“It does seem odd that the trees were removed from spots that homeless people cool off at or take shelter to wait for the bus.”
“Those shady trees gave much beauty and respite to us all. They will be missed.”
“By letting the urban forest become too dense over the last several generations, and by failing to clear away the underbrush bears love, we have invited them back in from the wilderness.”
“Our trees and their arboreal cohorts all across Asheville could be —should be — our city’s most effective and affordable defense against the dangerous flooding, erosion and temperature extremes that climate change is increasingly inflicting on us.”
“Eight percent of our urban forest — all the trees in Asheville — were lost in the past 10 years.”
“It is completely possible to design a security lighting system that does not destroy the integrity of this space and that would not require the removal of trees.”
Highlands’ visual arts center The Bascom will exhibit the contemporary furniture maker’s work from Saturday, July 2, through Saturday, Aug. 27, with an opening reception on Tuesday, July 5.
“A stand of about 70 tall, beautiful old trees on the South Slope of Asheville is in danger of being removed. It is one of the last, if not the very last, undeveloped wooded areas in this part of downtown.”
It seems like it took forever to get spring going this year. The wet and cool conditions we’ve experienced during the late winter and early spring in Western North Carolina made it feel like winter just refused to leave our region. (But — even now — there’s a possibility of frost Thursday night, April 25.) They say that good things come to those who wait, and it must be true, because many locations are enjoying gorgeous blooming trees.
It’s amazing how different each year can be as the ever-changing seasons unfold before our eyes. You may remember that the spring of 2012 was warm — very warm, with average temperatures last March that were over 9 degrees above normal in Western North Carolina. This year has been significantly different.
Pick out a last-minute tree and set the kids loose at an elf village during the final days of Tom Sawyer Tree Farm’s holiday festivities.
The bright yellows of Goldenrod are now plentiful in fields and along roadways in Western North Carolina; last weekend’s cold front brought cooler and drier air into the region; and you may have noticed that some of the leaves on the trees are beginning to lose their deep green color. These first signs of the coming autumn are a welcome sight to many of us who claim fall to be our favorite season.
One of the most amazing transformations in nature is on display right here in Western North Carolina as trees and vegetation come alive in the spring.
ECO will offer a backyard orchard class to anyone interested in growing an orchard from the ground up. Photo by Bill Rhodes.
Pamela McCown from AB-Tech’s Institute for Climate Education sent us this cool graphic, using NASA satellite data to show forest cover in green over Western North Carolina. Learn more about what’s on tap for discovery at the Institute within.
Why are city crews cutting down trees along Patton Avenue?
When white folks arrived on these shores, American chestnuts were the dominant tree from Georgia to Maine; then in the early 1900s, an imported disease virtually wiped them out — an estimated 4 billion trees. Now, thanks to the American Chestnut Foundation—and its genetic improvement program—the trees are positioned to make a comeback. Here, ACF President Bryan Burhans and Natural Landscape Crew Leader Tony Morrison pose with one of the newly planted, blight-resistant young trees.
Ten trees arrived at the Wedge Brewery, their roots wrapped in burlaped balls of dirt, on the the back of a flatbed truck. “They look kind of funny up there, on the truck,” said Julia McAffee of Chicago who was there to drink beer, not plant trees. “I had no idea people did things like […]
Free Trees! Asheville High students Jake Rickman and Clay Hurand listen to RiverLink’s Dave Russell, right, talk about the history of the mill site, where the nonprofit is set up for its annual tree giveaway.
Two Bradford pear trees and one maple tree were cut down at Hillcrest apartments yesterday, July 27. However, with less than 24-hour notice about the tree removal, residents wondered if the trees were cut down because of recent security-camera installations
All the trees on [Interstate] 40 along the sloped median strip from Exit 64 to Exit 55 are being clear-cut. Not trimmed, but totally destroyed. I do not believe road hazard — or visibility or whatever explanation the North Carolina Department of Transportation chooses to present — justifies this total destruction of the environment. Now […]