Utah Forest News
Soil Assessment for Urban Trees
This webinar presented by Bryant Scharenbroch. Details coming soon.
Where to Cut a Christmas Tree in Utah
Learn the details about where to safely and legally cut a Christmas Tree in Utah and learn about how to care for your tree
Forest to Frame: Two Days of Touring and Workshops to Advance Mass Timber Construction in Utah
Cross-laminated timber workshop and forestry practices tour led by Utah State University Forestry Extension
Utah State Professor testifies in Washington D.C. regarding wild horse and burro management
Utah State Associate Professor Eric Thacker testified at a hearing in Washington D.C. regarding wild horse and burro management. The hearing was called by the Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining to discuss the long-term options of the Bureau...
The Landscape Architect in the Nursery: Tagging Trees and Enforcing Specifications
This webinar presented by James Urban, FASLA and Paul Josey, ASLA, will guide landscape architects and arborist inspecting the technical quality of B&B and container trees; and discuss common problems and solutions above and below the ground line. The web...
“Biological Wildfire” of Invasive Annual Grasses in the West: Urgency, Risks, and Promising New Solutions
What is known about invasive annual grasses in western rangelands? We explain promising, research-tested solutions that have been proven in the field.
Tracking the lives of some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world with Jim Lutz
Jim Lutz, Utah State University Associate Professor is tracking trees in Yosemite National Park as part of a long term study. The BBC reported on his findings here.
Causey Estates Community Defends Against Wildfire Threats
The Causey Estates Homeowners Association,conducted a series of wildfire preparedness and mitigation efforts prior to Utah’s busiest wildfire season on record.
Colorado Business Loan Fund: Collaboration Key to Investing in our Biomass Business Community
Colorado Business Loan Fund, Collaboration Key to Investing in our Biomass Business Community
WUI Grant Helps Reduce Threat to Woodland Hills
At the south end of Utah County at the base of the Mt. Nebo Watershed is the City of Woodland Hills...
2019 Update: Region-wide Juniper Mortality in Southeastern Utah
Pinyon juniper die-off update from November 2018 in southeastern Utah.
The Salt Dilemma: Growing Better Urban Trees in Northern Climates
Can urban trees and city winter weather protocols peacefully co-exist? Join us for a discussion of the latest research findings related to successfully growing trees under these conditions.
Region-wide juniper mortality in southeastern Utah
Juniper mortality has scientists scratching their heads, prompting a field trip to the site in late November 2018.
Reducing tree (and soil!) damage during construction
As the pace of urban development increases, urban green spaces, and urban trees in particular, come in direct conflict with bulldozers and backhoes. With careful early planning and an understanding of how tree damage occurs, strategies for tree preservati...
Promoting forest resilience - One acre at a time
Northern Utah landowner Curtis Rex is creating fire breaks, clearing dead and dying timber, and improving wildlife habitat on a 70-acre restoration project, in partnership with NRCS and Utah DFFSL
Special Learn at Lunch Webinar: Prescribed fire policy barriers: Findings from a JFSP project on challenges and strategies on federal lands across the West
We are conducting a project investigating barriers to prescribed fire across the West for the BLM and the US Forest Service. Our goals are to identify the origin and range of interpretation of perceived policy barriers and characterize the opportunities a...
Special Webinar Symposium: Oak Management
Gambel oak management in Colorado, fire disturbance, Potential habitat for Gambel oak to spread northward under climate scenarios, state of the knowledge on ecology and management of Gambel oak
Another successful Forestry Practices Tour, Logan Canyon, September 2018
The Annual Forestry Practices Tour was hosted by Utah State University, Forestry Extension
Darren Morgan, Seattle Urban Forestry Manager
Learn at Lunch Webinar: Seattle's Approach to Street Trees and Sidewalks
Distinguished Forestry Professor, Dr. Jim Long Receives National Award
Society of American Foresters awards Dr. Jim Long Award in Forest Science. Distinguished Professor Dr. Jim Long retires.
Learn at Lunch Webinar - Marin Chambers, CSU
Post-fires conifer regeneration in ponderosa pine forests of the southern Rocky Mountains, USA
LANDFIRE in the Intermountain West - impacts, collaboration, and notes from the field
LANDFIRE in the intermountain west, The Nature Conservancy, sage brush, greater sage grouse
034 - Biochar for Forest Restoration in Western States
This factsheet introduces biochar, bio-oil, synthesis gas, pyrolysis, and torrified wood products to the reader. We describe biochar production methods and applications for forest restoration projects in the Intermountain West.
Utah Forest Fact Sheets, urban forestry, how to plant a tree, post planting tree care, avoiding insect damage, fire awareness, preventing wildlife damage, tree identification
037 - Hazardous Fuels Reduction Using Flame Cap Biochar Kilns
This fact sheet describes a do-it-yourself technique for making small-batch biochar. The Utah Biomass Resources Group has demonstrated this method for reducing hazardous forest fuels, protects soils, and creates biochar using simple, low-cost materials.
036 - Protect Your Home from Wildfire: Ember Awareness Checklist
Use this fact sheet to learn how to protect your home from wildfire. Learn more about ignition prevention, managing fuel, and download the ember awareness checklist
025 - Prescribed Fire on Public Lands
This fact sheet helps readers understand prescribed fire planning and implementation on public lands
038 - Identifying & Preventing Porcupine Damage to Trees
This fact sheet describes the basic ecology and behavior of the porcupine and identifies ways to determine if porcupines are damaging trees on your property. We explain specific techniques for protecting trees and property from porcupine damage
031 - The Regeneration of Aspen Stands in Southern Utah
This factsheet describes research conducted at Utah State University that identified factors to improve the success of regenerating aspen in southern Utah. The presence of pre-harvest advance reproduction, site preparation by broadcast burning, and decrea...
035 - A New Utah Forest Insect Pest: Balsam Woolly Adelgid
This fact sheet introduces an invasive forest pest, the balsam woolly adelgid, and discusses its impacts on Utah forests, life cycle traits, identifying characteristics, control methods, and steps that Utah partners are taking to combat this pest.
032 - Trees and Climate Change
This factsheet describes the relationship between forests and climate change. We explain ways that trees can mitigate risks associated with climate change. We discuss specific ways that trees can be used to reduce or counter carbon emissions directly and ...
022 - Preventing Deer Damage to Your Trees and Shrubs
Deer/human conflicts have increased recently due to several factors. This can be reduced by selecting unpalatable plants, using burlap or trunk protectors, and using deer repellent. In extreme cases, deer can be completely excluded with a fence.
004 - Pruning Landscape Trees: An Overview
Mike Kuhns. This fact sheet describes why, when, and how to prune branches from landscape trees. It describes where to make pruning cuts to avoid stubs and flush-cuts, and describes why wound dressings
008 - Managing Forests for Water Quality: Streamside Management Zones
This fact sheet describes what the streamside management zone (SMZ) is, how to identify it, and provides recommendations for conducting forest practices within SMZs.
010 - Managing Forests for Water Quality: Forest Roads
This fact sheet discusses forest roads as they relate to water quality. Road planning, construction, use, maintenance and removal are covered.
014 - 16 Less Common Trees for Utah Landscapes: Diversifying Utah's Community Forests
This fact sheet provides descriptions of 16 tree species that are less commonly planted in Utah towns and cities.
012 - Common Weeds of Utah Forests
This fact sheet gives an overview of the most prevalent weeds found in Utah forests which pose a direct threat to Utah forest landowners.
020 - Getting Chemicals Into Trees Without Spraying
This fact sheet provides an overview of injection, implantation, and other ways to get chemicals, mainly pesticides, into trees. Many techniques and systems exist and some are very good, some are good in some situations, and some are ineffective or bad fo...
011 - Utah Forest Types: An Introduction to Utah Forests
This fact sheet describes Utah’s forest types – forests categorized by their mix of species and their ecological place in the landscape.
029 - Gardening in Sandy Soils
This fact sheet covers the basics of clay, silt and sand soils with an emphasis on gardening in soils with a high sand content. It includes information on the composition of sandy soils, gardening tips for managing sandy soils, and the types of plants tha...
033 - Aspen: How to Grow a Good Tree in a Bad Situation
This factsheet discusses the paradox of aspen – a beautiful tree in our mountains that is a problematic landscape tree – and provides an overview on how to grow aspen in urban settings, with cultural requirements for growing healthy trees.
007 - Forestry Terms
This fact sheet contains a selection of terms helpful for understanding forests and forest management. Terms are arranged in the categories of general forestry, measurement of forest resources, silviculture, timber harvest, and taxation.
028 - Selecting Trees for High Elevations
This fact sheet describes the importance of careful species selection when planning and planting cultivated landscapes in unique, high elevation conditions in Utah. We recommend native and non-native tree species that can stand the stresses of living abov...
030 - Tree/Sidewalk Conflicts: One Way to Save Trees
This factsheet describes a project undertaken by USU Forestry Extension and the City of Logan, Utah, to replace damaged sidewalks with flexible sidewalk panels made from 100% recycled plastic. These tiles allowed trees and most tree roots to remain inta
018 - Native American Uses of Utah Forest Trees
This fact sheet describes many of the uses of Utah forest trees by Native Americans of the western United States and Canada.
017 - Planting Landscape Trees
This fact sheet covers the basics of landscape tree planting including tree types, details of planting procedures, and post-planting care. Problems associated with buried root collars are discussed.
009 - Managing Forests for Water Quality: Stream Crossings
This fact sheet outlines when a stream crossing is needed and describes three types of crossings: culverts, fords and bridges. Basic information on constructing each type is given, and sources for materials and further information are listed.
002 - Firewise Plants for Utah Landscapes
This fact sheet describes characteristics of firewise plants and firewise landscapes, and lists examples of firewise plants that can be used in Utah landscapes.
016 - Forest Grazing: Managing your Land for Trees, Forage, and Livestock
This fact sheet gives an overview of the relationships between trees and forage and provides suggestions on managing your land for forest grazing
003 - Forest Management Planning
This fact sheet discusses what forest management planning is, why planning is beneficial for forest landowners, and how to go about preparing a forest management plan.
001 - Species Ratings for Landscape Tree Appraisal in Utah
This fact sheet establishes species ratings to be used by tree appraisal experts with the trunk formula method for appraising the monetary value of trees in Utah.
005 - Windbreak Benefits and Design
This fact sheet describes 12 steps to follow to help ensure a successful timber sale. Important points to consider when preparing a timber harvest are included, but this publication is intended only as an introduction to the subject. Other fact sheets in ...
013 - Preparing a Timber Sale Contract
A sample timber sale contract is presented in this fact sheet. This fact sheet does not take the place of legal advice; a professional forester and an attorney should be consulted before a timber sale contract is negotiated and signed.
006 - Tips for Planning a Successful Timber Sale
This fact sheet describes 12 steps to follow to help ensure a successful timber sale.
027 - Gardening in Clay Soils
This fact sheet covers the basics of clay, silt and sand soils with an emphasis on gardening in soils with a high clay content. It includes information on the composition of clay soils, gardening tips for managing clay soils, and the types of plants that ...
024 - How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Yard
Birds and other wildlife lose habitat as cities and human activities expand. You can reduce some of these negative impacts and increase the value of your yard and garden to wildlife by providing their four basic requirements: food, water, cover, and a saf...
021 - Sunscald Injury or Southwest Winter Injury on Deciduous Trees
This fact sheet discusses sunscald, a significant problem that causes wounding on the trunk of many thin barked trees in cold winter climates. It includes a discussion of why it happens and describes how you can reduce or prevent its occurrence.