Sustainability

Missouri Department of Conservation: Celebrate Spring and Plant Trees

Although Missouri’s Arbor Day isn’t until April 1 and National Arbor Day isn’t until April 29, if you’re thinking about planting some trees this spring, now is the time to start planning.

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Arbor Day Foundation both offer inexpensive ways to get some native trees to plant in your yard or around your property.

Until March 31, join the Arbor Day Foundation for only $10 and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. White flowering dogwoods also happen to be the official Missouri state tree. 

Planting Trees Can Reduce Flooding

A study for the British Environment Agency concludes that trees round a feeder stream can slow the rush of rainwater and save properties from flooding. However, it warns that natural flood prevention methods do not always work and urges a strategic approach because foresting a whole catchment would be counter-productive.

The report - from the UK's universities of Birmingham and Southampton - says that with increased building on flood plains and climate change increasing the risk of heavy rain, many places can't be completely protected by walls of concrete.

Forests Key to State Revenue

According to the South Carolina Forestry Commission and Clemson University, forests that are properly managed are the key to increased revenues in the state. 70% of forestland in the state is owned by private individuals, according to Walt McPhail, the chairman of the commission and president of the Greenville Forestry and Wildlife Society. McPhail said if landowners actively manage their forests, the forests will return the favor by producing higher quality products and amenities.

Researchers, foodies give American chestnut a second chance

Long rows of tightly planted American chestnut trees line a field here near the Minnesota-Iowa border. But these aren't your great-grandfather's chestnuts.

Those 80-foot giants with massive trunks — the kind that led Longfellow to write, "Under a spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands" — were largely wiped out by an invasive fungus in the early 1900s, nearly eradicating the trees once known as the Redwoods of the East.