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New life: Dying trees become useful, beautiful objects for University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Urban life can take its toll on a tree. Pollution, trenching to lay underground utility lines, soil compaction, it’s all very hard on an old tree, and the red oak tree in front of the Agricultural Sciences Building on the University of Kentucky campus had seen better days. But its story won’t end in piles of mulch. Instead, its wood will find its way into...

Tree researchers gather in Lexington on July 11 to share work in saving native trees

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward American forests, both rural and urban, fight for their health against invasive species and pests every day. Scientists around the country are working diligently to protect and restore some iconic native species. Many of those scientific partners will gather in Lexington in mid-July to share their research findings. The public also is welcome to come and hear...

UK Urban Forest Initiative offering free urban tree health and care workshops to neighborhoods

A thriving tree canopy can be a real asset to a neighborhood, but maintaining that lush resource might seem daunting at times. Storms, invasive species, diseases and an aging tree population can all take their toll. To help neighborhoods protect their trees, the University of Kentucky’s Urban Forest Initiative is offering free urban tree health and care workshops to neighborhoods in 20 Central and...