Content tagged "forestry"

Planting Urban Trees: Maintenance Requirements

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 Too often trees are forgotten and not maintained after being planted. A tree requires proper care, especially in the early stages of its development, to...

Tree Planting in Cities (Part 3): Tree Selection & Planting Guidelines

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

After selecting a good site to plant an urban tree and then preparing the site for planting, the next step is tree selection and planting.Tree...

Tree Planting in Cities (Part 2): Site Preparation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Proper preparation of the planting site is critical to good root development. In urban areas, site preparation may require special planning because of the...

Urban Soils: Correcting Low Soil Moisture

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 26, 2016

 Photo Credit: Raina SheridanLack of moisture in the soil is as harmful as too much water. Low soil moisture can be caused by high temperature, drought, high...

Planting Urban Trees: Social & Community Considerations

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 25, 2016

For both private and public locations, it is critical to find out the relevant zoning ordinances and other laws and policies that apply to each site. Some...

Cause, Affect and Prevention of Erosion on Urban Trees

Site clearing and land grading are two construction activities that typically increase soil erosion. These actions change the soil profile and structure,...

Urban Forests: Understanding Associated Costs

A community receives many benefits from the urban forest; however, there are also costs associated with having a healthy urban forest. Estimates for tree...

Storm Damage and Health Costs Associated with Urban Forests

 Storm Damage RecoveryStorms, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, ice, snow, and wind, can cause major damage to the trees and property in a community. Costs of...

Trees in Urban Environments: Site & Species Considerations

   To ensure a tree will grow and develop to maturity, it is essential to evaluate the environmental conditions of a site.Light PatternsConsider the amount...

Janean Creighton

Wildfire Updated: June 14, 2014

               Janean Creighton is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for the Oregon State University & USFS Pacific NW Partnership Project. ...

Harvesting Pine Straw from a Forest

Forest Farming Updated: November 26, 2013

If you have longleaf, loblolly, or slash pines growing on your land, your forest is producing pine straw. But if you wish to harvest pine straw, simply...

How is pine straw harvested?

Forest Farming Updated: November 04, 2013

Pine straw may be harvested mechanically or raked by hand. Mechanical operations are often conducted by a contractor who has a tractor-drawn rake that pulls...

Using Prescribed Fire in Upland Hardwoods

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 29, 2013

Historical ContextThe historical occurrence and role of fire in upland hardwood systems, especially oak-dominated forests, woodlands, and savannas, is well...

Soil Characteristics and Tree Planting

Soil conditions are among the most critical site considerations for tree growth and survival. The Urban Soils Module describes how to identify and test soil...

How to Correct Excessive Soil Moisture and Drainage Problems

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 17, 2013

Soils with excessive moisture have poor aeration because pore spaces are filled with water. Roots tend to grow near the surface in such soils. With poorly...

Soil Volume and Rooting Space When Planting Trees

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 17, 2013

To ensure adequate stability and to allow a tree to grow to its potential size, a tree’s root system must have adequate soil volume in which to...

How to Correct Soil Compaction

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 17, 2013

Soil compaction is a major cause of tree decline in urban areas. Compaction occurs when a force, such as feet, vehicles, and even water from some sprinkler...

Selecting the Proper Tools for Urban Tree Planting

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: February 27, 2013

The proper tools for preparing the planting area depend on the size of the tree, the type of root system, the site, and the condition of the soil. The most...

Many organisms live on decaying wood, so if decaying wood is removed from the forest for energy production, will it negatively impact the native ecology?

Wood Energy Updated: March 12, 2010

Will harvesting woody biomass improve or reduce forest health?

Wood Energy Updated: March 12, 2010

Can wood grow fast enough to meet our energy needs?

Wood Energy Updated: March 12, 2010

What is the difference between ethanol labeled E10 and E85?

Wood Energy Updated: February 05, 2010

What is woody biomass?

Wood Energy Updated: December 15, 2009

Is burning wood carbon-neutral?

Wood Energy Updated: December 15, 2009

Do managed plantations result in monocultures that reduce biodiversity?

Wood Energy Updated: December 15, 2009

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