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Source: Landscapes Architect Network #3 Self-defense and communication Trees are masters of both self-defense and communication. Scientists have found that when attacked by insects, trees can flood their leaves with chemicals called phenolics. These noxious compounds are distasteful to tree pests and can even impede their growth. What’s amazing is that once a tree is […]

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Source: Landscapes Architect Network #4 Did trees really kill the dinosaurs?  There is a theory that the evolution of tall, woody, flowering trees (angiosperms) might have played a pivotal role in the extinction of the dinosaurs. It is believed, by some, that the speed at which flowering plants evolved on Earth (possibly spurred on by […]

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Source: Landscapes Architect Network #5 Saving energy and money Most people know that trees near buildings can raise property prices by an average of 14 percent in the U.K. and as much as up to 37 percent in the U.S. But trees can also have an impact on the energy used for heating and cooling […]

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Source: Landscapes Architect Network #6 Who needs a compass When lost, it is possible to use trees to assist you in navigation. In northern temperate climates, moss will grow on the northern side of the tree trunk, where it is shadier. Failing that, if you find a tree that has been cut down, you can […]

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Source: Landscapes Architect Network #7 Trees and wildlife You probably knew that trees were good for wildlife, but did you know just how good? For example, the common English Oak (Quercus Robur) can support hundreds of different species, including 284 species of insect and 324 taxa (species, sub-species, and varieties) of lichens living directly on […]

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Source: Landscapes Architect Network Trees and Oxygen Fact #8: A Balance of Carbon and Oxygen A single 30-meter-tall mature tree can absorb as much as 22.7 kilograms (50 pounds) of carbon dioxide in a year, which over it’s lifetime is approximately the same amount as would be produced by an average car being driven 41,500 […]

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Source: Two Sides The concept of avoiding use of paper in order to save trees may seem logical and has been adopted by many. The reality, however, is that avoiding use of paper may well result in significant loss of forest land in North America. North American forests are a global resource, providing critical, renewable […]

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Source: Jasper Fitzhugh Using prescribed burns to slow the spread of the mountain pine beetle is an expensive method that likely won’t work, according to at least one scientist who’s studied the beetle for the past 20 years. Diana Six, a professor of forest entomology and pathology at the University of Montana, cast doubt on […]

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Source: Wood Naturally Great short video from woodnaturally.com With few exceptions, homes are framed with softwood lumber. Wood is a cost-effective structural material that’s easy to build with and familiar to DIYers, builders and contractors. So it’s ideal to create the enclosure for an energy efficient home. Building with wood can also significantly lower a home’s […]

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Source: American Forests By Austa Somvichian-Clausen In light of the recently dipping temperatures thanks to Winter Storm Jonas, have you ever thought about how certain trees are able to thrive in such extreme cold? While you’re cozying up on the couch this evening with a piping mug of hot chocolate, take a minute to read […]

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Source: E&E News If the invention of steel forged the high-rise, the iconic building’s future may be pine. This fall, the future will be under construction in the United States. A 12-story high-rise built primarily of wood is set to go up in Portland, Ore., like giant Lincoln Logs extending more than 100 feet into […]

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Source: Wood Naturally SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY Sustainable forest management helps meet society’s need for wood products, while respecting the values people attach to forests and preserving forest health and diversity for the future. Modern forest practices help keep the environment in balance, taking into account water and soil quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and biodiversity, as well […]

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Source: Wood Naturally HEALTHY HOME When it comes to health and wellness, the design of your home may prove to be just as important as your diet, sleep habits or exercise routine. This is the premise behind biophilic design – the idea that incorporating natural elements into your home, such as wood, water, sunlight or plants, […]

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Source: Wood Naturally  GREEN BUILDING As trees grow, they absorb harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, naturally purifying our air. Through photosynthesis, the carbon gets stored in wood fibers in a tree’s roots, trunk and branches, and oxygen is released—so that people and animals have healthy air to breathe. When trees are harvested, the carbon […]

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Source: Wood Naturally WOOD IS A NATURAL INSULATOR Energy efficiency is critically important as we seek to better use the planet’s finite resources. As more homes move towards a net zero goal, meaning the amount of energy used is roughly equal to renewable energy created by the home, more attention is being paid to the […]

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