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The Bad Rap of Snake Oil

The Bad Rap of Snake Oil By Steve Roark I have a friend who told a humorous story about being in a meeting where someone was speaking of things that he knew to be untrue, downright bovine excreta.  When he … Continue reading

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The Scoop on Sweetgum

The Scoop on Sweetgum By: Steve Roark Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is a common tree in our area, normally found growing in low areas where the soil is moist, such as near streams or drains.  The name comes from the taste … Continue reading

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Bug Brain Surgery

Bug Brain Surgery By Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division Parasites do not have a positive reputation. I mean let’s face it; they live and feed on other living animals.  They are considered cheaters, degenerates, thieves, evil things.  And … Continue reading

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What Are We Missing?

What Are We Missing? By: Steve Roark TN Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division   On a cold January morning in 2007 the Washington Post conducted an experiment.  They invited Joshua Bell, one of the most famous classical violinists of our … Continue reading

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The Majestic Beech Tree

The Majestic Beech Tree By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Division of Forestry The American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) is very common in our area and is to me one of the nobler trees in the forest.  It has never been … Continue reading

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Sun Dogs: Snow-bow Sky Show

Sun Dogs: Snow-bow Sky Show  By Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division I’ve seen sundogs twice already this year, so thought it good to touch on them.  They are those bright spots of light you sometimes see on one … Continue reading

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Wind Chill

Wind Chill By:  Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division The humorist Carl Hurley once said that he wished they had never invented the wind-chill factor given in weather reports.  “Use to when they said it was 29 degrees it … Continue reading

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