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Smart Growth

Smart growth--anti-sprawl development that is environmentally, fiscally, and economically smart and includes land-use planning, mixed use development, and transportation efficiency --in the U.S. is supported by the Smart Growth Network's 23 national partner organizations.

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Pruning Ice-Damaged Trees

A full discussion of recovering from ice storm damage to trees: assessment of damage, repairs, removal, tools, leader replacement, straightening bent trees, and a bibliography and list of information sources.GO TO ARTICLE #48

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Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta)

A large-headed turtle with an elongated, heart-shaped shell, the loggerhead has a reddish-brown to brown upper side and yellow to cream underside. Loggerheads are carnivorous, preferring horseshoe crabs, but also eat snails, barnacles, starfish.

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Legal Terms & Concepts for Forest Land Owners
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Added: October 05, 2008

This publication contains selected legal terms and concepts designed to acquaint the forest land owner with terminology designed to help specialized needs.

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Irrigation System Selection

Several decisions must be made before an irrigation system is installed in a field. Some determinations are technical in nature, some economic, and others involve a close scrutiny of the operation and crop to be irrigated.

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A Landowner's Guide to Wildlife Abundance Through Forestry

The satisfaction of working with nature to increase wildlife abundance, and at the same time, of leaving to the next generation property of increasing economic and esthetic values can be yours through careful but decisive management.

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Tree Planters' Notes

Dedicated to technology transfer and publication of research information relating to nursery production and outplanting of trees, shrubs, and native plants for reforestation, restoration, and conservation.

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Introduction to Growing Christmas Trees

Christmas trees can be grown successfully in Oklahoma; however, knowledge of production procedures and marketing potentials are essential.

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First, see a forester

More than 60 percent of North Carolina is forested, but much of this valuable resource is not actively``managed. Properly managed forests can generate extra money from the sale of timber products; improve wildlife habitat, aesthetics, recreation, and``water quality; and increase land value. By seeking the assistance of a professional forester, you can maximize``the return on your forestlands.

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Florida's Outdoor Burning and Forest Fire Laws

Details basic outdoor burning laws to help prevent forest fire

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Plan On It! Woodland Stewardship

Become a woodland steward by actively managing your land for personal benefits, while protecting the quality of its natural resources (soil, water, wildlife, trees and other plants) for future generations.

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Leaf Key

Key out your leaf by clicking on the button that best describes it. ``A table will list the possible matches, with links to fact sheets. ``If a picture exactly matches your leaf, clicking on the picture will take you directly to a fact sheet for that species (you will have to use the back button in your browser to return to the key).

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Tree ID Key for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

50+ species, 3 keys, 300+ images, range maps, abundunce lists, taxonomy, ID characteristics, glossary

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Deer Hunter's Guide for Aging and Jawbone Removal

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Urban and Community Forestry - USDA Forest Service
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Added: November 05, 2008

As our cities grow larger and faster than ever before, urban forestry has become an integral part of building sustainable urban communities. "Vital Communities through Healthy Ecosystems" is the Forest Service emphasis for managing urban and community forests.

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Trends in Working Forest Conservation Easements
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Added: November 05, 2008

The increasing use of conservation easements to protect private, productive forestland and recent large-scale projects protecting tens or hundreds of thousands of acres are bringing out challenges and questions related to working forest conservation easements (WFCEs). WFCEs are easements developed specifically for working forests that are actively managed for timber or other marketable goods. In April 2001, a Land Trust Alliance (LTA) advisory panel of conservation easement and forest management practitioners from across the country discussed emerging WFCE trends and ongoing challenges, including forming complex partnerships with multiple parties in easement transactions, documenting and monitoring a forest’s multiple resources and managing public access on some working forestlands.

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Southern Hardwood Management Manual

We hope this publication will serve to expand the private forest landowners' horizon to the possibilities of hardwood management. We have assembled chapters on the various hardwood forest types found across the South. Other chapters address management practices designed to regenerate and maintain stand and site quality, plus many other benefits.

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Snakes After a Disaster

Many snakes, like other residents in the path of a major storm, have been displaced and left homeless. As a result, it is common to find these animals seeking shelter and food in areas close to people.

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Protecting Existing Trees During Constructioin

Working around existing trees or under their canopies can be harmful to the trees. If you are planning to do work under the tree canopy or dripline of the tree it will be beneficial to read this article first and decide if the tree you will be working under is worth saving and how to protect it from stress.

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Mat-forming Quillwort (Isoetes tegitiformans)

Aquatic plant 3-8 centimeters (1.2-3.2in) tall that reproduces by spores. Has five to 10 pointed, stiff and needle-like leaves, about 5-7 centimeters (2-2.8 in) long and 1 millimeter (0.04 in) wide. Leaves have light green tops that yellow toward the base.

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Microsprinkler Irrigation for Cold Protection of Florida Citrus

More than nearly any other factor, freezes have caused some of the most dramatic changes in fruit supply, availability, and price. Thus, any method that provides some cold protection can be of major importance to citrus growers. Many cold protection methods have been used over the years. These methods include heaters, wind machines, fog generators, high volume over-tree irrigation, and low volume undertree microsprinkler irrigation. Low volume undertree microsprinkler irrigation is an alternative method for partial frost protection and can be more affordable than other methods (Fig. 1). Microsprinklers have proven effective during several freeze nights in central Florida tests. In addition to frost protection, microsprinklers can provide effective year-round irrigation

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Why Invest in Timber Production
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Added: May 11, 1999

This paper discusses the costs and benefits of growing timber. Understanding some basic information on``environmental and economic factors can help a landowner make an informed decision.

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Tree planting

Each year trees are planted on several thousand acres of Michigan land. Most are planted on cutover forest land or abandoned agricultural fields, and more recently onhighly erodible agricultural land covered under theConservation Reserve Program.

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Dutch Elm Disease in Missouri

Dutch elm disease's exact distribution in Missouri is not known, but it probably occurs in most sections of the state. The disease continues to spread and kill more elms each year.

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Evaluation and Use of Improved Choctawhatchee Sand Pine for Christmas Trees

This publication offers documentation as to why the Choctawhatchee sand pine--a Florida native shows promise as a fast-growing, reasonably priced Christmas tree with greater freshness than cut trees shipped from out of state.

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Fertilizing Pine Forests in Louisiana
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Added: November 05, 2008

Commercial pine forests in Louisiana have not typically been fertilized. But, because of recent high prices for timber and new research showing excellent growth response to fertilizer under certain conditions, this practice should change.

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Trees Per Acre Table: by Diameter and Basal Area

There are many types of natural resource planning and management applications that require estimating the number of trees for a given size that would occupy an acre of land.

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Tree Crops for Marginal Farmland Loblolly Pine

This guide describes the most effective practices used to grow loblolly pine trees in the southern United States and the cost of those practices. It includes a financial analysis which uses typical costs and expected returns to evaluate a representative investment.

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Security Considerations for Timberland Owners

Learn to protect your timberlands from intrusion, production of controlled substances, vandalism, dumping, and timber theft, and also learn about secure timber sale.

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Recreational Opportunities on CRP Lands

consumptive enterprises, non-consumptive enterprises, hunting leases, shooting preserves, fee fishing, sporting clays, photography, home range, wildlife, hiking, bird watching

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