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2011-07-18 13:31:11

MIT researchers have created a new model that predicts maximum tree height across the U.S. According to the researchers, knowing how tall trees can grow in a region gives ecologists knowledge about the potential density of a forest and size of its tree canopy to the amount of carbon stored in woodlands and the overall health of an ecosystem. The new model takes in basic meteorological data like average annual temperature, precipitation, humidity and solar radiation.  The team said the...

2011-06-08 21:54:03

Despite being costly to initiate, root grafting can increase radial growth in jack pine trees Trees are often viewed as individuals that compete with one another for access to limited resources. But could trees in stressed environments actually benefit from positive, facultative interactions? The authors of a new paper suggest that might be the case for certain tree species"”and that it may take the form of root grafting. Natural root grafting between individuals has been observed in...

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2011-06-08 10:09:21

A new smartphone application is now available that allows any budding botanist to instantly identify tree types by snapping a picture of its leaf, reports the Associated Press (AP). The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. Seconds after taking the photo, the program returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree's flowers, fruit, seeds and bark. Users...

2011-05-16 17:18:39

Earlier springs could enhance xylem growth in black spruce"”but colder summers could negate that With an increasingly warmer climate, there is a trend for springs to arrive earlier and summers to be hotter. Since spring and summer are the prime growing seasons for plants"”when flowers bloom and trees increase in girth and height"”do these climate changes mean greater seasonal growth for plants? This is a critical question for forest management, especially in the boreal...

2011-05-01 00:09:06

Redwoods on Google Earth 3D Trees for the First Time San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 29, 2011 Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, announced today that it has partnered with iNaturalist.org to launch Redwood Watch. Redwood Watch is an international citizen-based science project that encourages people around the world to help scientists study redwoods as climate changes. By simply sharing...

2011-04-26 10:00:00

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world's most anticipated wedding this year takes place on April 29 - Arbor Day in the United States - and everyone can commemorate the Royal Wedding by planting trees in the Arbor Day Foundation's Royal Forests. To honor the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Arbor Day Foundation will be working with partners around the world to establish commemorative Arbor Day Royal Forests. Donations to the Arbor...

2011-04-26 08:00:00

RICHMOND, Va. April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Resources and its award-winning environmental education program, Project Plant It!, will celebrate a milestone in April with the ceremonial planting of the 100,000th tree distributed to students since the program was launched in 2007. According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, the equivalent of more than 250 acres of new forest land will be created if all 100,000-plus tree seedlings are planted and grow to maturity. Along...

2011-04-22 04:29:00

CINCINNATI, April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifteen players from Maddux Elementary's fifth grade softball team took home pine trees this evening to plant and to celebrate Earth Day. The trees were donated by Zumbiel Packaging. Charles Mace, Vice President of Zumbiel, handed out the trees to the players after practice. The two year-old White Pine seedlings were in planters made from the soft drink boxes that Zumbiel Packaging produces. Mr. Mace demonstrated how to plant a tree, and he...

2011-04-19 09:42:00

PHILADELPHIA and NEBRASKA CITY, Neb., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Neat® Company, developers of user-friendly scanning hardware and software solutions, and the Arbor Day Foundation today announced a joint partnership to help reforest our nation's woodlands and to encourage people everywhere to reduce paper consumption. During the month of April, for every free Taming the Paper Monster e-book that is downloaded on Neatco.com, The Neat Company will make a monetary...

2011-04-18 12:23:00

ALLENTOWN, Pa., April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PPL Electric Utilities has been recognized as a Tree Line USA utility for its vegetation management program and community educational efforts. The award comes from the National Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters. PPL Electric Utilities met the five requirements for being a Tree Line USA utility: Using industry best practices for quality tree care. Training workers annually in tree care...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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