trees en Something Wild: The Challenge Of Choosing A National Tree <p>If today's installment of&nbsp;<em>Something Wild</em> fell to my NH Audubon&nbsp;cohorts, it would be easy to feature our national symbol, the Bald Eagle--perfect for patriotic Fourth of July! Instead, "NH Forest Guy" wracks his brain to make a tree connection to our nation's birthday. All I could come up with is that bottle rockets are affixed to <em>wooden</em> sticks and that firecrackers and other pyrotechnics are constructed and packaged using cardboard and paper--all derived from tree. No trees? No fireworks!</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 50753 at Something Wild: The Challenge Of Choosing A National Tree Granite Geek: A Slow, Hard Road Back For American Chestnut Trees <p>For decades now, <a href="">scientists and volunteers in the Northeast have been trying to bring back the American chestnut tree</a>, which a century ago comprised about 25 percent of New England’s forests.</p><p>Blight nearly wiped out the American chestnut, and it did so quickly. Restoring the tree is taking a little more time, in part because the blight is still out there.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:47:11 +0000 Brady Carlson 50780 at Granite Geek: A Slow, Hard Road Back For American Chestnut Trees Water In The Trees <p>The patter of rain. Fingers of wind comb the canopy of tender leaves. These are exotic sounds of the new tree canopy in late May. New Hampshire forests are adapted to withstand rigors of wind and weather. Leaf structures reflect inner tree plumbing we rarely consider.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:28:47 +0000 Dave Anderson 45736 at Water In The Trees For Some Plants, Getting Green Means Starting Early <p>For some plants, the race to harvest sunlight to make food starts early, in March. Skunk cabbage and many alpine plants begin to photosynthesize under the snow using red "anthocyanin" pigments which can absorb the longer-wavelength blue light at the ultra-violet end of the spectrum--even while buried beneath the snow.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 44450 at For Some Plants, Getting Green Means Starting Early Hunting For NH's Big Trees <p></p><p>Do you know New Hampshire is home to seven national champion “Big Trees?” These are the largest examples of their species discovered nationwide. New Hampshire hosts the largest black locust, mountain-ash, pitch pine, eastern white pine, black spruce, staghorn sumac and black birch in the entire US. They’re among 760 champion trees documented by The NH Big Tree Program.</p><p>A recent <u>American Forests</u> magazine featured NH's Big Tree program and highlighted efforts by dedicated volunteers searching for the biggest trees in the state.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 37320 at Hunting For NH's Big Trees Of Seeds, Trees, & Squirrels <p></p><p>For homeowners, the floating, spinning or tumbling tree seeds that collect on lawns, patios, gutters and driveways require raking or sweeping. <em>Those "pesky" shade trees</em>! Yet consider the tremendous <strong><em>wildlife food</em></strong> source and <strong><em>genetic wealth</em></strong> that seed crops represent, particularly cyclical acorn crops in NH!</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 36037 at Of Seeds, Trees, & Squirrels Our Favorite (Crooked) Trees <p></p><p>It's the most unusually-shaped trees in the forest that fire the human imagination. After all, the misshapen, warped, multi-trunked, split and hollowed trees have long been favored as homes by woodland cartoon figments: elves, dwarfs and ogres - not to mention Pooh bears, Piglets and wise old owls.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 33149 at Our Favorite (Crooked) Trees Summer Solstice= Productive Trees <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><em>Welcome summer</em>! Today is "Summer Solstice" - the annual crest of sunlight when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky is "solar maximum."&nbsp; Imagine for a moment the green living infrastructure of our planet as a vast industrial factory seasonally producing carbohydrates and oxygen… call it a "<em>manufacturing plant</em>" if you will.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 29814 at Summer Solstice= Productive Trees Strips of Green in the White Mountains <p>Memorial Day Weekend is late for trees to unfurl tiny, tender pale green leaves. Yet trees growing at the highest altitudes of our State's White Mountain National Forest are among the last to leaf-out each spring.</p><p>Hikers are familiar with a curious phenomenon only conspicuous in late spring and again during autumn foliage season: faint diagonal stripes - like a barber pole - appear on forested flanks of many White Mountain peaks.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 27894 at Strips of Green in the White Mountains Fewer Trees, Fewer People <p><a href="">The January issue of Atlantic Monthly online</a> reported a curious connection between the death of <strong><em>100 million</em></strong> ash trees killed after the arrival of the invasive, exotic “Emerald Ash borer” beetle in lower Michigan to an ensuing spike in rates of human heart disease and pulmonary illness including pneumonia.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 23605 at Fewer Trees, Fewer People Local Farm-Raised Christmas Trees <p>According to the <a href="">National Christmas Tree Growers Association</a>, buying a natural, farm-grown Christmas tree is a traditional custom for up to 30 million American families who celebrate the holidays with the fragrance and beauty of locally-raised, farm-grown Christmas trees. Today, the majority of Christmas trees are plantation-grown. There are an estimated 350 million Christmas trees growing nationwide.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 17880 at Local Farm-Raised Christmas Trees Restoring the American Chestnut <p>Thanksgiving leftovers in my kitchen include Chinese chestnut-stuffing. Most people know that our American chestnut trees were decimated by an Asian fungus detected in 1904 that killed untold billions of trees and wiped-out one of the most common and most important lumber and wildlife trees from eastern forests before 1940.</p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 17007 at Restoring the American Chestnut USDA: NH is Most Forested State in the Union <p>A study from the US Department of Agriculture&rsquo;s Forest Service shows that New Hampshire is the most forested of the 48 contiguous states. According to the USDA <a href="">study </a>88.9 percent of New Hampshire is covered by trees, beating out neighboring states Maine at 83.1 percent and Vermont at 81.5</p><p>The study&rsquo;s lead author David Nowak says evaluators looked over 80,000 points dropped randomly onto satellite photos from around 2005 to complete the study.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:25:50 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 10223 at USDA: NH is Most Forested State in the Union The Changing Forest <p>A recent 10-year update to US Forest Service “<strong>Forest Inventory and Analysis</strong>” data reveals that New Hampshire now has a slightly higher percentage - 85% of the state now forested. Yet just as our human population is aging – a so-called “Silver Tsunami” – our forests are likewise aging.&nbsp; More than half the timberland in NH - 57% percent - is older than sixty-one years old.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 7985 at The Changing Forest Gaming the Forest <p>A new app transforms tree leaves into currency…kind of changes your mind about raking season, eh?</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:02:38 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3202 at Gaming the Forest