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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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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
07-28-17BAGWORMS ON CONIFERS– The time for spraying bagworms this year is over. However, K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust says there are some things that can be done moving forward to help trees eventually recover from bagworm damage.TT 07-28
07-21-17SAND HILL PLUM– A well-adapted and prolifically-fruiting shrub, sand hill plum makes is a great addition to any conservation tree planting. In addition, K-State forester Bob Atchison says the sand hill plum is a source of food and cover for wildlife.TT 07-21
07-14-17SHADE TREE PLANNING– K-State forester Charlie Barden says now is definitely not the time to plant a new shade tree in the home landscape.  However, mid-summer is an excellent opportunity to look around and see where a shade tree would be beneficial. TT 07-14
07-07-17TREE FARM PROGRAM– K-State forester Bob Atchison says Kansas landowners who are truly devoted to preserving and managing the tree resources on their property may qualify for technical assistance through the American Tree Farm System.TT 07-07
06-30-17SUMMER TREE WATERING– During long stretches of dry summer weather, even established young trees may need supplemental watering to get them through the season in good shape. K-State forester Charlie Barden explains how to check trees for watering needs and how to properly water them.TT 06-30
06-23-17PRESCRIBED BURNING VALUE– Prescribed burning can be a benefit in tree resource management. Bob Atchison says the Kansas Forest Service is currently conducting research on this management approach.TT 06-23
06-16-17EARLY SUMMER PRUNING– K-State Research and Extension forester Charles Barden explains why some older trees or trees with excessive branch growth can benefit from an early summer pruning.TT 06-16
06-09-17COST-SHARE TREE PROGRAM– K-State forester Bob Atchison says landowners whose property adjoins streams and rivers that feed the major reservoirs in eastern Kansas may be eligible for cost-share assistance for planting streambank-stabilizing trees.TT 06-09
06-02-17TREE FUNGAL DISEASES– K-State forester Charlie Barden says the wet spring may well have prompted an array of fungal diseases appearing on landscape and conservation tree plantings, especially if they .   TT 06-02