Posted by: Green Knight | January 23, 2013

A Forest Health Assessment

I’m not gonna copy the whole huge PDF file here, but this is an annual report on the state of trees in Missouri. It shows how multidisciplinary a job forestry is, if you’re doing it right and taking into account the whole ecosystem, flora, fauna, and climate. It’s an eye-opener, and I had no idea the Gypsy moth was still spreading, now even to Missouri. In 2007 it hadn’t even hit Illinois yet. They’ve only been trying to control it since it was accidentally released in Massachusetts in the late 1800s, after all. There’s an instructive GIF file on the Wikipedia page for the moth showing the spread over time. I’m also disheartened by the emerald ash borer problem because the ash is my favorite deciduous tree. I like conifers best, but love that Fraxinus. Here’s the forest health article, followed by links to the moth info:




  1. I was just sent a petition which I signed and thought you might be interested – it’s trying to get the EU to ban bee-harmful pesticides. Take a look and see what you think:

    • Thanks! I received it too; I spend a lot of time signing petitions, and every now and then it’s nice to get feedback that they worked. Glad you also take the time!

      • Yes, sometimes it appears we actually make a difference.

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