“The Overstory” Forestry Extension Newsletter, 4th Quarter 2015

Articles you will find in this quarter’s newsletter cover subjects about the survival or extinction of the American chestnut tree, best management practices for water diversion structures, the second part of problems with managing hardwood plantations — and yes, the answer to the “Mystery of the Yellow Bush”. Click the post and then the live LINK to read them all.

SHORT COURSE: Extreme Weather Events and Risk Management Options for Family Forests, Holly Springs, MS, 2-10-16

A short course for homeowners, landowners, foresters, loggers, policy makers.Forest management entails risk. Extreme Weather is one risk factor. Becoming aware of risks can help landowners plan for them.

Category 1 CFE and CLE credits are available for registered foresters and professional loggers respectively.

For details, and registration form click on this LINK to the brochure.

Name this Tree

 © Photo:  M. Zarate  Source: Tropical Plant Guides http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/plantguides/view.asp?chkbox=22742

This tree is found in the montane rainforests of South America and is classified as a near  threatened species by the IUCN. Trees can reach over 60 ft. high with linear-lanceolate shaped evergreen leaves arranged spirally around dark brown bark. Like all of its subgenus, the cone does not have bracts, and the seed has an apical ridge, as do its cousins in the other subgenus.  The genus translates to “foot fruit” in greek. This is because at maturity, the scales are round and look like a fleshy berry which are eaten by birds to be dispersed in the forest. The species comes from one of the oldest genus of trees on Earth (along with Ginkgo), having been endemic to the continent of Gondwana.