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Tree Tales

Tree Tales provides advice on tree care issues, tree selection and planting, and upcoming events and publications from the Kansas Forest Service.  Each segment is approximately 2-minutes in length, and is presented by forestry experts from the Kansas Forest Service.

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01-19-18NATURAL RESOURCES CONFERENCE– Preserving and maximizing tree resources in Kansas will be but one of many topics featured at the 2018 Kansas Natural Resource Conference, February 8th and 9th in Manhattan. K-State forester Charlie Barden previews the conference.TT 01-19
01-12-18PROMOTING FOREST STEWARDSHIP– This would be a good time for landowners to reflect on the tree resources on their property…and the merits of improved resource management. K-State forester Bob Atchison is actively promoting forest stewardship to individual landowners, saying there’s plenty of informational, and even monetary, assistance available for this cause.TT 01-12
01-05-18WINTER CEDAR HEALTH– While they have no place in our vaunted native grasslands in the central plains, Eastern red cedars can serve as useful conservation plantings…as windbreaks or otherwise.  And cedars are the only tree that can change color through the late fall and winter…which could be a good or a bad thing.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust explains.TT 01-05
12-22-17SALVAGING CHRISTMAS TREES– Instead of hauling a real Christmas tree to the dump once the holidays are over, that tree can be put to a number of good uses…as wildlife habitat, mulch, or maybe even as kindling. K-State forester Charlie Barden recommends some ways to “recycle” Christmas trees beneficially.TT 12-22
12-15-17RESTORING RIPARIAN AREAS– Before a landowner can effectively go about restoring the riparian area adjacent to a river or stream, they need to take stock of what’s there right now. Then, a plan should be put together to strategically re-establish the many benefits that riparian areas provide. In the fifth and final installment of his series on riparian area management, K-State watershed forester Jarren Tindle talks about what kinds of things landowners should assess in riparian restoration.TT 12-15 
12-08-17CLEARING RIPARIAN AREAS– Those who clear the wooded areas adjacent to rivers and streams for crop production likely don’t realize the full ecological consequences of that kind of land conversion. K-State watershed forester Jarren Tindle outlines the negative impacts of removing trees and other riparian plant growth from streambanks and stresses that cost-share assistance is available for restoring those areas.TT 12-08
12-01-17RIPARIAN AREA VEGETATION– The trees, shrubs, grasses and other plant material that make up a riparian area next to a river or stream contribute greatly to streambank stabilization. K-State watershed forester Jarren Tindle says that diversity of material also impacts the entire streambed ecosystem.TT 12-01 
11-24-17RIPARIAN SEDIMENT FILTERS– The forested areas along streambanks in Kansas, called riparian areas, serve a multitude of important ecological purposes. Among those is the way they filter sediment out of runoff from heavy rains and even flooding. K-State watershed forester Jarren Tindle discusses how riparian areas function in this manner.TT 11-24
11-17-17PROTECTING NATURAL AREAS– A recent survey identified several natural areas in Kansas that provide a high-quality habitat for diverse wildlife and plant species. Unfortunately, a number of those are in close proximity to highly-populated areas, and are vulnerable to urban sprawl. K-State forester Bob Atchison takes a look at that situation, noting there are ways these sensitive areas can be protectedTT 11-17
11-10-17WOOD FOR HOME HEATING– For home owners, wood can provide an additional heat source in the winter months. K-State forester Charles Barden discusses the benefits and cautions of burning wood – whether it's used as primary or secondary heating. TT 11-10 
11-03-17FIREWOOD AND TREE MANAGEMENT– Harvesting firewood can be a productive experience in several ways.  But one thing that most don’t realize, according to K-State forester Bob Atchison, is that cutting the right trees for firewood can actually enhance the overall tree resources on a property. TT 11-03
10-27-17APPRECIATING RIPARIAN AREAS– That transition zone between upland areas and rivers and streams is what foresters call the riparian area.  K-State forester Jarren Tindle says there are scores of good reasons for conserving and protecting riparian areas.      TT 10-27
10-20-17CONTROLLING BUSH HONEYSUCKLE– It may seem innocent enough as it grows in wooded areas, but bush honeysuckle is considered an invasive species that can overrun woodlands and riparian areas.  Forestry experts strongly recommend that landowners take measures to control bush honeysuckle. K-State forester Charlie Barden talks more about the nature of this undesirable species and what to do to knock it back.TT 10-20
10-13-17SELECTING QUALITY FIREWOOD– The shorter and cooler days serve as a reminder that it's time to start securing firewood for the winter. K-State forester Charlie Barden discusses the heating value of the various wood species, and what constitutes quality firewood.  TT 10-13
10-06-17USING A FOREST CONTRACTOR– Managing tree resources can be a daunting task for some landowners.  In those cases, employing a professional forest contractor may be a wise investment. K-State forester Bob Atchison explains how the services of a contractor can be beneficial, and how to find one in your area.TT 10-06 
09-29-17FALL TREE PLANTING– Now that the cooler weather of fall has rolled in, it's a great time to add new trees to the home landscape.  While there’s a fairly wide window for fall tree planting, some species need to be put in earlier than others. K-State forester Charlie Barden offers a few simple guidelines to succeeding with a new tree planting.                           TT 09-29
09-22-17KANSAS TREE INVENTORY– The Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University is routinely involved in a periodic survey of Kansas tree resources. The latest count shows the volume of trees is now declining, which bucks a long-standing trend. K-State forester Bob Atchison reports on the survey results and their implications.TT 09-22 
09-15-17KANSAS FALL COLOR– Autumn is coming on, and with it, the colorful display put on by trees and other plant growth across the landscape. K-State forester Charlie Barden invites everyone to enjoy the fall color that Kansas has to offer, which he maintains is vastly underrated.TT 09-15
09-08-17FORESTRY FIELD DAY– The Kansas Forest Service at K-State is hosting its 2017 Fall Forestry Field Day in Riley County on October 4th. K-State forester Bob Atchison says the Field Day will cover a number of topics pertaining to tree resources. TT 09-08
09-01-17KANSAS TREE HISTORY – Kansas is not known as a forest-laden state.  However, there is quite a legacy of tree resources in the state...one that K-State forester Charlie Barden thinks needs to be replenished.TT 09-01
08-25-17MANAGING FOR ACORNS– The acorns borne by oak trees serve as an important food resource for a host of wildlife. K-State forester Bob Atchison offers advice for landowners who want to manage their oaks as a resource for wildlife on their property.TT 08-25
08-18-17SMOKY BEAR CAMPAIGN– Smoky Bear has been the centerpiece of the U.S. Forest Service’s wildfire prevention campaign for decades. K-State forester Charlie Barden says there have been recent additions to the Smoky Bear campaign that are worth checking out.TT 08-18 
08-11-17ELM INSECT PESTS– Elms are among the most majestic shade trees  However, they are vulnerable to elm leaf beetles and elm flea weevils, which can make them look unhealthy. K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust says the good thing is that they are not a major threat to the long-term well-being of elm trees.TT 08-11
08-04-17RIPARIAN RESTORATION PROJECT– Over the last few decades, certain portions of the Arkansas River basin in Kansas has been overrun with invasive tree species.  K-State forester Bob Atchison  says a new project, managed by the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, will take steps to clear those species out and restore those parts of the basin to native tree and plant growth.  TT 08-04