Monthly Archives: March 2017

Hickory History By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

Hickory trees are so common in our area that most of our woodlands are classified as the “oak-hickory” forest type.  They provide humans and wildlife with important food and fiber. There are several hickory species growing in our area, and … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Beauty By Steve Roark TN Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division

When you think of beauty, I assume that like me you envision things like a colorful sunrise, waterfalls, snow draped trees, etc. But I’m sitting here having a tough time verbally defining it. It’s an odd thing really. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Importance of Bumble Bees By: Steve Roark TN Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division

After a long bleak winter it is wonderful to see wildflowers in the spring, foretelling of warmer weather and the return of color to the forest.  The earliest wildflowers to bloom, such as Hepatica, Trout-lily, Bloodroot, Spring-beauty, Toothwort, Mayapple, and … Continue reading

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The Bradford Pear Blues By Steve Roark TN Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division

You have no doubt noticed all the white flowering trees that have been putting on a show the past couple of weeks, which I think have bloomed early this year because of the warm winter we’ve had.  They are Bradford … Continue reading

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Trees and the Signs By: Steve Roark TN Dept. of Agriculture, Division of Forestry

Back before all the high tech equipment we use now to carry on our lives, people observed nature to help decide when to do certain tasks, such as planting tomatoes or splitting firewood.  They didn’t know it, but they were … Continue reading

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