Income Tax Deduction on Timber and Landscape Tree Loss from Casualty
Timber or landscape trees destroyed by the hurricane, fire, earthquake, ice, hail, tornado, and other storms are “casualty losses” that may allow the property owners to take a deduction on their federal income tax returns.
What do all these insects have in common? They were all brought to North America from Asia or Europe. These exotic insects have caused havoc in our forests because the trees they attack have developed little resistance to them. Our forests are filled with native insects that attack and sometimes kill trees, but because these insects evolved along with their hosts, they don’t cause complete mortality that non-native species can.
Have you seen a box nailed to the side of a building, or on a post in a field, and wondered what it was for? Bats are friends from the forest. Little brown bats, big brown bats, and numerous other species flit about the evening sky, eating insects and playing a role in the forest ecosystem.
The Women of WWOA was created to offer educational activities and a supportive atmosphere for women landowners to learn more about caring for their woodlands. The group gathers two to three times a year to spend a day learning from each other and natural resource professionals.
Buckthorn is the bane of many woodland owners. It turns out that buckthorn is starting to appear on the radar of soybean farmers as well (see post titled “What do buckthorn and soybean have in common?” for details).
Heard about 3D prints but not sure what all the hype is about?
The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry and Natural Resources team created invasive species 3D print models for early detection identification training. During the past decade of dedicated work on many different invasive species, both terrestrial and aquatic, educators adapted and improved program instruction and display materials, including 3D prints.
If you have any ash trees on your property, you’ve likely heard about the problems that emerald ash borer (EAB) brings. The EAB beetle is native to Asia and has killed millions of ash trees where it has been discovered, particularly in the US Midwest given it’s discovery in Detroit Michigan in 2002. As of today, the EAB beetle has been observed in 35 states in the US and five Canadian provinces.
In the last 20 years, about one new species of beetle has landed on North American shores each year, imported from other parts of the world. The arrivals come mostly in wood pallets and other packing materials.