Stories tagged: trees
FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2016, 1:50 P.M.
Drought kills 102 million trees in California, report shows
The California drought has killed more than 102 million trees in a die-off of forests that increases the risk of catastrophic wildfires and other threats to humans, officials said Friday.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2016, 1:21 P.M.
City works quickly to deliver water to parched trees in Riverfront Park
At least two trees in Riverfront Park lost their leaves after going without water for an unknown amount of time during the summer heat. Contracted workers are using firehoses, among …
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2016, 4 P.M.
In the Garden: Vibrant, hardy viburnums a year-round joy
While we gardeners love our blooming annuals and perennials, trees and shrubs provide a backdrop for the floral display throughout the season. One of the loveliest shrubs ideal for growing …
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016, 11:12 A.M.
Forest Service warns of snapping trees in North Idaho
Large fir trees in North Idaho forests are supporting so many cones that they are in danger of snapping.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016, 4:59 P.M.
Group clones California’s huge trees to fight climate change
A cadre of modern day Johnny Appleseeds believe California’s giant sequoias and coastal redwoods are blessed with some of the heartiest genetics of any trees on Earth – and that …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016
Gardening: Many trees showing signs of drought stress
Deep watering will help trees through hot and dry summers.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016, 3:30 P.M.
Front Porch: Death makes room for life – and three trees for future
There they are, three small subalpine fir trees in my front yard. They stand fresh and new with their roots beginning to move (hopefully) from their root ball into the …
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016, 3:40 P.M.
Years of drought causing tree die-off in Oregon forests
Pines, oaks and madrone do better in drought conditions than Douglas firs, but even more drought-tolerant trees like ponderosa pines have lost out in southern Oregon’s competition for water.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016
Front Porch: Windstorm uncovers tree’s buried problems
There are more than three dozen ponderosas surrounding my house, from a few that are 5 feet tall to the big guy just outside my front door that’s more than …
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016, 7 P.M.
Reviving the urban forest: Advice for replacing trees lost to windstorm
On Nov. 17, Spokane was hit with a severe windstorm that caused hundreds of trees to topple. Many homeowners are now faced with the task of replacing those trees while …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016
Gardening: Warmer weather means it’s time to plant new trees
When buying a tree, do some research to find varieties you like. The grocery stores generally carry only a half dozen of the more than 5,000 varieties of apple that …
FRIDAY, DEC. 25, 2015, 9:14 P.M.
In windstorm aftermath, arborists suggest evaluations before removing more trees
As students started their journey home on Nov. 17, a towering pine collapsed on a parked car just outside Jefferson Elementary School. Teachers and school leaders hurried children back inside …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9, 2015
Gardening with Pat Munts: Have arborists assess storm-damaged trees
One of the biggest problems that has emerged after the cleanup is that some trees have been uprooted but not enough to topple them. Again spruces seem to be the …
TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2015
Editorial: Lend a hand or ask for help; we’re in this disaster together
The Inland Northwest was knocked flat by an unprecedented winds, but citizens are rallying to the cause.
THURSDAY, AUG. 6, 2015
Serving Spokane Valley: Lands Council coaxes trees’ growth along Latah Creek
For now, the banks of Latah Creek near Valleyford are overgrown with weeds and invasive grasses. But environmentalists hope that in 50 years, a grove of towering aspen and cottonwood …
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015
City plans tree giveaway to cut water pollution
A fir tree can absorb almost 300 gallons of water per year. An ash tree takes care of about 100 gallons. Dogwoods only take in about 26 gallons. For the …
SUNDAY, FEB. 1, 2015
Huckleberries: Hudson’s racks up another tasty tribute
You can add another accolade to the pile accumulated by historic Hudson’s Hamburgers in downtown Coeur d’Alene – “Most Iconic Restaurant in Idaho.” So says the Huffington Post, which picked …
SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2015
Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene tree trim reveals open vista
Coeur d’Alene no longer has the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demanding a clear-cut of trees along its waterfront Dike Road. But the city is busy removing dozens of pines …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2014
Experts set sights on saving threatened whitebark pines
Whitebark pines are tough trees. They’re among the first plants to colonize barren ridgetops. And from thin, rocky soils, they produce oil-rich seeds that feed a host of wildlife, from …
THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2014
Storm-felled trees still keeping cleanup workers busy
Several weeks after storms hit, local arborists continue cleaning up toppled trees for homeowners across the Inland Northwest. Homeowners who had a tree blown over in their yard can pay …
SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2013
Idaho Panhandle National Forests plan panned by environmentalists
Majestic old stands of pines, cedars and firs don’t have enough protections under the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ draft management plan, according to environmental groups, who say the big trees …
SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2013
Beetle-killed trees eyed as biofuel source
A consortium of universities, private companies and government agencies are using a $10 million grant from the USDA to learn how to convert beetle-killed trees into biofuel. Scientists from the …
THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013
Weather has been ideal for fall colors in Inland Northwest
Do the larches look especially golden this year? The aspens, brighter than usual?
SUNDAY, OCT. 27, 2013
Girl’s wish for heart-shaped tree park becomes reality in Spokane
After plenty of pestering by a precocious 9-year-old, there’s a new grove of freshly planted trees in a north Spokane park. Holly VanVoorhis was 7 when she asked her dad, …
THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013
New sidewalk on Lyons Avenue comes at cost of trees
It’s a story that has been repeated in a few neighborhoods this summer: a new sidewalk is going in and mature trees are cut down to make room for it, …
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013
Issues cropping up with apricot, other fruit trees
Well, I do believe we are going to a have tomato summer this year for the first time in several years. Many people are already harvesting cucumbers and zucchini and …
TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013
Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer project wraps up
A five-year project to use trees to promote the health of the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer has ended, with new trees planted, a blueprint for where to plant more, a boost …
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013
Dry conditions killing Douglas fir trees
OLYMPIA – The mortality rate for young Douglas fir trees throughout Western Washington is on the rise due to drought-like conditions late last summer and this spring, according to state …
THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013
Topped trees near Indian Canyon Golf Course frustrate city
Neighbors along the east side of Indian Canyon Golf Course got a surprise when they heard chainsaws at 5:40 a.m. on May 20. A subcontractor was topping trees to clear …
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013
Tree inventory helps arborists plan for Spokane’s future
It’s almost like money growing on trees. A new city report has counted, measured and placed a monetary value on nearly every tree on city property.