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New stories from The Treetalker

First, a 250 year old Bur oak gets moved at the Ann Arbor campus of the U of Michigan to make way for the expansion of the Ross Business School – controversial, because it was pricey to do, but in the immortal words of George Pope Morris, “Woodman, spare that tree!”

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Also, a lovely slide show of the Bristlecone pine, photos courtesy of Linda and Dr. Dick Busher. Check out my website for that:

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Also some additional stories you may find of interest:

A CSIRO test plant in Australia has broken a world record and proved solar power could efficiently replace fossil fuels. “… this step proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources,” says Dr. Alex Wonhas, CSIRO’s Energy Director.

orchard2Research is being done to ascertain the role of various antibiotic-producing soil microbes in the composition and variety of tree species in tropical rainforests.

And—seems to be catching on, this— The U of Pennsylvania community is coming together to plant a campus orchard. These guys aren’t the first, and hopefully won’t be the last.

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New stories from The Treetalker

First, a 250 year old Bur oak gets moved at the Ann Arbor campus of the U of Michigan to make way for the expansion of the Ross Business School – controversial, because it was pricey to do, but in the immortal words of George Pope Morris, “Woodman, spare that tree!”

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Also, a lovely slide show of the Bristlecone pine, photos courtesy of Linda and Dr. Dick Busher. Check out my website for that:

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

Also some additional stories you may find of interest:

A CSIRO test plant in Australia has broken a world record and proved solar power could efficiently replace fossil fuels. “… this step proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources,” says Dr. Alex Wonhas, CSIRO’s Energy Director.

orchard2Research is being done to ascertain the role of various antibiotic-producing soil microbes in the composition and variety of tree species in tropical rainforests.

And—seems to be catching on, this— The U of Pennsylvania community is coming together to plant a campus orchard. These guys aren’t the first, and hopefully won’t be the last.

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Trees in the News

Retired surgeon, Dr. Salem Saloom, from Evergreen, CO, takes special pride nurturing the Longleaf Pine, a plant species wiped out by intensive commercial logging more than a century ago. His 2,200 acres of pine forest is part of an effort, spearheaded by the federal government, and supplemented by conservationists and private landowners, to restore what was once called “the Piney Woods.”
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An announcement – Researchers have found some survivors of fatal Emerald ash borer beetle infestations of our native ash trees, and are asking for the help of private citizens in finding more in areas that have NOT been treated with pesticides. See http://nrs.fs.fed.us/SurvivorAsh to describe the whereabouts of ash trees they believe would be candidates.

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And a slideshow of some of the most magnificent trees in the world.unnamed-18 unnamed-8

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New Stories on The Treetalker

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How Environmentalism Can Help Stop Eboladeforestation is making the situation worse by bringing humans in contact with the animals that carry the virus, since loss of habitat leaves them with nowhere to go.

 

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Moose Drool Detoxifies Fungus – Moose and reindeer saliva can help slow the growth of a toxic grass fungus, and subsequently make it less toxic for them, alowing the animals to graze on the grass without negative effects.

 

Wasp Recruited to Fight Invasive Beetle – U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers have released tiny parasitic wasps in forests in Maryland to attack the emerald ash borer, an invader from China that is devastating forests across the Northern United States.

 

Surfboard Builder Finds Gold in Albizia Wood – Gary Young turns the wood of an invasive species into light, strong surfboards.

 

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The Treetalker

This has been a big week – Earth Day and Arbor Day all at once.

The first Arbor Day was held in Spain in 1805. Today, it is celebrated all over the world, but on different dates, as is Earth Day. I guess the easiest thing to do is plant a tree, but (just to put in my 2 cents) plant one that’s native to your area, so it has a chance to survive! Read more about both occasions at my website.

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News from The Treetalker

Two stories from TreeCanada:

TREE CANADA’S 10,000 TREE CHALLENGE
“We are asking all Canadians to join the Tree Canada 10,000 Tree Challenge in an effort to reach 10,000 trees by Earth Day (April 22) 2014!”

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And, they remember short film director, Frédéric Back, who won an Oscar for ”L’homme qui Plantait des Arbres” (“The Man Who Planted Trees”). This movie resonated with many Canadians and animated film lovers around the world. It was about a shepherd’s quest to reforest a barren valley.

Also, in my blog, another Canadian story about brewing Spruce beer from old Christmas trees!

And, thoughtful comments from Spruce.

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The Treetalker

Stories this week: INDIANA SENATE COMMITTEE OK’S INDUSTRIAL HEMP BILL – now they, and 9 other states, await word from the U.S. Congress that hemp-growing will become legal again

and: ‘PLANTING TREES COULD STOP FLOODING’, says Lord Rooker, former Environment Minister for the Labour Party in the U.K. – lot of flooding been going on across the Pond, with lots more predicted – seems an obvious and simple solution, but, as we know, old practices die hard.

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more on this at my blog: facts about the plant and its history in North America, with a lot of links

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