Utah Forest Fact Sheets
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
Protect Your Home from Wildfire: Ember Awareness Checklist - Utah Forest Fact Sheet 036
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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...
Tree/Sidewalk Conflicts: One Way to Save Trees - 030
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
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...
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 ...
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...
Prescribed Fire on Public Lands
This fact sheet helps readers understand prescribed fire planning and implementation on public lands
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips for Planning a Successful Timber Sale
This fact sheet describes 12 steps to follow to help ensure a successful timber sale.
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