Poison Hemlock: a deadly invasive plant 

by Bernie Williams, Plant Pest and Disease Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Fire Adapted Communities 

There’s a new kid in town in the world of wildfire, known by the name of the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (WAFAC). 

When Should You Harvest Trees? 

This article was written for owners of woodlands managed for timber production.  There are several good reasons to harvest trees:

(1) The tree is “economically mature”…Merchantable trees are like money in the bank- the value of the annual growth of wood is like interest in a savings account. If the tree’s growth is not earning more than an acceptable rate of interest, it is time to cash it in. It usually has nothing to do with the age of the tree!

(2) The tree has become defective…Damage resulting from wind, lightning strikes or other trees falling into a tree will severely limit growth. Rot, cavities, and fungus growing on the tree are also signs of declining health.

Biochar: Another use for woody debris 

Matthew Weaver article, Researcher examines biochar use in forests, in the Capital Press intrigued me. For years I have extolled the benefits of debris piles for wildlife habitat in woods with low wildfire risk. The piles provide homes for rabbits and other species while the branches decay. Deborah Page-Dumroese, research soil scientist with the U.S.

Beat the Weeds: Planning Invasive Species Management 

Deciding how to manage an invasive species infestation can be intimidating. Thankfully, there is help available.