June 20, 2008

Quick Links for Tree Aficionados


I couldn't pass this link without sharing it with my readership. Its certainly not definitive, but fun nonetheless.

Magnificent Trees of the World



If you like wallpapers and trees, but haven't been able to reconcile the two, try nature wallpapers.

June 13, 2008

ScienceNews Erroneously Reports Germination of a 2000 Year Old Tree Seed

ScienceNews.org reported on Thursday that Israeli botanists helped Bar-Ilan University germinate a 2,000 year old date palm seed. The seed was part of an archeological collection, discovered when excavations in the ’60s uncovered five date pits in the Dead Sea region of Israel at Masada. The age of the seed was theorized through calibrated radiocarbon dating.

The erroneous reporting came through the term "tree" and "sapling," when ScienceNews incorrectly classified the ancient plant as a tree. Palms are not trees. They are monocots, being more closely related to a grass. Totally different.

Full story...

Storms Cause Scattered Tree Damage

Trees came down across several roads in the spotty Wednesday night storms across Atlanta metro. Although lightning was the cause of several power outages and an apartment fire, WXIA reported two arboreral incidents: a tree along Beckwith Street near the Atlanta University Center fell and landed on a car, and a huge tree limb near Glenwood Avenue came down and blocked the street.

Neither tree was a pine, of course. How is that possible?

June 7, 2008

Tree Reading for this Week

Treeconomics
Here is a great article about Greg McPherson, a project leader for the USDA Forest Service. It discusses Greg's recent experiences in urban tree research. Climate change ranting is kept to a minimum. Some of the highlights:

- Greg's research relies on systematic cost-benefit models [Persuasive!].
- Planting tree varieties that require little irrigation will generate benefits many times the initial investment.
- Tree planting efforts should not focus on the number of trees, as this can lead to putting trees in the wrong place. Maximally functional canopy is much more important.

He also reveals some of the more practical benefits of urban tree planting, in addition to the usual ho-hum carbon sequestration and property value figures. Read the full story...PDF

The Greening of America
This Washington Post article investigates the difficulties of finding planting spots for trees in dense urban areas. Full story...

On the flip side
There are well-researched methodologies for uncovering the potential spots for reforestation in urban areas. The paper...PDF

June 4, 2008

Blueberries are ready for picking. NOW.


The weather has been sweetly perfect for berries this year, and Tree News just received a tip. The Thoms family farm in Griffin is ready to unleash blueberry mania. We found the big, plump, early berries that everyone craves. The prices are the same as last year: you pick a gallon for $10.00. The place is the same, also: 175 Chappell Mill Rd Griffin, GA. Betsy Thoms recommends that you call 770-461-6013 for updates on blueberry availability.

This week they will be open for picking: June 9th Monday 6-8 pm; June 11 Wed. 9-11 am; June 12 Thursday 6-8 pm; June 14 Saturday 9-11 am.

Pass this information on to your friends and family, web pages, and any where else that you think folks might like non-chemically altered, fresh blueberries.

Remember these freeze well and easily. Don’t pre-wash the berries. Just put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer long enough to freeze the berries individually, then put them in freezer bags. You will be able to enjoy the berries all year.

We look forward to seeing you on the Thoms family farm!