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  • Acorn Watchers Wonder What Happened to Crop

    12/02/2008 8:52:08 AM PST · by BGHater · 33 replies · 1,415+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 30 Nov 2008 | Brigid Schulte
    The idea seemed too crazy to Rod Simmons, a measured, careful field botanist. Naturalists in Arlington County couldn't find any acorns. None. No hickory nuts, either. Then he went out to look for himself. He came up with nothing. Nothing crunched underfoot. Nothing hit him on the head. Then calls started coming in about crazy squirrels. Starving, skinny squirrels eating garbage, inhaling bird feed, greedily demolishing pumpkins. Squirrels boldly scampering into the road. And a lot more calls about squirrel roadkill. But Simmons really got spooked when he was teaching a class on identifying oak and hickory trees late last...
  • University forcibly extracting tree sitters

    09/09/2008 11:49:49 AM PDT · by Macaw · 141 replies · 293+ views
    KGO-TV in San Francisco (ABC news) ^ | 9/9/2008 | Teresa Garcia
    BERKELEY, CA (KGO) -- The final showdown is unfolding at UC Berkeley. As campus police move in on the tree sitters occupying the last of the remaining trees. There have been many violent confrontations between police and protestors. Objects thrown, weapons drawn, people arrested - it's all going down right now at UC Berkeley. Campus police in a cherry-picker are actively trying to get the tree sitters down from their perch in a redwood tree. A dramatic ending to the nearly two-year protest over the removal of trees to build a new university sports complex.
  • Funny video: For What Party Do You Think The Hippies Crying for Dead Trees Vote?

    09/07/2008 3:28:23 PM PDT · by Bear Nichols · 14 replies · 188+ views
    Right Werds, Korrekt Speech ^ | 09/07/2008 | Bear Nichols
    This video is just too great to ignore. I'm surprised they didn't make it to St. Paul to protest with the rest of the lunatics:
  • Mexico Plants Wall of Trees in Protest of U.S. Border Fence

    06/28/2008 9:22:40 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 58 replies · 136+ views
    Macro World ^ | 06.28.2008 | Macro World
    PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico, The first of 400,000 trees are being planted to form a ``green wall' in protest of the fence the U.S. is building along the border with Mexico. The treeline will eventually stretch for 512 kilometres along the border between the Mexican state of Coahuila and Texas. Coahuila Gov. Humberto Moreira Valdes says ``our wall is of life, and it competes with shame and hate.' The U.S. government says the fence is critical to security. Critics say it fuels animosity between the two countries and raises environmental and private property concerns. The mayor of a Texas border town...
  • UCPD Attempting to Take Tree-Sitters Down

    06/17/2008 9:00:40 AM PDT · by cdbull23 · 44 replies · 845+ views
    The Daily Californian ^ | June 17, 2008 | Jacqueline Johnston and Ashley Trott
    The tree-sit that has been going on for more than 18 months in the oak grove near Memorial Stadium may have reached its end now that UCPD officers are attempting to take the sitters out. In the latest of several developments, an arborist harnessed on the end of a crane was mobilized onto one of the trees where he was attempting to cut down a structure in the tree when a tree-sitter began hitting him with a plastic bottle. The workman was pulled out of the tree by the crane. Two cherry pickers are also on the site, one of...
  • Mystery of infamous 'New England Dark Day' solved by 3 rings

    06/08/2008 5:31:10 AM PDT · by decimon · 38 replies · 174+ views
    University of Missouri-Columbia ^ | Jun 6, 2008 | Unknown
    Black day of 1780 caused by distant wildfires, MU experts sayCOLUMBIA, Mo. – At noon, it was black as night. It was May 19, 1780 and some people in New England thought judgment day was at hand. Accounts of that day, which became known as 'New England's Dark Day,' include mentions of midday meals by candlelight, night birds coming out to sing, flowers folding their petals,and strange behavior from animals. The mystery of this day has been solved by researchers at the University of Missouri who say evidence from tree rings reveals massive wildfires as the likely cause, one of...
  • Residents and others lament loss of trees

    05/05/2008 6:53:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 266+ views
    The Montgomery Gazette ^ | April 30, 2008 | Melissa J. Brachfeld
    In the community of Shady Grove Woods, trees are becoming more and more scarce. Residents and other anti-Intercounty Connector activists marched through the neighborhood on Saturday, pointing out the trees that were cut down to make way for the six-lane highway. ‘‘It’s just that we didn’t have a say in it in so many ways and we’re not talking about a two-lane road, we’re talking about a major highway running through here,” resident Sam Chim said of the ICC. ‘‘We have a lot of nice, private woods back here and now we’re going to have a highway running through instead....

    05/04/2008 9:29:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 160+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 4, 2008 | David Reinhard
    I 'm with Joyce Kilmer -- "I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree." I'm even with city Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who recently waxed poetical before the Portland City Council on the "incredible" "show-stopping" trees growing in Portland. But before I could recall the last lines of Kilmer's poem -- "Poems are made by fools like me, / But only God can make a tree!" -- Saltzman went on to say something that's creepy and chilling: "It sometimes pains me to think that we have no ability to control their destiny -- that a private...
  • Scientists To Capture DNA Of Trees Worldwide For Database

    05/02/2008 1:43:46 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 117+ views
    Physorg ^ | 5-2-2008 | DEEPTI HAJELA
    Scientists to capture DNA of trees worldwide for database By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press Writer Graduate student Natalia Pabon-Mora works at The New York Botanical Garden's Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory at the Bronx, New York facility Tuesday, April 15, 2008. A team of researches there is leading a global effort to barcode the DNA of every tree species on Earth, all 100,000 of them. The laboratory, with sweeping views of trees and a pond, reflects the work going in indoors. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (AP) -- The New York Botanical Garden may be best known for its orchid shows and colorful...
  • Swedish Researchers Find World's Oldest Living Tree

    04/17/2008 7:35:26 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 14 replies · 120+ views
    YAHOO ^ | 4-17-08
    The world's oldest living tree on record is a nearly 10,000 year-old spruce that has been discovered in central Sweden, Umeaa University said on Thursday. Researchers had discovered a spruce with genetic material dating back 9,550 years in the Fulu mountain in Dalarna, according to Leif Kullmann, a professor of Physical Geography at the university in northwestern Sweden. That would mean it had taken root in roughly the year 7,542 BC. "It was a big surprise because we thought until (now) that this kind of spruce grew much later in those regions," he said. Scientists had previously believed the world's...
  • Trees Block Solar Panels, and a Feud Ends in Court

    04/07/2008 10:03:57 PM PDT · by melt · 26 replies · 186+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/7/08 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Call it an eco-parable: one Prius-driving couple takes pride in their eight redwoods, the first of them planted over a decade ago. Their electric-car-driving neighbors take pride in their rooftop solar panels, installed five years after the first trees were planted. This redwood tree was pruned to reduce the shade cast on solar panels in a neighbor’s yard. Trees — redwoods, live oaks or blossoming fruit trees — are usually considered sturdy citizens of the sun-swept peninsula south of San Francisco, not criminal elements. But under a 1978 state law protecting homeowners’ investment in rooftop solar panels,...
  • 'Trees for Troops' Program Gets Boost From Guard

    12/12/2007 5:17:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 38+ views
    ARMY.MIL/News ^ | Lt. Col. Richard Goldenberg
    Charlton, N.Y. (Army News Service, Dec. 12, 2007) - Volunteers from the New York National Guard's 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division spread holiday cheer by helping load donated Christmas trees bound for overseas troops and Army Families stationed across the United States. The five Soldiers joined local tree farmers, veterans and military Families at Ellms Tree Farms Nov. 28 to load a FedEx delivery truck with nearly 150 Christmas trees, all bound for Fort Drum, N.Y., and the Army's 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx - in cooperation with the National Christmas Tree Association - organized...
  • Concerning global warming: Letter to the Editor

    11/30/2007 8:08:41 AM PST · by Nevadan · 22 replies · 121+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Nov. 30, 2007 | GARY L. AFTOORA
    Awhile back, I saw a fellow planting a tree to offset the effects of carbon dioxide emissions. What I couldn't figure out was how moving a tree from one hole to a different hole would have any effect on global warming. I decided to try this myself. After working all day moving a tree, I placed my thermometer next to the hole from which the tree came out, and took measurements. Next, I measured the temperature next to the hole with the tree in it. Believe it or not, the second hole showed cooler temperatures by approximately 10 degrees. I...
  • Berkeley Tree Sitter Falls (Man Suffers Broken Arm And Leg)

    11/12/2007 3:04:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 171 replies · 478+ views
    NBC11 ^ | November 12, 2007
    BERKELEY, Calif. -- On Sunday evening a Memorial Oak Grove tree-sitter fell from the supply-line that is used to ferry food, water and people into and out of the tree-sit protest. The traverse-line was created after the university erected a fence around the tree-sitters and spans from a tree inside the fenced in area to a tree outside the fence. Nathaniel Hill, the fallen tree-sitter, was moving on the traverse line to meet his father, Carl Hill, who had come from the east coast to visit his son. Hill was taken to Highland Hospital where he was treated for a...
  • A million L.A. trees: Will they take root?

    09/25/2007 5:28:53 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 60 replies · 72+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | September 25, 2007 | David Zahniser
    Monica Barra went to South Los Angeles last month to attend a jazz festival. She went home with a free tree, a one-gallon African sumac that she lugged around on a Sunday afternoon past the shops and restaurants of Leimert Park. The college senior took the tree on an impulse, though each tree recipient was required to fill out a "pledge to plant," a form smaller than an index card and a signature feature of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to plant 1 million trees across Los Angeles. "I just really like having trees and plants where I'm living," said Barra,...
  • Forest Service considers thinning near Estes Park ( reduce destructive wildfire potential )

    09/09/2007 7:21:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies · 533+ views
    Loveland Reporter-Herald ^ | September 09, 2007 | Ann Depperschmidt
    U.S. Forest Service officials have released a plan to reduce destructive wildfire potential on about 8,100 acres of forest land east of Estes Park. The goal of the Thompson River Fuel Reduction Project is to reduce the spread and intensity of wildfires that could affect private property and municipal water supplies in and around the Big and Little Thompson rivers and to protect the forest’s ecosystem. Historically, small fires thinned forest undergrowth and kept the chances for a large wildfire to a minimum. But through much of the 20th century, people suppressed those fires. That left a more dense undergrowth,...
  • Midler wrongly fells 200 Hawaii trees

    08/21/2007 9:04:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,678+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/21/07 | AP
    LIHUE, Hawaii - Bette Midler cut down more than 230 trees around one of her properties on the island of Kauai without a permit, and the state has recommended she be fined. The staff of the Board of Land and Natural Resources recommended $6,500 in fines for having the trees felled and for building a graded road without permits required for the land zoned for conservation use. The singer and actress will pay the fines and will follow a replanting program, her attorney Max W. J. Graham said. The actress and movie star, who was born in Honolulu, didn't realize...
  • Trees Won't Fix Global Warming

    08/12/2007 6:32:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies · 1,073+ views on yahoo ^ | 8/12/07 | Andrea Thompson
    The plan to use trees as a way to suck up and store the extra carbon dioxide emitted into Earth's atmosphere to combat global warming isn't such a hot idea, new research indicates. Scientists at Duke University bathed plots of North Carolina pine trees in extra carbon dioxide every day for 10 years and found that while the trees grew more tissue, only the trees that received the most water and nutrients stored enough carbon dioxide to offset the effects of global warming. The Department of Energy-funded project, called the Free Air Carbon Enrichment (FACE) experiment, compared four pine forest...
  • Rare fossilized cypress trees found in Hungary

    08/02/2007 8:29:50 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 29 replies · 4,460+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 31, 9:19 AM ET | U/A
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian scientists said on Tuesday they have discovered a group of fossilized swamp cypress trees preserved from 8 million years ago which could provide clues about the climate of pre-historic times. Instead of petrifying -- turning to stone -- the wood of 16 Taxodium trees was preserved in an open-cast coal mine allowing geologists to study samples as if they were sections cut from a piece of living wood. "The importance of the findings is that so many trees got preserved in their original position in one place," Alfred Dulai, geologist at the Hungarian Natural History Museum...
  • N.H. Chestnut Tree May Rebirth Species

    07/18/2007 6:39:48 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 35 replies · 377+ views
    AP via ^ | July 18, 2007 | Staff Reporter
    -- A healthy American chestnut tree discovered on a New Hampshire farm may serve as the "mother tree" to bring back a species nearly wiped out by Asian blight.The tree was found on a 125-acre parcel owned by Bill and Nancy Yates. Bill Yates remembers 60 years ago when American chestnuts lined the road near his home before the tree was all but wiped out on the Eastern seaboard. American Chestnut Foundation officials hope to use the tree as a way to bring the tree back to New Hampshire. Leila Pinchot, the foundation's New England science coordinator, pollinated the 40-foot...
  • It's Yellow Ribbon Time -- NOW!

    05/15/2007 5:02:22 PM PDT · by varina davis · 6 replies · 502+ views
    self ^ | May 15, 2007 | Self
    It's time for every patriotric American to wrap their trees with yellow ribbons and send a message to terrorists and Washington that we support our troops. I have a yellow ribbon around my tree for my grandson in Baghdad, but I intend to display another one for our captured, wounded, and KIA troops and for those serving in all foreign lands, but particularly Iraq and Pakistan. I hope all Freepers will join me in sending this message of support. Please, let's beribbon as many trees in America as possible. Thank you all.
  • Killer Trees

    04/18/2007 6:43:54 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 16 replies · 1,063+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 18 April 2007 | Staff
    Climate Change: Ronald Reagan once declared that air pollution comes from trees. He was right then and he's right now. Psssst: Trees can also contribute to global warming. Reagan's famous statement contributed to the conventional wisdom that Republicans are ignorant or uncaring or both on environmental issues. It also earned the Gipper considerable derision. His former press secretary, James Brady, once grabbed the president as they flew over a forest and said in mock alarm, "Look, Mr. President — killer trees!" Turns out, Reagan was right. Planting trees are said to be food for the environment and a tool to...
  • Scout leads effort to plant trees at veterans cemetery

    04/01/2007 12:12:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 304+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Andrew Cook’s tree-planting project came to life Saturday, as volunteers worked at an area veterans cemetery. Cook, 16, organized the project as part of his efforts to gain one of the highest honors in Boy Scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout. “I’ve been a Life Scout for three years, and this is something I needed to get done,” said Cook, who came up with a project to beautify the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery. “My mom always said I should go plant trees at the cemetery. But this project way exceeded my expectations.” The Buena High School...
  • Carbon Offsets: The Real "Risky Scheme"

    03/21/2007 8:06:03 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 33 replies · 1,039+ views
    Various | 3/21/07 | Reaganesque
    All the media coverage of how we can live a green life, got me to thinking. According to the USDA:"Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere." Such a claim deserves some investigation. This is what I found. According to British Airways, a single round-trip flight of a 747-400D between London and NY puts 1.26 metric tons of CO2 per passenger into the atmosphere. This is 1260 kg/person. Again, according to the USDA, The average tree can take an average of 5.9 kg of CO2 out of the atmosphere per year....
  • Beetle eats salt cedar plague ( tamarisk )

    03/19/2007 5:20:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,616+ views
    Cortez Journal ^ | March 15, 2007 | SHANNON LIVICK
    Insect could help fight spread of tamarisk. residents who have battled with the invasive tamarisk, or salt cedar, could find relief in the form of a beetle. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is introducing a beetle - the only known natural enemy of the tamarisk. The beetle comes from Asia, where tamarisk first originated. The tamarisk is an invasive, nonnative plant that was originally brought to the United States from Asia to control erosion. But the noxious shrub is said to cover 10,000 acres in Montezuma County. It can have roots that run as deep as 100 feet and can...
  • Fattah announces his plan for trees and energy savings

    03/05/2007 7:24:58 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 15 replies · 342+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Mar. 05, 2007 | Cynthia Burton
    Fattah announces his plan for trees and energy savings By Cynthia Burton Inquirer Staff Writer Democratic mayoral candidate U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah promised to be the man of 100,000 trees and many, many grass-covered roofs as he presented a plan that assumes he wins the 2007 mayoral race and the one in 2011.Yesterday at Bartram's Garden, the homestead of the city's legendary horticulturist, Fattah outlined his environmental proposal, which he said would lower the heat in summer, soak up floodwaters in spring, and save money year-round through energy efficiencies.Fattah's environmental outline reflects many of the ideas compiled by the Next...
  • Reagan the Environmentalist and Polluting Trees

    03/03/2007 9:29:04 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 4 replies · 448+ views
    Republicans are often wrongly labeled anti-environment by their liberal opponents and their records distorted. Take for example Ronald Reagan who was skewered for saying trees contributed to pollution. We now know he was right.Trees emit more hydrocarbons than cars. Some produce so much pollen that there is a campaign in the Southwest to rid the region of cedars. You can be fined $500 in Albuquerque for planting or selling cedars. And the EPA still doesn’t adequately consider natural “pollution” in its regulations. Considering that natural pollution sources often far exceed man-made varieties one can understand the lunacy of the claims...
  • Trees and crops reclaim desert in Niger [because they started allowing private ownership]

    02/11/2007 2:44:30 PM PST · by grundle · 12 replies · 853+ views
    Intrnational Herald Tribune ^ | February 11, 2007 | Lydia Polgreen
    In this dust-choked region, long seen as an increasingly barren wasteland decaying into desert, millions of trees are flourishing, thanks in part to poor farmers whose simple methods cost little or nothing at all. These gains, moreover, have come at a time when the population of Niger has exploded, confounding the conventional wisdom that population growth leads to the loss of trees and accelerates land degradation, scientists studying Niger say. From colonial times, all trees in Niger had been regarded as the property of the state, which gave farmers little incentive to protect them. Trees were chopped for firewood or...
  • Lively Overview of Tu B'shevat

    02/02/2007 10:15:06 AM PST · by APRPEH · 118+ views ^ | for 15 Shevat | Rabbi Avi Geller
    The tree as a metaphor for personal growth. Tom was about to collapse. Three days of trekking through the desolate desert had taken its toll: fatigued and parched from a thirst that only a barren stretch of wilderness could produce. The sun blazing overhead was making his head spin. His stomach constantly reminded him of how empty it was. How long had it been since he had partaken of a decent meal? Just when he could barely take it anymore Tom noticed something looming ahead on the horizon. Could that really be a fruit tree? It must be a mirage...
  • Merry Christmas!

    12/25/2006 4:41:59 AM PST · by ExGeeEye · 7 replies · 361+ views
    December 25, 2006 | Meeeeeee!
  • Sanity Regained: Christmas trees at SeaTac RETURNED

    12/12/2006 6:38:09 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 28 replies · 794+ views
    MSN/Seattle P-I ^ | 12-12-06 | John Iwasaki
    The Christmas spirit has returned to Sea-Tac Airport. The Port of Seattle, which had been battered internationally for removing 14 Christmas trees last week in response to a rabbi's threat of a federal lawsuit, began reinstalling the displays Monday night.
  • America Supports You: Trees for Troops Brings Christmas to Ike

    12/07/2006 8:59:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 165+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Seaman Shanika Futrell, USN
    ABOARD USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, Dec. 7, 2006 -- Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower have received eight natural Christmas trees from “Trees for Troops.” Trees for Troops started in Columbus, Ohio, when Federal Express joined forces with the Ohio Christmas Tree Association’s “Operation Evergreen” to donate more than 200 Christmas trees to deployed servicemembers. “I received an e-mail from 5th Fleet’s chaplain that said there were 20 trees donated from Trees for Troops,” Cmdr. John Maurice, Ike’s command chaplain, said. “I then contacted the supply officer and Sara Dowell, the ‘fun boss,’ so we...
  • Go outside and play

    09/15/2006 8:03:06 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 364+ views
    Plain Dealer ^ | Friday, September 15, 2006 | Susan Glaser
    Go outside and play That's the advice nature educators have for increasingly reined-in kids and their very protective parents Friday, September 15, 2006 Susan Glaser Plain Dealer Reporter When Steve Cadwell was a kid, he had the North Chagrin Reservation in his back yard, and he used to disappear for hours. "My mom said, 'Go outside, and don't come back until the streetlights are on,' " said Cadwell, 47, now executive director of the Nature Center of Shaker Lakes. Rare is the mother who issues that directive these days. Thanks to everything from fears about stranger danger to video...

    09/08/2006 6:27:00 PM PDT · by Lydo · 32 replies · 1,080+ views
    THE SCARSDLE INQUIRER | September 8, 2007
    Dear Editor: I read with interest the remarks by Scarsdale’s Deputy Superintendent of Public Works, Neil Blitz, in the Scarsdale Inquirer's September 1st front-page story entitled "Don't Touch Any Trees in the Right of Way". According to Mr. Blitz, "Nobody is supposed to do anything in the right of way. Homeowners are absolutely not allowed to prune or remove trees in the right of way - although they are required to maintain the lawn...." In Mr. Blitz’s novel interpretation of the law, homeowners in Scarsdale, New York have absolutely no property rights whatsoever in the 13 feet of their front...
  • Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids

    08/18/2006 11:46:51 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 427+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | August 16, 2006 | Jim Stiles
    Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids by jim stiles August 16, 2006 No matter how old I live to be, there will never be a place so full of mystery and adventure as a place of my childhood called The Woods. The stories that grew out of those trees still kindle powerful feelings, even after all these years. My friends and I knew the place was haunted. It had no boundaries, and in our 10-year-old minds, it went on forever. Jump ahead a few decades to a familiar topic: the commercialization of wilderness. What created the demand for such...
  • Rocket damages: 60 years for forests to regenerate

    08/09/2006 7:41:00 PM PDT · by APRPEH · 21 replies · 624+ views
    YNET ^ | 08.09.06 | Ynet reporters
    Some 750,000 trees have burned due to fires ignited by rockets landing in open areas. JNF estimates damages stand at NIS 36 million Ynet reporters Rocket damages beyond casualties and property: The fires sparked when rockets hit open areas in the north have scorched large forested areas, and according to the Jewish National Fund, it will take 60 years for the forests to regenerate. Altogether, in the 29 days of fighting, some 750,000 trees have burned, including oak, pine, pistachio and others. Direct damage stood at no less than NIS 36 million. On Wednesday a number rockets landed in open...
  • Want healthier kids? Send them outside

    07/31/2006 2:39:24 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 256+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | Monday, July 31, 2006 | JASON KING
    Want healthier kids? Send them outside BY JASON KING Daily Herald Staff Writer Posted Monday, July 31, 2006 Sean Taylor watched as 5-year-old son Payton played "snake tag" with other children at the Grant Woods Forest Preserve in Lake Villa. The father and son were participating in the Lake County Forest Preserve District's Knee High Naturalist program, which focused on snakes that day. Taylor said he wants his son to play outdoors as much as possible and, luckily, Payton loves to do so. "If he stays inside all day, at night he's just crazy," said Taylor, of Lake Villa. "He...
  • Parts of U.S. West Bar Tree-Cutting on Private Land

    07/31/2006 4:14:28 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 12 replies · 788+ views
    Environmental News Network ^ | July 27, 2006 | Laura Zuckerman, Reuters
    SALMON, Idaho — In a state where pine and fir outnumber residents, the loss of several privately owned spruces should hardly excite attention, let alone spark a crusade emblematic of a new trend to protect trees on private land. But in the ski community of Ketchum, Idaho, a seasonal home for the rich and famous and the last resting place of writer Ernest Hemingway, a developer's plan to cut down three towering conifers on his property spurred the city to issue an emergency order last month outlawing the felling of mature trees. Resident Lara Babalis wanted additional assurances. She spent...
  • Tires help urban sidewalks bounce back

    07/25/2006 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jonesboheim · 9 replies · 454+ views
    AP ^ | 7/24/06 | AP
    For reasons of safety and ease of maintenance, Washington and dozens of other communities are installing rubber sidewalks made of ground-up tires. The rubber squares are up to three times more expensive than concrete slabs but last longer, because tree roots and freezing weather won't crack them. That, in turn, could reduce the number of slip-and-fall lawsuits filed over uneven pavement. And the rubber sidewalks are considered more environmentally friendly: They offer a way to recycle some of the estimated 290 million tires thrown out each year in the United States, and they do not constrict tree roots the way...
  • Trees could grow in Antarctica within century: scientist (sounds lovely)

    07/12/2006 3:22:39 PM PDT · by goalinestan · 69 replies · 853+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 7/12/06 | not listed
    SYDNEY (AFP) - Trees could be growing in the Antarctic within a century because of global warming, an international scientific conference heard. With carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere set to double in the next 100 years, the icy continent could revert to how it looked about 40 million years ago, said Professor Robert Dunbar of Stanford University. "It was warm and there were bushes and there were trees," he told some 850 delegates in the Tasmanian capital Hobart, the national AAP news agency reported. The delegates are attending the combined meetings of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and...
  • China con man proves money doesn't grow on trees

    07/10/2006 8:38:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 273+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/10/06 | Reuters
    BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man who conned dozens of farmers out of 2 million yuan (135,770 pounds) to grow trees he said would be used in the 2008 Olympics has been jailed for 12 years, a Chinese newspaper said on Tuesday. Liu Lutang was barking up the wrong tree when he duped more than 50 farmers into contracts to buy saplings of a maple tree for 20 yuan ($2.50) each, promising them he would buy them back at a higher price after six months, the Beijing News said. "He told the farmers (they) would be used in the Olympics,"...
  • Rare American Chestnut Trees Discovered

    05/18/2006 7:10:14 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 63 replies · 2,029+ views
    AP ^ | 05/18/06 | ELLIOTT MINOR
    ALBANY, Ga. - A stand of American chestnut trees that somehow escaped a blight that killed off nearly all their kind in the early 1900s has been discovered along a hiking trail not far from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Little White House at Warm Springs. The find has stirred excitement among those working to restore the American chestnut, and raised hopes that scientists might be able to use the pollen to breed hardier chestnut trees. "There's something about this place that has allowed them to endure the blight," said Nathan Klaus, a biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources...
  • New beetle invasion may end in sad song for trees on mesa ( Eco-nut lawyers vs foresters )

    05/08/2006 7:17:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 716+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | May 08, 2006 | SALLY SPAULDING
    While beetles at low levels always exist on Grand Mesa National Forest, some foresters worry the area may be on the verge of a beetle disaster. “It’s at the edge of possibly blowing up and killing a lot of trees,” said forester Kitty Tattersall of the Paonia and Grand Valley ranger districts. “We’re worried it could become a problem.” Mostly, foresters are concerned about the spruce beetle, whose outbreaks are normally triggered by blowdowns. Last October, violent winds toppled trees near the Alexander Lake area on the mesa, creating the potential for a spruce beetle epidemic. Spruce beetles usually emerge...
  • Man to pay $50,000 fine killing trees at Lake Tahoe

    04/27/2006 11:37:02 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 94 replies · 1,940+ views
    AP via Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 27, 2006
    A California business executive has agreed to pay a $50,000 fine for poisoning trees to enhance the view from his Lake Tahoe home...
  • Teheran park 'cleansed' of traces from nuclear site (more than 7,000 trees cut)

    03/06/2006 2:11:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 650+ views
    telegraph uk ^ | Mar. 6, 2006
    Teheran park 'cleansed' of traces from nuclear site By Con Coughlin, Defence and Security Editor (Filed: 06/03/2006) Iran's Revolutionary Guards have taken the extraordinary step of cutting down thousands of trees in Teheran to prevent United Nations inspectors from finding traces of enriched uranium from a top-secret nuclear plant. News of last month's cleansing operation comes as the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-member board meets in Vienna today to decide whether Iran should be reported to the United Nations Security Council for failing to comply with its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. According to western intelligence sources, more than...
  • Two more held in arson at tree farm(eco-terrorists ranks being thinned)

    02/23/2006 5:56:05 PM PST · by crazyhorse691 · 28 replies · 1,440+ views ^ | 2/23/2006, 3:33 p.m. PT | unattributed
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal grand jury in Eugene on Thursday indicted two more people in the 2001 arson at a Clatskanie tree farm, court officials said, bringing the number charged in the case to six. In all 14 people are charged in what government prosecutors describe as an arson conspiracy across several Western states over five years. Nathan Frazer Block, 24, and Joyanna L. Zacher, 28, were arrested Thursday in Olympia, Wash., after the 14-count indictments were handed up. Advertisement Government attorneys will seek their return to Eugene to face trial, said Karin Immergut, U.S. Attorney for Oregon....
  • Plant Amnesty...( THE HORROR!)

    01/20/2006 11:48:26 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 2 replies · 235+ views
    Plant Amnesty ^ | 1/20/2006 | Plant Amnesty
    PlantAmnesty was founded on October 22, 1987, by Cass Turnbull. PlantAmnesty’s mission is to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs. Stop Shear Madness! Pruning Horror View The Madness Gallery To accomplish our mission we: * promote awareness and respect for plants. * encourage proper pruning techniques. * alert and educate the public. * improve landscape management practices. * volunteer in our communities. * provide a free referral/reference service.
  • 'Compensate Palestinians for uprooted trees' [Forget About Dead Jews]

    12/29/2005 2:06:51 PM PST · by Alouette · 18 replies · 499+ views
    YNet News ^ | Dec. 29, 2005 | Hanan Greenberg
    Defense Minister Mofaz outraged by reports of uprooted Palestinians trees; orders investigation, says compensation possible If it turned out that Israelis were involved in the uprooting of olive trees belonging to Palestinians, the victims of the acts would receive compensation from the Israeli government, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Thursday. The subject of uprooted trees came up at a meeting between the defense minister, Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, and security officials. The meeting also dealt with Qassam rocket firings, and the situation on the northern border. In the course of the meeting, it was reported that over 1,000 olive...
  • New Yorkers Send Christmas Trees to Troops in the Middle East (This will warm your heart)

    12/14/2005 4:42:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 383+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Journalist 2nd Class Cassandra Thompson
    MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- One thousand Christmas trees arrived in Bahrain Dec. 12 to be delivered to forward-deployed service members in the Middle East. This is the second year in a row that New York businesses and veterans have coordinated with DHL, a worldwide shipping service, to fly Christmas trees to military members in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Bahrain. Bill Ashton, DHL assistant local affairs director for the Middle East, said DHL planes routinely fly to Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan delivering letters and gifts to troops in the area. When DHL was approached in 2004 by New York businessman Jim...
  • Researchers discover trees in Amazon much older than assumed (Not as helpful with global warming)

    12/13/2005 10:56:43 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 17 replies · 1,160+ views
    Today@UCI ^ | December 8, 2005 | Staff
    Older trees may have less capacity for taking in carbon dioxide Irvine, Calif., December 8, 2005 Trees in the Amazon tropical forests are old. Really old, in fact, which comes as a surprise to a team of American and Brazilian researchers studying tree growth in the world’s largest tropical region. Using radiocarbon dating methods, the team, which includes UC Irvine’s Susan Trumbore, found that up to half of all trees greater than 10 centimeters in diameter are more than 300 years old. Some of the trees, Trumbore said, are as much as 750 to 1,000 years old. Study results appear...