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Nicholls State growing coast-adapted plants for restoration

Jan. 11, 2020 11:12 AM EST

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Faculty and students at a Louisiana university are growing plants that thrive in tough coastal conditions to help restore the state's dwindling coast. “This is a long-term investment in producing seeds for the future,” Nicholls State University biology chair Quenton...

Wildlife officials set record number of controlled burns

Dec. 28, 2019 2:11 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts wildlife officials have carried out a record number of controlled burns in the state this year. During 2019, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife said it conducted 14 prescribed burns on more than 761 acres of state land and 115 acres of municipal land. The burns...

Alabama fan who poisoned Auburn trees increases restitution

Dec. 15, 2019 12:00 PM EST

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama fan convicted of poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees has increased his restitution payments since prosecutors threatened to have him jailed, court records show. One-time Texas state trooper Harvey Updyke has made $3,330 in court-ordered payments...

Close up of the Alwood bur oak tree on the Drillfield in Blacksburg Va. Friday November 15 2019. According to a plaque at the base of the tree it was planted in 1895 by William Bradford Alwood, professor of horticulture and mycology and entomology.  (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Virginia Tech arborist branches out on Blacksburg campus

Nov. 30, 2019 9:01 AM EST

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Beneath the canopy of a bur oak on Virginia Tech's campus, Jamie King kneels, analyzing dirt. Using a device called a slide hammer, he's taken a sample of soil from near the tree. Metal sleeves capture the dirt as it appeared in the ground. He works diligently, cutting a sample with...

Salem Oak seedlings to be distributed across New Jersey

Nov. 22, 2019 7:15 AM EST

SALEM, N.J. (AP) — When we inevitably leave this earth one day, we live on through our progeny. That's true even if you're a 600-year-old tree. The famed, historic Salem Oak unexpectedly fell to its demise in June. But New Jersey officials announced a plan Wednesday to ensure the tree's legacy by...