Happy #ArborDay– let’s celebrate the importance of trees!

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.  The first holiday observance of Arbor Day was in 1872, when more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Much like the first celebration of Arbor Day, trees planted on Arbor Day today are done for the benefit of future generations. The simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow and, some day, provide wood products, wildlife habitat, erosion control, shelter from the wind and sun, beauty, and inspiration for ourselves and our children.

Plant a tree today and enjoy what trees on your public lands have to offer!

An average day in Forestry class
  • Professor: WOOD you be interested in learning about a new tree today?
  • Students: Yes!!!
  • Professor: OAK-ay let's go outside!
  • Students: Field trip?
  • Professor: YEW are right!
  • Students: Yay!
  • Professor: Lets LEAF now, and BRANCH out! Keep in pairs of two because TREE's a crowd!

That’s An Odd-Looking Tree …

Simon Lewis and his research team deployed their laser scanners in the rainforest of Gabon recently, (a forestry technique I’d never heard of before) so they could remotely scan the density of vegetation. Ain’t it purty?

Well, they accidentally scanned this. It’s got a good trunk, but that’s no tree …

Previously: Airborne laser scanning discovers the remnants of an ancient Cambodian city hiding beneath the jungle canopy.