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2008-07-22 00:00:25

By > JOSH SISKIN I would like some advice on what kind of tree I should plant in my front yard for shade. I live in Mira Loma (Riverside County), where it is very hot in the summer and cold and windy in the winter months. I would like something fast-growing and preferably evergreen that would not hurt my plumbing. One last thing: My yard is small, so the tree should not be too large. >Rachelle Romero, Mira Loma Most evergreen trees are not known for producing shade. Exceptions...

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2008-07-16 09:15:00

Amy Gannon, hatchet in hand, sliced a slab of bark from a lodgepole pine tree near Wolf Creek, Mont., and quickly spotted a mountain pine beetle larva no bigger than her pinky fingernail. "This tree's done for," said Gannon, an entomologist with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. As wildfires roar through tinder-dry forests in California, the mountain pine beetle is silently killing even more trees -- hundreds of thousands of acres of towering trees, mostly...

2008-07-12 15:00:22

By Justin Cripe, Goshen News, Ind. Jul. 12--The demand for corn for fuel at the expense of our food supply has one ag expert pondering if that is a good situation. Andrew Westfall, Elkhart County Extension educator, gave a presentation during a recent St. Joseph River Basin Commission meeting regarding the demand for biofuels. Biofuels are any fuel sources that are made from biological material, most commonly plants. "There isn't a whole lot of research yet on the subject..."...

2008-07-08 09:01:01

By Mike Gellatly, Aiken Standard, S.C. Jul. 8--As fossil fuels come closer to exhaustion, reducing the world's dependence on them requires the development of new energy sources. With recent demands on corn crops causing food shortages, the greatest interests are clean, domestically produced and economically advantageous sources not made from food crops. A collaborative group of South Carolina research institutions and industries is paving the way to meet those requirements by...

2008-07-05 09:00:14

By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier, Va. Jul. 5--ABINGDON, Va. -- The region's forests are not what they used to be. Never mind old-timers' talk about the days before clear-cutting and construction; the problem is much more sinister. One by one, native tree species are falling victim to foreign insects that take no prisoners, and experts say it's only going to get worse. Walking through the woods today, it's nearly impossible to find an American chestnut, the durable hardwood...

2008-06-23 03:00:26

By Stall, Sam Not long ago, the innocuous prairie grass known to scientists as Panicum gatum was of interest only to a handful of researchers. But, in 2006, the woody perennial catapulted from eyesore to national savior. During his 2006 State of the Union Address, President Bush called the plant - better known as switchgrass - a potential biofuel powerhouse that could help end the country's dependence on foreign oil. As quickly as you can say "hype," it became the poster plant for the...

2008-06-19 09:01:00

By Jim Stafford, The Oklahoman Jun. 19--SAN DIEGO -- When Steve Rhines of the Noble Foundation searched for biofuel displays among the maze of exhibition booths at the BIO 2008 convention here Wednesday, he didn't find corn. He found switchgrass, instead. The find seemed to confirm the words of the San Diego Union-Tribune, which declared in a Page 1 story earlier this week that ethanol from corn was "yesterday's news." A second generation of biofuels created from the likes of...

2008-06-18 12:00:51

KINGSTON, ON, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Performance Plants Inc. (PPI) has announced today that it has established an American Research Center to develop specialized non-food crops for industries seeking renewable feedstocks for liquid transportation fuels, biochemicals and coal replacement. The facility, located in Waterloo, New York, will develop biomass feedstocks adapted to maximize cellulose energy productivity per acre on land less suitable for food or feed production. These crops will...

2008-06-17 09:01:03

CleanTech Biofuels, Inc. (OTCBB: CLTH) is pleased to announce a growing number of executive interviews being conducted with media regarding the key role CleanTech Biofuels' cellulosic ethanol technology can play to help alleviate US foreign dependency for oil by developing biofuels sourced from municipal solid waste. Aurora Venture Communications Group is now featuring an online webcast audio interview with Mr. Michael Kime, COO of CleanTech Biofuels, Inc., who also Co-Wrote and Co-Produced...

2008-06-10 09:01:02

Dear Shareholder: As the new Interim CEO of Gulf Ethanol (PINKSHEETS: GFET), I want to take a few moments to talk to you as one of the owners and shareholders of the Corporation. In every change of leadership, a company adjusts its course to work toward improving its performance in order to maximize the benefits to its shareholders. During my term in leadership, I expect to keep in touch with you as shareholders as often as possible and keep you up to date on developments within the...


Latest Flora of the United States Reference Libraries

Virginia Pine, Pinus virginiana, pollen cones
2014-05-19 09:44:09

Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana) grows in southern New York from Long Island and continues through the Appalachian Mountains to western Tennessee and Alabamain elevations as high as 2953 feet. This tree is also known as the scrub pine, spruce pine, or Jersey pine. The Harvard Arboretum in Boston, MA has cultivated Virginia pine on display. The Virginia pine is a medium sized tree growing from 29.5 – 59 feet tall with some getting as tall as 105 feet in perfect conditions. This tree grows...

Ponderosa Pine, Pinus ponderosa
2014-05-16 11:05:52

Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) is native to western North America in sixteen states as well as southern British Columbia, Canada. This tree is also known as the bull pine, blackjack pine, or western pitch, red and yellow pine, as well as Yosemite pine. The Ponderosa pine grows at sea level up to 9843 feet above sea level and can live 300-600 years. This pine is one of the largest pine trees growing to heights of 235 feet and can achieve a trunk diameter of 324 inches. The bark of mature...

Pond Pine, Pinus serotina
2014-05-16 10:40:26

Pond Pine (Pinus serotina) grows in the United States along the Atlantic coast from southern New Jersey south to Florida then west to southern Alabama. This pine grows in wet ground near ponds, and swamps and is also known as the marsh pine or pocosin pine. The pond pine is a small tree growing to heights of 82 feet with a trunk diameter of 2.6 feet. The tree tends to grow crooked and has several tops at the crown. The bark is scaly and reddish brown in color. The needles grow in bundles...

Lodgepole Pine, Pinus contorta
2014-04-27 08:06:16

Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) is found in western North America in the upper mountains and subalpine regions of Colorado’s northern Rocky Mountains. This tree is considered to be invasive in New Zealand. This tree is also known as the shore pine, twisted pine, and contorta pine as well as black pine, scrub pine, and coast pine. The Lodgepole pine grows best between 8000 and 10,000 feet above sea level. They like to grow in well-drained, slightly acidic, sandy soils on gentle south...

Knobcone Pine Cone, Pinus attenuata
2014-04-27 07:44:40

Knobcone pine (Pinus attenuata) grows in the mountains of southern Oregon to Baja California. This tree is usually found in pure stands but can mix in with the Bishop pine and the Monterey pine along the Oregon-California coastline. This tree grows in shallow rocky infertile soil. The knobcone pine is a relatively short lived tree living 75-100 years. The Knobcone pine grows at sea level up to 5500 feet in elevation and is a short to medium tree growing to heights of 26-79 feet with a...

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