• Tree of the Week

    American Holly: A Mystic Icon

    Ilex opaca The American holly tree has been popular since the beginning of American history, having served Natives with wood for different applications and berries that were used for buttons and barter. It was…

    By James R. Fazio | July 18, 2017
  • Replanting Our National Forests

    Summer Brings Blazing Forest Fires

    The aftereffects of wildfires is devastating to wildlife and the natural landscape When fires sweep across forests, the sight of these charred landscapes is devastating. Thousands of trees are burned and hundreds of wildlife…

    By Bradley Brandt | July 14, 2017
  • Tree of the Week

    American Beech: The Engraved

    Fagus grandifolia When early settlers would search for fertile land, they looked for American Beech trees, but these trees started disappearing as land was cleared to establish farming for food. The tree was also…

    By Sheereen Othman | July 11, 2017
  • Tree of the Week

    American Mountainash: The Witchwood Tree

    Sorbus americana Looking for a shield to cast off witches and malevolence? Travel back to 18th century Europe and residents would tell you to use mountainash wood as a guard to keeping witches away.…

    By James R. Fazio | July 4, 2017
  • Landscape Design

    Which Small Trees will Work for your Yard?

    Trees are great landscaping tools to beautifying your yard, creating privacy, and adding color. Numerous factors go into deciding what tree is suitable for your yard. Planting the right tree in the right place…

    By Sheereen Othman | June 28, 2017
  • Tree of the Week

    Hackberry: One Tough Tree

    Celtis occidentalis The hackberry has appropriately been called, “one tough tree.” Colonists had enough other trees to choose from that they didn’t pay much attention to the hackberry trees. They found them scattered throughout…

    By James R. Fazio | June 27, 2017
  • Tree of the Week

    Yellow Buckeye: A Rugged Beauty

    Aesculus flava (octandra) In 1784 while traveling near the Cheat River — in what is now West Virginia — sharp-eyed George Washington spotted a yellow buckeye with flowers that were purple instead of yellow.…

    By James R. Fazio | June 20, 2017