The Forestry Commission urban and community forestry program’s outreach served an estimated 1.6 million citizens during FY2018-19. Pictured: Urban Forestry Coordinator Frances Waite, Piedmont Urban Forester Dena Whitesides and Pee Dee Urban Forester Lois Edwards led a tree planting project in Marion as part of a SC Floodwater Commission workday in June. The purpose of the tree planting was to help alleviate flooding in the City of Marion. #SCForestry#NASF100#CentennialChallenge#ForestProud
Claro Walnut is indigenous to California.The name Claro is derived from the Italian word "chiari," which means "clear," or " luminous. The California Claro walnut has more color than many other walnut varieties. You can find this world renowned wood in anything from straight grained lumber all the way to highly figured burl and everything in between. #Nowyouknow#mondayknowledge#woodisgood#tidbit#epoxytable#clarowood#clarowalnut
PHASE 1 of Tree Harvesting: Abscission (aka Leaf Stripping)
When leaves turn colors and fall off this time of year, it’s a process known as leaf abscission. This is caused by the plant undergoing senescence (aging). It’s life cycle signals it’s ready to break down the chlorophyll (what makes the leaves green and photosynthetic) and store those molecules until the spring while the plant lies dormant.
Our job was to speed along the process of leaves falling by carefully stripping them off once their senescence was activated. Stripping off the leaves also prevents mold in cold storage (see PHASE 3) after harvesting.
We had the pleasure of assisting Three Rivers Park District’s tree nursery staff last week for their fall harvest! These trees are started off here at the nursery and then planted in any given Three Rivers parks around the twin cities metro area. Stay tuned for more documentation of our work there and fun facts about their operation!