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Southern New Mexico Oak Open Days

The New Mexico Oak Open Days were a six-day whirlwind tour of the state covering more than 1,400 miles. Led by IOS founding member Michael Meléndrez of Los Lunas, NM, attendees were wowed by a dozen species of oaks plus numerous non-oak species.

Kansas City, Missouri’s Legacy Tree Program

Late September in Missouri is typically the start of acorn season, the most important time of the year for a quercophile. My good friend, Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture for Powell Gardens, south of Kansas City, had sent me pictures of a few cool oaks he had recently found. I invited myself up for a day trip to tag along with Alan and his lead propagator Jesse Stauffer-Baum.

Utilizing Urban Timber

The urban forest provides municipalities, homeowners, business owners, and visitors with many wonderful benefits, but it can also present unique problems. Urban trees may reach proportions matching those found in the wild and when grown in tight spaces, as is common in cities, they can be very difficult to remove when the time comes. The issue then becomes what to do with all of the wood?

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