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Storied Furniture

  One day, brothers Zeb and Ted Esselstyn had an epiphany of sorts. It occurred to them that every year, hundreds of historic Connecticut trees were meeting an unceremonious end. After being removed or failing due to old age or weather, these trees were being chipped, turned into mulch, or deposited in anonymous landfills. Seeing…

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Managing trees during construction

Thanks to all those that attended today’s webinar on managing trees during construction. We talked about different reasons for managing trees during construction; we discussed the American National Standard for tree management during construction (ANSI A300 Part 5); and we reviewed some of the provisions of ANSI A300 Part 5. A key point is the…

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Paper or Plastic? Neither?

We’ve all been there. You get to the checkout line at your local grocery store and you’re asked the question. Paper or plastic? While one option seems to provide an obvious environmental benefit, the best possible answer might be “neither.” It’s no secret that plastic shopping bags are bad for our environment, but you may…

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What does competitive tree climbing have to do with sustainability?

Did you know that there are competitions for tree climbers? The International Society of Arboriculture has chapters all over the world. Those chapters hold tree climbing competitions where arborists compete to be the top climber in their chapter, and chapter competitors compete for the international crown. Today I attended the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, International Society of…

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Urbanization

More people than ever before are living in cities. In fact, the Earth Institute at Columbia University claims that, for the first time ever, half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. While this presents a number of challenges in terms of infrastructure and support, the question we ask is, what about the city…

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The Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition celebrates 10 years

Last week, the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition celebrated 10 years of working to: Increase tangible support for urban forests on a national, regional and local level; Educate diverse audiences about the value and need for healthy trees in cities; and Network and leverage resources and knowledge among a growing community of organizations promoting healthier, more vibrant cities. Members…

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Foliar Nematodes (angular leaf spots)

During a visit to a greenhouse, dark angular leaf spots were observed on two coleus cultivars. Necrotic spotting was more pronounced on the lower foliage than the upper foliage. (The necrotic spots were confined between the secondary veins, which gave them a blocky appearance, but in the case of these Hosta, were confined between the…

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Turning Waste Into Value

The Mulch Center At a time when we are all seeking new ways to recycle and be green, Jim Seckelmann, founder of The Mulch Center in Deerfield, IL, has found a way to do his part. Recognizing inefficiencies in the handling of wood waste from his tree business, Jim decided to turn a waste stream into a…

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