Archive for the ‘Trees’ Category

Rediscovered

While the word extinct is a word heard more and more these days, what with climate change and the like, it’s always nice to here when a species has been “rediscovered”. It’s even better when it’s a local story, which for me is here in Missouri.

So, today’s article is entitled “A legendary Ozark chestnut tree, thought extinct, is rediscoveredby Robert Langellier over at National Geographic. All done thanks to a little citizen science.

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Green Librarian

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Tree library

So as someone who just recently had a tree taken down but not necessarily by choice, I really wished I’d had come across this article a little bit earlier because had I, well, who knows what I might have done.

The article I’m posting today is entitled “Woman honors 110-year-old tree by turning it into a magical library” by  over at Treehugger. I mean after all, what else would a librarian do with a beautiful tree?

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Green Librarian

Windy days

So when we first moved here to where I live now, we had five trees but over time, one by one they’ve all gone. The first one lost a large branch in the wind, the next one died due to disease, then one split apart and fell on the house, while the next one (which was leaning towards the house) had to come down and finally, the last one was dying a slow death before being taken down.

One concerned me most about the last one was actually all the strong winds we’d had lately, which finally leads me to this article entitled “The Ocean’s Biggest Waves Are Getting Even Bigger” by Rafi Letzter over at LiveScience.

The article in fact got me to thinking that I’m wondering if the winds on land have also gotten stronger. I have to say, I don’t remember having wind advisories like we had this spring. Meanwhile, we’re planting our first new tree in a week or two. In the fall, I hope to plant at least one more.

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Green Librarian

Childhood trees

So reading this article reminded me of all the times I climbed a tree when I was younger. Of course the time I remember most is when I fell out of the tree in our back yard.

Anyway, the article tonight is entitled “Climbing trees is safer than organized sports over at Treehugger. Oh to climb that tree again!

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Green Librarian

Fire and trees

So while reading this article was a bit depressing for someone who loves trees, it’s also an honest look at a situation that needs to change. For too long, we’ve always tried to put out every fire, when I think like this article and good science shows, is that sometimes fire is a good thing.

The article is entitled “Fire is our friend, trees are the enemy, and the world is upside down” by Nathanael Johnson at the Grist. Sometimes the hardest decisions work out for the best.

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Green Librarian

Past, present & future

So while I usually I like to post articles are upbeat when talking about our environment, perhaps because of the new year, I’m posting this article tonight that while not uplifting allows me to be a bit reflective about what has happened, what is going on presently what we can do in the future.

The article, entitled “A Forest of Ancient Trees, Poisoned by Rising Seas” by Nathaniel Popkin over at the New York Times, looks back at what’s been happening the last year or more both close to where he lives and around the world. I think it also motivate me to look around where I live and what I can do to help.

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Green Librarian

 

Leaves & your lawn

So I’ve never been one to rake all the leaves up in my lawn. In fact, I usually just compost some of them and rake the rest into my flower beds. This article, entitled “A very important reason not to rake the leaves on your lawn” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger just helps me justify even more what I’m already doing.

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Green Librarian