What can be learned from wildfires that burn in the urban interface? In September, the Almeda fire of southern Oregon burned hot and fast through much of the Bear Creek Greenway between Ashland and Medford. Burning as a tempest with hot embers blown hundreds of feet, the fire reached into nearby residential and commercial areas … More Almeda Wildfire – Tree Research
Many PNW conifers have been evaluated recently for hazard tree conditions. This may be due in part to concerns of storm events on trees and homes but also to a heightened awarness of tree health by clients. In either case, bravo! Awareness leads to greater understanding of the risks and ultimately lower risk when a … More Western Red Cedar – Hazard Tree Analysis
Many months ago, I was asked by a good friend, if I would consider building her a sweat lodge. She may have been impressed by my hand-built wooden boats sitting around the home, but I deferred the question to the peoples who inhabited the Northwest during it’s tribal bloom… They could steer her toward a … More A Sweat Lodge for Healing
As an arborist, I observe non-diseased living trees as healthy when they express a vigorus green canopy. There are exceptons to this rule, but we can’t be certain about the exceptions without data collected over time. My client is preparing her country property on Whidbey Island for sale and asked for arbor servces to a … More Western Red Cedar approaching the question of tree health- tree looks
December 20th – Solistice-short light with one day following another of soil soaking rains! These are prime days for planting new trees. Why, because new saplings go through a transplant stress and need moist soils and low light growing conditions to adjust to change before they put on new growth. Whats more, their root systems will … More Great day for conifers!
At an active restoration site in South King County, Nicoterra Trails is pruning Big Leaf Maple -(Acer Macrophyllum) where trees have sprouted from large old stumps. This location was logged within 20 years and the typical red alder, Indian plum, and Big Leaf maple species have filled in the new niche. As many as 1 … More Coppicing Big Leaf Maple to promote tree health