Seedling Order Form inside. In the September 2019 issue of the Missouri Conservationist is their 2019-2020 George O. White State Forest Nursery Seedling Order Form. For more information and to order seedlings online, visit mdc.mo.gov/seedlings.
Orders are accepted online September 1, 2019 thru April 15, 2020. (no phone orders are accepted) Check out the online catalog for all available seedlings.
- Ghost Forest Emerges – As the morning sun cut through a veil of fog, an ancient forest emerged from the sand, covered in sea life and enshrouded in mystery. Known as the “ghost forest” of Neskowin, this group of some 100 stumps and snags is all that’s left of a 2,000-year-old stand of Sitka spruce, once buried by an earthquake, now revered as one of the most remarkable natural phenomena in Oregon. 08/21/2019
New Resources Available on Identifying and Controlling Tree-of-Heaven
With recent efforts to combat the threat of spotted lanternfly Penn State Extension has recently completed several useful resources to help with the identification and control of tree-of-heaven, commonly referred to as Ailanthus. 07/20/2019
Penn State Xylarium – As well as a flourishing library, the school by 1909 had a wood collection containing specimens of nearly all of Pennsylvania’s native trees and large shrubs. For each species, cross sections and radial and tangential sections had been prepared to show the gross appearance of the wood. The next step was the preservation of samples in alcohol and glycerin so that sections suitable for microscopic examination could be cut. These latter sections were to be especially useful in the study of timber physics (wood technology).” E.H. Thomas, “A History of the Pennsylvania State Forestry School, 1903 – 1929. 07/20/2019
Radio Lab – From Tree to Shining Tree
Forest can feel like a place of great stillness and quiet. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city at rush hour. In this story, a dog introduces us to a strange creature that burrows beneath forests, building an underground network where deals are made and lives are saved (and lost) in a complex web of friendships, rivalries, and business relations. It’s a network that scientists are only just beginning to untangle and map, and it’s not only turning our understanding of forests upside down, it’s leading some researchers to rethink what it means to be intelligent. 06/12/2019
Thirty Three Wood Art Sculptures from everywhere found in an email. Click any photo to enlarge.
Almost Extinct Tree Could Provide Powerful Cancer Fighting Properties Currently, on a nature reserve in Southeastern China, three Abies beshanzuensis, or Chinese fir trees sit untouched as the last of their kind.
Threatened by the changing climate and human disturbance in the surrounding area, researchers are racing against the extinction-clock to better understand these trees, as they could inspire powerful new ways to treat various cancers. 01/28/2019
Michael Blankenship was an invited lecturer/demonstrator for the annual IWCS meeting in St. Charles, Illinois, USA. He is a completely blind wood turner. He was a woodworker all of his life but never turned wood into bowls until he became blind in 2003. He taught himself to turn wood by listening to videos. Michael gets his wood to turn his unique and one of a kind bowls from urban logs or trees that would have ended up in landfills. He believes in recycling logs to make useful and beautiful bowls. Michael has been demonstrating for various symposiums and clubs throughout the country. He has been showing his techniques and methods so that all turners despite their disabilities won’t give up their love of turning as well as inspire others to start turning. 01/12/2019
Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It didn’t work. Too much pine and not enough saw mills spell years of depressed prices for plantations.STARKVILLE, Miss.—Over the past hundred years, the George family’s farm has been sharecropped, grazed by cattle and planted with cotton. By the late 1980s, Clayton George was growing soybeans and struggling to make ends meet. 10/11/2018