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Trees

The Firs: the Best Christmas Trees

Ninety percent of American families pull out their wallets and buy their Christmas tree from a lot or a “cut your own” Christmas tree farm. But if you are craving a woodsier Christmas tradition, consider channeling your inner Paul Bunyan and pull out your saw instead. Getting your tree from a National Forest can be a fulfilling and adventurous family outing, but it does require a few extra considerations.

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Sentinels of the Swamp: Cypress and Tupelo Trees

Rising tall from dark, murky waters, the bald cypress tree is a stately symbol of the swamp. Associated with the bayou, Spanish moss, pelicans, egrets and alligators, the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is the state tree of Louisiana. Its feathery foliage, wide and buttressed base and irregular crown dominate many southeastern wetlands, and its range extends throughout the southeastern U.S. from southern Delaware to eastern Texas.

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Eight Important Facts You Should Know About Post-Fire Restoration

Wildfire is a necessary and important part of a natural landscape, but it is undeniable that some wildfires have harsh and negative impacts on communities, water resources, outdoor recreation resources, and fish and wildlife habitat. In these cases, post-fire restoration can be crucial to prevent further damage and to spur recovery. Check out eight facts you should know about post-fire restoration.

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Tree Profile: Whitebark Pine

It’s easy to forget just how much everything in nature is connected. We may joke about the “circle of life” and the “food chain,” but these simple concepts couldn’t be more applicable to the Whitebark Pine, Pinus albicaulis.

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