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Tree Addictions

Tree Addictions By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division  Trees provide thousands of products we use every day and they are a great blessing to our society.  Some tree products are even addictive and consumed in large amounts.  Take … Continue reading

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Tree Planting

Fall Tree Planting By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division While spring is the traditional season to plant trees and shrubs, fall may be better.  The soil is still warm on into December, and it gives the tree a … Continue reading

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Persimmon Hunting

Persimmon Hunting By: Steve Roark Tennessee Division of Forestry   Persimmons are a popular food source for many wildlife species such as fox, opossum, deer, raccoons, and many types of birds.  Humans find them quite tasty if gathered at the … Continue reading

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Wind In The Pines

 The Wind In The Pines By Steve Roark                                           TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division Surely sometime or other you have … Continue reading

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Why Leaves Fall

Why Leaves Fall By: Steve Roark TN Division of Forestry This time of year you usually see news articles explaining why leaves change color and how good the fall colors will be.  I’ve certainly written plenty of them myself, but … Continue reading

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Elderberry

Elderberry By Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division Elderberry is a fairly common plant that likes to grow on moist sites with rich soil.  It was once held in high esteem by both European settlers and Native American tribes … Continue reading

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Blue Skies

By: Steve Roark Tennessee Division of Forestry September often provides some brilliant blue skies as the seasons change. As an amateur naturalist, the basic question of why the sky is blue came to me, which required some research to figure … Continue reading

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