Blog & Updates

The Creativity of Hemlock

Jul 28, 2020

Hemlock trees even keep their own stumps alive, so the forest can keep growing.

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The Creativity of American Beech

Jul 12, 2020

Beech can even invade the impenetrable hemlocks.

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The Creativity of Basswood

Jul 03, 2020

As wild as are the roots of yellow birch, the branches of basswood are wilder. You can't keep a good basswood down.

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Voyaging Roots -- The Yellow Birch

Jun 13, 2020

Yellow birch roots are great travelers

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Paperback of Sprout Lands is Out

May 25, 2020

The ancient commons are a model for today's urban forest.

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Sprout Lands: A Conversation with William Bryant Logan with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Aug 29, 2019

A lecture by William Bryant Logan, author of Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees, followed by a conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass (2014).

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Resourceful Ironwood

Mar 11, 2019

A small ironwood, Carpinus caroliniana, on the edge of Lincoln Pond in the Helderbergs. It looks like high water at some point almost drowned it. But not quite. On the right hand stem, a lateral has become the new leader. How did it happen?

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The Power of Reiteration

Feb 27, 2019

By repeating themselves, trees can revive even after they fail. Branches can become trees of their own. Roots in a hollow can become the source of a new tree. Here, a fallen osage orange has turned two lateral branches into 30 foot tall trees. The one at the end is now putting down its own roots. When the old tree dies, this tree will carry on, genetically identical. This is called phoenix regeneration.

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Willow Pollards

Feb 09, 2019

The ancient tradition of pollarding willows is still alive on the Somerset Levels near Bristol in western England. It is a landscape full of stunning ancient pollards, but there are farmers who still regularly cut their willows, using the sprouts for hurdles, wattle fencing and baskets.

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