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Trillium: Good things come in threes group of white trillium blooming on woodland floor
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Trillium: Good things come in threes
In my last blog post, I shared my affection for bloodroot and boldly claimed that “among the myriad of spring blooms, few thrill me as much as...
Read article: U.S. Native Tree Checklist
U.S. Native Tree Checklist
Across the United States, our urban and natural forest ecosystems support a wide range of both flora and fauna. Trees are certainly the center of...
Urban Forest: Not a contradiction but a critical resource overhead photo of a community with low residential buildings and many trees blue sky with a few white clouds
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Urban Forest: Not a contradiction, a critical resource
By definition, a forest is a large area of land covered with trees and understory growth. Traditionally, these parcels of land are often imagined as...
Bald cypress tree
Read article: One tough tree: Bald cypress
One tough tree: Bald cypress
Lessons learned: Bald cypress is a tree to know Don’t you wish you knew then what you know now? Speaking from experience, when I first began...

News Releases

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Future forests rely on stewardship, knowledge of private landowners
FREEPORT, Ill. — A forest is many things. Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife. Their leaves clean the air, and their roots filter water, slow floods, and prevent soil erosion. Timber products are crucial to local economies and tourism. Forests and woodlands also once made up more than a...
Connect with natural world, become an Illinois Master Naturalist
Quincy, Ill. – Within parks, streams, and native prairies, University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalists serve as environmental stewards in their communities.  Master Naturalists in west-central Illinois volunteered over 460 hours in 2023....
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Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference to be held in Freeport
Make plans to attend the Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference scheduled for March 2, 2024, in Freeport, Illinois, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference is designed specifically for forest landowners in the Midwest, but forestry professionals, consultants, volunteers, Master...


Making Maple Syrup - A Basic Introduction

This video gives a basic overview of all of the steps involved in making maple syrup as we walk through the maple syrup production process at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in southern Illinois.

Interested in making maple syrup? The Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in southern...


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Shiba 'Shibu' Kar

Assistant Dean: Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy Program Leader. Associate Director of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant