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2008-12-17 15:34:03

A Washington state man ordered to tear down an elaborate tree house overlooking a river can keep it after reaching a compromise, county officials say. King County officials had earlier ordered Pete Nelson, of Fall City, Wash., to remove his high-end tree house, built with cedar siding and maple floors, because the Sitka spruce it was perched in was too close to the Raging River and presented a flooding danger, the Seattle Times reported. But after their order to demolish the structure drew...

2008-08-20 10:05:00

Scientists have found that the ground is drying out in a 13,700-year-old peat bog, just another sign, they say, of the Earth's warming climate. Ecologist Ed Berg says the peat bog is turning into forest. "There has been a big change," Berg said. Core samples taken from the bog show moss nearly 22 feet under the ground, with no sign of trees or shrubs growing here for centuries, Berg said. The bog could be covered by black spruce trees during the next 50 years, he said. Alaska is one state,...

2008-08-18 12:00:28

By Ben Sutherly Staff Writer MIAMI TWP., Montgomery County -- In March, Rick Stanforth noticed the upper limb of a pine showing signs of stress at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. By May, more limbs were dying and on Aug. 7, workers cut the pine down. It was one of 30 droughtstressed trees to die in the past two years at the park. Last summer, the Miami Valley was in the midst of near-drought conditions and the damage is revealing itself this summer. Stanforth, the new park manager, said he...

2008-06-27 03:02:28

By Lori Stahl and Kent Fischer, The Dallas Morning News Jun. 27--Dallas school district trustees were under fire from a standing-room-only crowd Thursday evening. Teachers were upset about their pay, students were angry about losing their school and supporters of a past board president left frustrated. Approval of a $1.2 billion 2008-09 budget paled in comparison to the passion the other topics inspired. A decision to shift many students away from Spruce High School upset many in the...

2008-06-20 09:00:17

By Carol O'Meara Stand in their presence and it seems they anchor the world, their branches heavy in green yet light with air. Coddling is not for them; they prefer independence, and shrug off the care their deciduous companions demand. From spruces to ponderosas, firs to bristlecones, conifers form the backdrop of our gardens, and Colorado loves them. Bring them into your landscape and give them the tough spots - they'll be happy with the challenge. "The beauty of conifers is that there...

2008-04-11 14:30:00

A cluster of spruces found in the mountains of western Sweden may be the world's oldest living trees.An estimated 8,000 years old, the Norway spruces were discovered high on a mountain side, which scientists believe protected them from dangers such as logging.According to Umea University Professor Leif Kullman, carbon dating of the trees conducted in a Miami, Florida laboratory showed the oldest of the spruce's first set root about 8,000 years ago, making them the world's oldest known living...

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2007-12-27 09:38:32

The Blue Spruce or Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens), is a species of spruce native to western North America, from southeast Idaho and southwest Wyoming, south through Utah and Colorado to Arizona and New Mexico. It grows at high altitudes from 6,000 to 10,000 feet in altitude, though unlike Engelmann Spruce in the same area, it does not reach the alpine tree-line. It is most commonly found growing along stream sides in mountain valleys, where moisture levels in the soil are greater than the...

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Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'