The American chestnut was once one of the most common tree species in eastern U.S. forests. Since the introduction of chestnut blight in the early 20th century, it has been reduced to a small number of scattered, yet diseased survivors.
A colleague of mine once described a necktie as an elongated piece of fabric worn around the neck for no apparent reason. I'm sure some of our more fashionable friends might disagree. After all, even with questionable functionality the necktie is certainly a fashion statement.
Homeowners can make their yards not only more attractive but their homes more energy-efficient by planting the right trees in the right place, a Purdue Extension urban forestry specialist says.
Lindsey Purcell said trees create a cooling effect during the hot summer months and allow for passive solar gain - heat directly from the sun after leaves have fallen - during winter months.
Are you an Indiana classroom teacher interested in learning more about Indiana's forest resources and how to integrate them into your classroom? The Indiana Division of Forestry, along with Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources, will conduct the Indiana Natural Resources Teacher Institute the week of June 22-26 at the Forestry Training Center at Morgan-Monroe State Forest.