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...
Read article: Urban Forest: Not a contradiction, a critical resource
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...
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...
Read article: Invasive Species and Birds
Invasive Species and Birds
Nearly every deciduous plant in the Illinois landscape has lost it leaves for the year, except for one standout. The non-native, invasive shrubs...
Read article: Emerald Ash Borer: Is it okay to move firewood yet?
Emerald Ash Borer: Is it okay to move firewood yet?
Many years ago, when emerald ash borer (EAB), had just arrived in northern Illinois, a colleague came across a flatbed trailer loaded with cut ash...
Read article: Unique soil conditions create biodiversity in Flatwood Forests
Unique soil conditions create biodiversity in Flatwood Forests
Walking through the woods, you will notice that not all forests are the same. The plant composition, elevation in the land, geography, and soil...
Read article: Pokeweed teaches us to ask questions about the natural world
Pokeweed teaches us to ask questions about the natural world
Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is a showy plant that makes you stop and ask questions about it whenever it is stumbled upon - whether in...
Read article: Prescribed fire as a management tool
Prescribed fire as a management tool
As we transition to fall here in Illinois, you may see smoke in the air or see the grasslands or forests burning. These could be signs of a...
History of Forest Pest Outbreaks in North America
North America has a history of exotic pests that extirpate individual tree species, with Emerald Ash Borer serving as our modern example. In our current, ever-globalizing society there is significant risk for future outbreaks that may impact all of our trees from the urban forest to our...
New and Uncommon Invasive Plants of Forests
This presentation by Extension Forestry Research and Specialist Chris Evans was given as part of the Forest Health Updates: Invasive species, native pests, and new technologies workshop on March 29, 2021. The workshop was...
Beginning Forest Landowner Program Project Coordinator
Extension Forestry Technician, Illinois Forestry Association Coordinator
Forestry Extension and Research Specialist
Forestry Research Technician
Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator