How trees ward off disease, injury, and decay

A helpful primer from the late father of modern arboriculture, Alex Shigo, chief scientist U.S. Forest Service informs us of how trees ward off disease, injury and decay: Trees fighting back
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A Very Timely Thought

sun through the trees

According to legend, many Portuguese people would attach the following poem to trees in their forests:

Ye who passes by and would raise your hand against me, harken ‘ere you harm me.

I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing, quenching your thirst as you journey on. 

I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you lie, the timber that builds your boat.

I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin. 

I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty. 

Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer, harm me not.

 

http://www.farmersalmanac.com/blog/2014/04/22/earth-day-poem-the-note-on-the-tree/

Water Water Everywhere!

Effects of 7-1-13 rainfall on BHS pocket woodlands…

view north, intermittent stream,  block 64, lots 10 & 11

view north, intermittent stream, block 64, lots 10 & 11

Torrent flowing east & southeast; confluence of two tributaries to Penn's Brook; behind block 64, lot 13 &14

Torrent flowing east & southeast; confluence of two tributaries to Penn’s Brook; behind block 64, lot 13 &14

center of photo:  exposed end of concrete pipe to tributary to Penn's Brook

center of photo: exposed end of concrete pipe to tributary to Penn’s Brook

swest corner of BHS woods, block 64, lot 1; ponding, waterflow

swest corner of BHS woods, block 64, lot 1; ponding, waterflow

Down slope water flow , off large existing soil stockpile, western edge of woods

Down slope water flow , off large existing soil stockpile, western edge of woods

view west twds eastern edge of woods & lower field; middle of proposed field area

view west twds eastern edge of woods & lower field; middle of proposed field area

ponding, view swest twds Bernards High School, behind block 64, lot 11

ponding, view swest twds Bernards High School, behind block 64, lot 11

View nwest behind adj. homeowner properties, block 64, lot 10 & 9

View nwest behind adj. homeowner properties, block 64, lot 10 & 9

View northwest twd lower field behind block 64, lots 9 & 10

View northwest twd lower field behind block 64, lots 9 & 10

Plants in pocket woodlands

The magestic white oak.

White oak
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A shagbark hickory

Shagbark hickory
©Blaine Rothauser

The tulip tree...

Tulip tree
©Blaine Rothauser

Tall Red Oak.

Red Oak
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A lovely american beech.

American beech
©Blaine Rothauser

The Blackcirch.

Blackbirch
©Blaine Rothauser

Skunk cabbage

Skunk cabbage

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Animals in pocket woodlands

The white breasted nuthatch ...©Blaine Rothauser

White breasted nuthatch
©Blaine Rothauser

The redback ...©Blaine Rothauser

Redback salamander
©Blaine Rothauser

The red fox ...©Blaine Rothauser

Red fox
©Blaine Rothauser

Wild turkey ...©Blaine Rothauser

Wild turkey
©Blaine Rothauser

The cooper hawk ...©Blaine Rothauser

Cooper hawk
©Blaine Rothauser

The kingfisher ...©Blaine Rothauser

Kingfisher
©Blaine Rothauser

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Big brown bat ©Blaine Rothauser

Big brown bat
©Blaine Rothauser

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