Dogs trained to detect oak wilt, invasive species

Dogs trained to detect oak wilt, invasive species

We love dogs. Dogs have olfactory receptors in their nose. That makes they perfect to identify drugs and diseases. Now, researchers in New York are using dogs to identify the signs of an invasive species—specifically oak wilt. Bees and trees are essential to our...
Forest Farming in Appalachian Woodlands Grant

Forest Farming in Appalachian Woodlands Grant

Ever since the kids and I found ginseng, we’ve been fascinated by it. Finding it, studying it, seeing shapes in the physical roots, and drinking it in tea. But we’re also worried about ginseng. For one thing, it gets stolen and too frequently the thieves don’t respect...
Terminator Weed Potentially Fighting Climate Change

Terminator Weed Potentially Fighting Climate Change

Appearances are deceiving. Here we find that one area’s invasive plant is another’s landscape savior. I live in South Florida where we’ve had ample opportunity to see the unintended consequences of introducing non-native vegetation (and animals for that matter). Some...
Benefits of Controlled Burns

Benefits of Controlled Burns

Coal Creek Farm is a learning lab. I’ve learned about native species; flora and fauna. I’ve learned about water resources. I’ve learned that there is a new species of grasshopper living there. And, I learned that helping the land recover from...
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