U.S. Soil Survey Nearly Complete
See the U.S.D.A. Blog to view the latest on America's Soil Survey
A home with no trees around it...is that the trend now? READ THIS: http://wildfire.blog.nfpa.org/2013/07/no-trees-allowed-dont-believe-the-hype-when-it-comes-to-wildfire-safety-and-your-home.html
What is a Woodlot/Land owner?
We mostly hear the term “woodlot owner” used in reference to the owner of a hardwood lot. On the other hand, the term “woodland owner” usually refers to a much more diverse group. The USFS conducts an annual survey of private forest landowners in the United States. They estimate that there are some 10,000,000 of us.
Probably the broadest definition of “woodland owner” would be a private owner of forested property. However, the survey mentioned above indicates that “woodland owners” are so diverse when it comes to why they own and how they manage their forested property that it becomes almost impossible to include them all in a simple description. Read about the National Woodland Owners Survey at http://www.fia.fs.fed.us/nwos/faq/
Based on data from the National Woodland Owners Survey, Colorado Tree Farmers recently started a program to develop strategies that target specific subsets of woodland owners who have similar views and objectives. We are identifying the most effective methods to communicate with each specific group and developing events to more effectively encourage them to begin actively managing their forests.Ref: Wes Rutt, Colorado Tree Farmer News: www.treefarmer.com
FYI:New Equipment...the Walking Forest Machine:http://www.forestbusinessnetwork.com/15886/worlds-first-prototype-for-walking-forest-machine-now-on-display-at-john-deere-pavilion/
Emerald Ash Borer News: Researchers at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Univ. of Minnesota (my alma mater), are working on a study to determine how tiny stingless wasps could help win the battle against the Emerald Ash Borer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_ash_borer.
The wasps are being tested by entomologists at St. Paul campus. This is a devastating insect to ash trees across the country.
As of June, 2014, the Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in the Front Range of Colorado. Intense study and management is underway. We stand to lose thousands of trees as this wood boring insect spreads ever so slowly across our communities. Consult with a professional arborist for more information that affects you.