Forestbytes November 2011
IN THIS ISSUE
A Carbon Conundrum
Everyone knows that cars emit CO2. Everyone also knows that trees absorb carbon. But do you know how many trees it would take to absorb your car’s carbon emissions for a year? For your car’s lifetime? The answers might surprise you.
The Saga of the Snowy Owl and a Nature Photographer
A snowy owl is the picture of purity with its white plumes; a picture photographer Sparky Stensaas was hoping to capture one cold winter morning. Instead, he captured the unwanted attention of the county sheriff and a police K9 unit.
They Blinded Us With Science
Ecology, genetics, urban forestry, hydrology. These fields represent just a fraction of the expertise coming to American Forests via our new Science Advisory Board. We’ve gathered nine of the country’s best scientists—and plan to more than double that number in the next year—to help advise our work and point us toward the latest scientific endeavors and breakthroughs.
Going to the Birds
Imagine hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese and other birds all in the same place. Can your imagination even begin to comprehend all those wings and bills? Well, that imagining is a reality at Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge.
FOREST FILES: Hunting for Big Trees Amidst the Buckeyes
Who: Forester, botanist and big tree coordinator and hunter Brian Riley
What: Three national champion trees and more than 100 state champions
Tree Tidbits: Big trees run in the family. Ohio’s state champion European alder was planted by Brian’s grandfather in the 1950s when he worked for the USDA Forest Service.