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What Does a Tree Think of Pruning?

What Does a Tree Think of Pruning?

Guiding young and medium-aged trees to develop good branch architecture is key to sustainable tree plantings. The most common method of training and developing healthy growth is by means of proper pruning.

But, have you ever wondered how pruning affects a tree?

It’s not merely the removal of a broken or diseased or undesirable limb. Pruning not only changes a tree’s physical structure, for better or worse, but it also undergoes biological effects, which can have long-lasting affects on its future growth and development. Who knew, right?

Tree pruning

We prune trees to remove broken or diseased or undesirable limbs, but have you ever wondered, “What do tree think?” Can pruning affect a tree biologically? What affect could Jeff’s pruning this tree (pictured above) have on its future growth and development?

To learn more on how proper (or improper) pruning can impact your trees and when is the best time to prune, read the new publication: “Tree Pruning: What Do Trees Think?” (FNR-534-W Feburay 2017) by Lindsey Purcell (Urban Forestry Specialist, Purdue University).

Epicormic shoots from latent buds as a result of tree topping.

Epicormic shoots have developed from latent buds after this tree was topped. Topping trees is bad for… Continue reading

Arbor Rangers ™ Puzzles & Activities Sheets

Arbor Rangers ™ “Brainy Series”™

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The NEW Arbor Rangers™ “Brainy Series” Logo

Do you like word search, maze, or picture puzzles? Download and print the latest Arbor Rangers  Puzzles & Activities Sheet!

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Indiana Natural Resources Teacher Institute

The Indiana Natural Resources Teacher Institute is a multi-day professional development workshop that will bring 18 teachers from across the state to Morgan-Monroe State Forest to see firsthand how forestry works in Indiana. Sessions include tours of public and private forest lands, forest industry facilities, and forestry research in Indiana.

The goal of the institute is to provide Indiana teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest management practices. The forest environment becomes the basis for integrating the learning of many subject areas, including environmental science, biology, natural resources, and social science. STEM concepts and principles will be incorporated throughout the sessions. The program empowers teachers to foster conceptual learning, critical thinking and decision-making skills in their classrooms.

Learning the importance of trees

Attendees are prepared for outdoor activities

BENEFITS: The Natural Resources Teacher Institute emphasizes the importance of conservation of natural resources with special attention given to Indiana’s forests and forest products. The project-based approach integrates hands-on study of the natural and cultural resources of the local community, addresses concepts in ecology, sense of place, civics, economics and forest land management and stewardship. Participants will develop a curriculum project about forests or forestry for their classrooms.… Continue reading

Stop the Emerald Ash Borer!

Help stop the spread of Emerald Ash Borer! HOW? Well, one way is not to transport any firewood from quarantined locations to other locations (quarantined or not). If you have a fireplace or fire pit, only use local wood. If you plan on having a bonfire, or barbequing at a picnic site away from home or camping, etc. make sure you don’t take firewood with you, but instead buy it from someplace in or near where you plan to burn it. Use up all the firewood too and don’t transport it back home or to another location.

Emerald Ash Borer larva

Emerald Ash Borer larva

 How bad is the situation?

According to the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, ash trees affected by EAB requiring treatment, removal, or replacement number more than 17 million at an estimated cost of $10.7 billion and their spread continues to threaten Midwest states! Check out the latest infestation data on INDIANA EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB) QUARANTINE MAP posted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

We are calling on YOU to help join us in slowing down this devastating pest! THANK YOU!

Pupa of an Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer pupa by J. Harris

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