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Utah Forest Fact Sheets

038 - Identifying & Preventing Porcupine Damage to Trees

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

037 - Hazardous Fuels Reduction Using Flame Cap Biochar Kilns

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

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

035 - A New Utah Forest Insect Pest: Balsam Woolly Adelgid

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.

034 - Biochar for Forest Restoration in Western States

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.

033 - Aspen: How to Grow a Good Tree in a Bad Situation

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.

032 - Trees and Climate Change

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

031 - The Regeneration of Aspen Stands in Southern Utah

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...

030 - Tree/Sidewalk Conflicts: One Way to Save Trees

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

029 - Gardening in Sandy Soils

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...

028 - Selecting Trees for High Elevations

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...

027 - Gardening in Clay Soils

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

025 - Prescribed Fire on Public Lands

025 - Prescribed Fire on Public Lands

This fact sheet helps readers understand prescribed fire planning and implementation on public lands

024 - How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Yard

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...

022 - Preventing Deer Damage to Your Trees and Shrubs

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.

021 - Sunscald Injury or Southwest Winter Injury on Deciduous Trees

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.

020 - Getting Chemicals Into Trees Without Spraying

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...

018 - Native American Uses of Utah Forest Trees

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

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.

016 - Forest Grazing: Managing your Land for Trees, Forage, and Livestock

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

014 - 16 Less Common Trees for Utah Landscapes: Diversifying Utah's Community Forests

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.

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.

012 - Common Weeds of Utah Forests

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.

011 - Utah Forest Types: An Introduction to Utah Forests

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.

010 - Managing Forests for Water Quality: Forest Roads

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.

009 - Managing Forests for Water Quality: Stream Crossings

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.

008 - Managing Forests for Water Quality: Streamside Management Zones

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.

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.

006 - Tips for Planning a Successful Timber Sale

This fact sheet describes 12 steps to follow to help ensure a successful timber sale.

005 - Windbreak Benefits and Design

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

004 - Pruning Landscape Trees: An Overview

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

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.

002 - Firewise Plants for Utah Landscapes

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.

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.