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Agriculture & Natural Resources Updates for Fannin & Gilmer Counties


  • A symbol of life amidst the dark, cold winter, this time of year millions of families will be decorating their homes with evergreen trees to celebrate the holiday season. The history of the Christmas tree is fascinating, with Germany being credited for starting the tradition in the 16th century. Despite their rise of popularity in…

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  • November has brought us some cooler weather, and with it the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors without the intense heat of summer. The fall color this season has been stunning and as more leaves senesce and dapple the forest floor, I’m reminded of another phase of fall. A short-lived time just after what most folks…

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  • Rosellinia Image

    Over the past few weeks I’ve received numerous calls and emails from clients concerned over the welfare of their beloved hemlock trees. The trees of concern have all been described as having browning needles and dieback. Despite having been treated for the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, these trees do not seem to be doing well. So,…

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  • Fallen Tree Image

    Hurricane Ida brought devastating flood and storm damage to Louisiana, but neighboring states, including Georgia, also had their fair share of action from resulting severe weather. While I remind myself that “things could have been worse” we still have some storm damage in North Georgia, and I’ve already had several calls from concerned homeowners wondering…

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  • Calling all foresters, forest managers, arborists, private landowners, etc. This UGA Extension Forestry and Natural Resources training is free but space is limited and pre-registration is required!

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  • Oak Tree Flagging

    The emergence of “Brood X” exceeded expectations in North Georgia, as those of us who happened to reside in the “cicada zone” observed droves of periodical cicadas emerging in huge numbers. Over the past month, the song of male periodical cicada has faded and we’re seeing less and less of these fascinating insects. When it…

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  • Hemlock Branch

    Yesterday while walking with my faithful companions Susie Q and Maggie Mae, I was admiring the signs that spring has sprung. Cast an eye into the woods and you’ll see a horde of ferns pushing their way through the leaf litter, dogwoods decorate the wood line, gracing us with their delicate blooms, and songbirds are…

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  • christmas tree

    One of my favorite holiday memories was the first Christmas my husband and I spent together. As with many young couples, we were working hard to build a life together, so to save some money we decided to take to the woods at my parent’s house to search for the perfect tree. Well, anyone who…

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  • Storm-damaged trees

    We are still recovering from Tropical Storm Zeta, and I’ve already had several calls from concerned homeowners wondering what they should do with their damaged trees. Storm-damaged trees can be dangerous to clean up, as damaged trees are subject to all the perils associated with tree felling. Working conditions may be difficult, as downed trees…

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  • Woodpeckers are highly visible snag users.

    Aside from endeavoring to identify every tree I walk past when I’m walking my beloved four-legged companions, Susie Q and Maggie Mae, I get a pretty big kick out of seeing snags and downed logs on people’s property. Yes, I’m that person looking and scouring over your landscape, but I’m not ruminating over your grass…

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