Trees in the News!

Lately, trees have been making headlines. Check out these interesting articles about trees.

Proposal would make it easier to retrieve sunken logs in Michigan

Countless now-valuable logs sank to the bottom of Michigan’s lakes and rivers during the 1800s, when loggers floated their hauls on water due to lack of roads and railroads.

Now proposed legislation would make permits to retrieve them easier to get. The goals is to eliminate roadblocks for a growing industry, said Chris Bailey, a legislative director for Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, the main sponsor. (Courtesy of Great Lakes Echo-Read More)

Trees hold thousand-year history of El Nino

A new 1,100-year-long history of the El Niño-La Niña climate cycle that dominates seasonal weather patterns now and then promises to sharpen the skills of computer models trying to simulate the impacts of global warming.

Climate specialists at the University of Hawaii-Manoa used an archive of tree ring measurements in the Southwestern United States to extend an El Niño historical record previously limited by Pacific Ocean coral data to only a few hundred years.

“Our work revealed that the towering trees on the mountain slopes of the U.S. Southwest and the colorful corals in the tropical Pacific both listen to the music of El Niño,” lead scientist Jinbao Li said in a statement released by the university. The study is published in the current issue of the journal Nature Climate Change.  (Read More)

Trees for more than climbing, Arbor Day Foundation Says

Stormwater clogs wastewater treatment systems, causing overflows that contaminate beaches and drinking water. It also washes roads, parking lots, and other surfaces of oils, sediment, chemicals and debris that end up in rivers, oceans, lakes and wetlands.

Trees can help. A search with the Arbor Day Foundation’s National Tree Benefit Calculator shows how. Type in your zip code and get a list of tree species native to it. (Courtesy of Great Lakes Echo-Read More)

Arbor Day Celebration draws kids outdoors

More than 1,000 tree seedlings awaited elementray students who arrived Friday at Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo for the State’s Arbor Day Celebration. 
The hope was for each child to take seedlings home and plant them after a day of education about the importance of trees, and taking caer of the environment, said Andrea Stay, executive director of the Eaton Conservation District, which helped organized the 14th annual event.
“Arbor Day is important to get kids outside and learning about trees, water quality and wildlife,” she said. 
Abby Flanagan, a 9-year-old fourth grader at Haynor Elementary School in Ionia, said she enjoyed learning about the environment and helping to plant a pear tree on the zoo’s property during Friday’s event. (Read More)
Arbor Day Foundation names Lexington a Tree City USA Community

Lexington, MI, was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. Lexington has earned this national designation for two years.

 The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

“We commend Lexington’s elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.  “Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.” (Read More)

The mobile phone app that can identify a tree by its leaf

An app has just been launched that can identify a species of tree from a photograph of its leaf. Apps exist already that help you identify flora and fauna – the Forestry Commission recently launched an app called ForestXplorerfor identifying trees – but they have traditionally relied on the user deducing the species from a list of possible characteristics.

Leafsnap promises something different: a joint effort by Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution in the US, it uses the same technology as face-recognition software to identity the species itself: This free mobile app helps identify tree species from photographs of their leaves and contains beautiful high-resolution images of their flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will soon grow to cover the trees of the entire continental United States. (Read More)


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