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Utilizing Urban Timber

The urban forest provides municipalities, homeowners, business owners, and visitors with many wonderful benefits, but it can also present unique problems. Urban trees may reach proportions matching those found in the wild and when grown in tight spaces, as is common in cities, they can be very difficult to remove when the time comes. The issue then becomes what to do with all of the wood?

Silent Auction at IOS Conference

The upcoming IOS Conference for the first time will feature a silent auction. The proceeds will fund scholarships for students wishing to attend the 2018 Conference. I would like to ask members to search their libraries, collections, nurseries, or workshops to find items they would be willing donate to this auction. Any oak related item such as books, paintings, photographs, live trees, oak woodwork, etc. would be great. If you have items to donate, please contact me at russellry76@yahoo.com to make arrangements.

Pruning Young Oaks

This tree had not been pruned for many years, if at all and as a result it had grown competing leaders. These co-dominant stems were already becoming an issue and if left unchecked, would become a much larger issue...

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