Knotweed Woes

Invasives Invasion Invasive species can make habitat conservation, restoration and management incredibly difficult. Once non-native, invasive or noxious plants establish themselves, removal and eradication become very labor intensive, requiring manual removal, possible chemical applications and years of monitoring and maintenance.  Invasive species will compromise a habitat by taking over the niche of native species, native…

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The Plight of Pollinators

Beyond Bees At this point most people are well aware of the predicament the country’s (and world’s) honeybee population is in, however, what doesn’t get enough attention is the status of wild pollinators like butterflies, moths and thousands of other bee species. While honeybees are heavily researched and managed for agricultural purposes, wild pollinator species…

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Habitat Harmony

Migration Station In addition to providing oxygen, acting as a carbon dioxide sink, giving shade, contributing building products, reducing energy costs and consumption and imparting aesthetic value trees are also habitat and forage for many species of birds.  Birds roost in trees when undertaking migrations of several thousands of miles as well as nesting and…

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Mother’s Day Merriment

Matriarchal Mythos Mother’s day is celebrated in different ways and on different days worldwide, but the reason for the holiday is universal; honoring all of the hard work, sleepless nights, sacrifices and love that comes with motherhood. There are some historical ties to religious rites honoring goddesses or mother church, but the current incarnation is celebrated…

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The Crux of Fruit Tree Care: Part III-Insects

Critter Concerns Insects like fruit trees for many of the same reasons we like fruit trees, sweet smelling, pollen filled flowers and ripe, juicy fruits and seemingly sweet leaves and bark.  While we want to attract and protect pollinators and beneficial insects, injurious insects can cause serious damage, inhibiting fruit production or fouling fruit, stunting or gnarling…

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