Monthly Archives: May 2015

Butternut Tree

Black walnut is well known to many, but there is another walnut native to our area. Butternut (Juglans cinerea), also called White walnut, likes to grow in the same deep, moist soils as it’s black cousin, but is becoming rare … Continue reading

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Freshwater Mussels

If you’ve fished or floated either the Clinch or Powell rivers, you’ve no doubt seen shells lying around in shallow water. These are from freshwater mussels, and these two river systems have one of the highest varieties of mussel species … Continue reading

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Old Field Forests

I look at a lot of farm properties for landowners, and it is not uncommon to find that some of the woodlands they now have were cleared for farming a few decades ago. Before chemical fertilizer and lime was readily … Continue reading

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Skunks

Skunks need no introduction, with their black and white markings and universally known odor. The species most common in our area is the Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis), also known as a “polecat”.   Skunks are nocturnal animals, roaming about a … Continue reading

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