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Conserving Working Land and FORCES Seminar & Dinners

The NC Forest Service and the the NC Wildlife Resources Commission have teamed up with NC State University Extension Forestry, with support from the USDA Forest Service, to offer forest landowners these special 2-hour workshops with dinner. If you have managed forestland in the areas around Holly Shelter Game Lands,…
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How and why trees break

Since Hurricane Hermine is coming onshore soon, there is bound to be a lot of damage to trees across the Southeast.  Here is an interesting article from Inside Science on how and why trees break.  In the case of a hurricane, a lot of tree damage also comes not from…
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Oldest tree in Europe

Scientists have recently identified the oldest tree in Europe as a Bosnian pine growing in Greece which has been measured to be at least 1,075 years old based on tree rings.  While old trees are more common in the US, they are rare in Europe because it has been populated…
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Changes in water yield from forests and forest productivity over time

USDA’s Southern Region Station posted an article recently describing changes that are likely to occur in water yield and forest productivity in a warmer climate.  You can read it at http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/compass/2016/07/26/watersheds-of-the-future-could-mirror-a-variable-climate/.  While large changes in water yield from forests are expected in parts of the US, especially in the West, the…
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Famous “Shawshank” tree falls

One of my favorite movies is “The Shawshank Redemption”, and according to IMDB, it is the highest-rated movie in their database.  One of the pivotal scenes late in the movie revolves around a secret cache hidden near an ancient oak tree.  This iconic 200-year-old tree, which was filmed in Mansfield,…
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