Forestry and Gardening

Environment
10:11 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Tree Stewards: A Good Time to Plant

Robin Hanes and Marjie Giuliano potting trees.
Credit Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards

Charlottesville’s Farmers Market will offer a surprising commodity this fall.  Between the pumpkins and mums, buyers will find 500 trees - part of a push to get people planting in autumn.

Robin Hanes is a tree commissioner in the city of Charlottesville , so it’s no surprise to find her promoting planting of trees - but it seems odd, as the leaves are falling, to find her putting trees in the ground now.   Most people do their planting in the spring, but Hanes says that’s not ideal .

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Big Meadows Unique Eco-System
1:43 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Fire Officials Plan Controlled Burns

As firefighters battle huge blazes in the west, officials at our nearest national park are preparing to set fire to one of the most beautiful parts of the Shenandoah – the Big Meadows, an ecosystem found nowhere else in the world.  

There was a time in history when Smokey Bear was the second most recognized character in America – behind Santa Claus.

But after thirty years of public service announcements and heroic efforts by park rangers and firefighters, science persuaded the National Park Service that setting small, regular fires could be a good thing.  

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Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
12:12 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Protecting One of Virginia's Most Endangered Birds

Credit Derrick Hamrick via Nature Conservancy

Pine forests were once common in this part of the world -- from New Jersey to Florida and west to Texas.  It was a rich environment for a small and smart little woodpecker that is now endangered.

When settlers first arrived in what is now the American southeast, they found 90 million acres of mature pines – the perfect material for home and ship construction – and something that had to come down so the newcomers could farm.  Today, only 3% of that ecosystem remains.

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Environment
8:13 am
Tue July 2, 2013

A Look at Virginia's Invasive Plant Species

Credit http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/puelo.htm

Does your upcoming holiday weekend include some yard work? Maybe trying to control invasive plants taking over your landscaping? Butch Kelley is a volunteer with the Virginia Native Plant Society…
Butch, before we talk plants, what is the Native Plant Society?

Virginia Native Plant Society's Web Site

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Inside Janelia Farms
2:28 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Backpacks for Dragonflies

Credit Photo: Rachel Grossman

In Loudon County, part of Northern Virginia,  scientists are doing big research on a very small insect. And the results could have major implications for how the brain functions. 

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