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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...