Monthly Archives: June 2013

Heartrot

Heartrot is a common disease in forest and yard trees, turning potentially valuable trees into standing and sometimes dangerous culls.  It is caused by a decay fungus that feeds on the wood in the center of the tree that is … Continue reading

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Plant Lore: Sourwood

Sourwood does not stand out in the forest except when it is in bloom, and perhaps in the fall when it displays brilliant red colors. Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) is also called “sorrel”, and is very common in our area.  It … Continue reading

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Finding Your Way

Humans must have wanderlust hardwired into their psyche.  Our ancestors from countless generations have always moved on to new places. Even in modern times we still yearn for new territory.  An average American will live in five homes in his … Continue reading

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Ash Mythology

The ash tree has been revered by man for centuries, and there is a lot of folklore about the tree that is still interesting to ponder.   A species of ash grew in the great northern forests of Scandinavia, and … Continue reading

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Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) needs no introduction around here.  There’s no place you can go without seeing it in some fence row, abandoned field, or empty lot.  It can also be found growing on rocky areas where the soil … Continue reading

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Sinkholes, Caves, and Springs

The geology of our area is unique in that we have two worlds: a surface world and an underworld of caves, water, and stone.  The type of terrain we live on is called “karst”, and is characterized by rocky ground, … Continue reading

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