Friday, July 10, 2020
EST 2019

Don’t blame logging for bushfires

Our landscape-scale study was based on an area analysis of all age-classes of mountain ash forest that burnt in the 2009 Kilmore and Murrindindi fires. Our study demonstrated conclusively that the Kilmore and Murrindindi fires burnt through forests irrespective of their tenure. It mattered not if the forest was managed for timber harvesting or national park or any other value – all of these areas burnt with the exception of some young post-harvesting regrowth. It is equally obvious that the recent fires in 2019-20 burnt through hundreds of thousands of hectares of national parks, distant and remote from timber harvesting areas.

By Forestry Times , in OPINION WORLD , at June 28, 2020

The Astonishing Street Trees of Hackney, London

It’s not just the local municipality that is investing in street trees. Increasing numbers of residents take the time to plant up the ground around tree trunks outside their homes. The tree pits close to the corner of Culford Road and Englefield Road, for example, have the feel of a wild meadow, while others in the area boast prim displays of bedding plants or herbs. Across the area, young street trees bear signs beseeching residents to use their old bath water to keep them watered. “It’s important that people learn to love their trees and take ownership of them,” says Burke.

By Forestry Times , in OPINION , at June 24, 2020

History of the Arb Show

There will, of course, be no Arb Show in 2020, the event’s 22nd instalment having fallen victim to COVID-19 in mid-March – the cancellation inevitable as the Government clamped down on large gatherings, and the decision to abandon correct.
Still though, there was considerable hand-wringing at the Arboricultural Association, where Simon, the Senior Technical Officer, and his team debated the matter over and again, considering contingencies and outlining options before at last accepting defeat and agreeing to pull the plug.

By Forestry Times , in OPINION Events , at June 24, 2020

Tree planters adapt to working during pandemic

Sweat sticks, clogged with dust. Mosquitoes whine madly. Muscles are knotted, feet burning, a 20-pound sack of tree seedlings rubs a hip with every trudging step, building on a nasty, season-long blister. It’s been nine hours on this mountainside, with every planted tree worth 17 cents.

Step. Dig. Plant. Step. Dig. Plant.

Finally back at the truck, a mask has to be put on a grimy face, and then it’s back with the same three people as yesterday. And the day before. And the 20 days before that. Tomorrow will see it all repeated.

By tenweb_manager_plugin , in OPINION , at June 22, 2020

2020 Arboricultural Association Conference Postponed

“This was an extremely difficult decision for us to make and is hugely disappointing for everyone. It is impossible to predict what the national situation will look like in the first week of September, but our feeling is that even if restrictions have been fully or partially lifted by then, it will still be extremely difficult to go ahead with this event in its ordinary format. We are still working on the details, but our intention is for the Trees and Society theme and all of the fantastic speakers which we have already confirmed to be transferred to Conference 2021.”

By Forestry Times , in Events UK , at June 22, 2020

Consultation launched on the England Tree Strategy

Plans to accelerate tree planting and improve the management of our existing trees and woodlands are underway as the government recently (19 June) launched a consultation to inform a new England Tree Strategy.

Everyone – from farmers, foresters and land managers, experts and environmental organisations, to members of the public – is being invited to give their views on the future creation and management of our trees, woodlands and forests.

By Forestry Times , in UK , at June 22, 2020

TCI EXPO 2020 Will Not be Held this Year

With the direction and support of our board of directors, TCIA has made the difficult decision to not hold TCI EXPO 2020. TCI EXPO has been the world’s largest tree care show and conference for the past 30 years. As the producer of this great show, the Tree Care Industry Association takes our responsibility very seriously to be the leader in safety and doing what is right for our attendees, and the industry at large.

By Forestry Times , in Events US , at June 17, 2020