts aerial applications, when…

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Drought Dilemma

Ground and surface water lost during the extended drought in the southwest are having unexpected and unusual impacts. The 18 month-long drought in southern California has resulted in land upheaval of slightly more than half of an inch, recorded in the mountains. Apparently the estimated 63 billion gallons of water lost has had an effect on…

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Fall Fertilization

It seems to early to start talking about it, but fall is just around the corner. With fall come preparations for winter, and let’s not forget about helping our landscapes get ready to deal with frost, frigid temperatures, ice and snow. Fertilizing your shrubs, trees and lawn in the fall can aid in recovery from…

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Turf Tribulations

Several minor, late season turf diseases have been reported found on lawns recently. Leaf spot and blight diseases such as Colletotrichum, Curvularia, Leptosphaerulina, and Ascochyta often develop as the result of long-term exposure to stress, like the end of summer that had variable periods of precipitation and high soil and air temperatures, such as the one we are currently…

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Horticultural Headlines

The Horticultural Research Institute was established in 1962 to support and promote research benefitting the landscape and nursery industry and horticultural professionals. HRI is the research arm of AmericanHort, which is the consolidation of the OFA, The Association of Horticultural Professionals and ANLA, the American Nursery and Landscape Association. Recently HRI received $200,000 in gifts…

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