trees

Nature
10:34 am
Thu September 5, 2013

For the love of trees: Growing hundred year old giants

Blaine Mosher stands in front of an old red oak on his farm
Credit Nancy Camden

When a seed falls from a tree, what are the odds that it will take root and then grow for 300 years or more? Norm Bober in Van Buren County increases the possibility. As a teenager, when his family went to hunt for a Christmas tree, he brought pine cones home and planted the seeds. The next spring, they sprouted into pine trees.

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11:33 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Trees still hurting from 2012 drought

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Scientists at Michigan State University say they are trying to find a way to prevent more spruce trees from dying
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Trees in Southwest Michigan, and around the state, have been laid low by a combination of forces that include weather, management practices, age and a deadly combination new fungus diseases. Among the hardest hit is the backbone of Michigan landscaping -- the stately Colorado blue spruce.
Culture
7:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Cutting wood for lumber in the winter months

John Donaldson using a forklift to carry wood to the sawmill.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The month of January frees most farmers from field work, and if the snow is deep enough, even my husband, John and I stop pruning our blueberry bushes. Some farmers plow snow for extra cash, but traditionally, others head to their woods for a winter paycheck.

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