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Globetrotting in a Forest By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

The mountains of our area contain one of the most diverse forests in the world.  Over 170 tree species grow here, second only to tropical rain forests in variety.  If you hunt around you can find forest settings here that … Continue reading

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The House That Saved the South By Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

Let me warn you that this story is not for the squeamish. Way back in 1908 the millionaire John D Rockefeller wanted to make still more money. But most of his markets were saturated, so he began looking at the … Continue reading

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Improving Young Forests By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

In a young forest, there is always room for improvement.  What you try to improve for depends on your goals, which can include better timber, wildlife habitat, natural beauty, or recreation opportunities. Harvesting practices often play a role in the … Continue reading

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The Liberty Tree By Steve Roark TN Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division

It interests me how trees are so often intertwined with our culture and history.  The July celebration of our Independence is a good time to review the history of the Liberty Tree, a symbol for individual liberty and resistance to … Continue reading

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What is Forestry? By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

Many consider the word forestry to only mean growing trees to cut for lumber, and in the old days that may have been true.  But the forest is much more than a place to produce wood fiber and has multiple … Continue reading

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Hornets and Dirt Daubers By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

An earlier article covered wasps and yellow jackets, so here is a couple more stinging cousins.  All of these insects are in the insect family Vespidae, and are called Vespid wasps.    Hornets: The most common one is the bald … Continue reading

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News Bees By Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

I’m sure you’ve been outside and a yellow and black bee-like critter flies up to your head and just hovers in midair, staring at you.  Growing up I was told they were “news bees” and they were trying to tell … Continue reading

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