Celebrating a day to honor trees

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree planting festivals are as old as civilization. The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life. The idea for Arbor Day in the United States originated in Nebraska City, … [Read more...]

Wildfires in Pasco cause hassles, heavy smoke

Wildfires burning in Pasco County have produced heavy smoke — causing inconvenience for motorists, disrupting schools and posing potential health hazards. Pasco County officials have responded to the wildfires by issuing warnings to motorists to use care when driving through areas surrounding Starkey Park. Motorists should expect periods of heavy smoke on the road for 30 days to 45 days, … [Read more...]

Forester’s days are anything but routine

One day, Mona Neville may be riding in an airplane over Pasco County searching for signs of Southern Pine Beetle infestations. Another day, she may be talking to a homeowner who wants to create a stewardship plan for his property, or explaining a cost-share program aimed at encouraging healthier forests. Or, perhaps she’ll be providing technical advice on tree ordinances to local … [Read more...]