Monthly Archives: August 2017

Fall Asters By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

While springtime is noted for wildflowers, autumn also offers an impressive burst of color, when some plants make a last push to propagate before the killing frosts.  Asters are particularly easy to find blooming now, and come in shades of … Continue reading

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Oaks By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Division of Forestry

Oaks are the most valuable hardwood in our area. The wood is durable, beautiful, and in demand both here and abroad for furniture, flooring, and veneer products.   In the forest the acorn (called mast) is rated at the top of … Continue reading

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Bluegill By: Steve Roark Tennessee Division of Forestry

A lot of adults who enjoy fishing got hooked (yes, a pun) on the sport by catching bluegill as a kid.  Because of its willingness to take a variety of natural and artificial baits, its feistiness when hooked, and its … Continue reading

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Year of the Tick By Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

I’ve always heard a mild winter would lead to a summer with more bugs, and I’ve found that to be the case, especially this year with ticks.  We pulled them off our dogs all winter, and I’ve picked more off … Continue reading

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The 2017 Solar Eclipse Light Show By Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

By now you have seen numerous reports on the solar eclipse that will occur on August 21.  It’s a big one because our neck of the woods is close to the path where it will be a total eclipse, which … Continue reading

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