Plants - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Plants Go west, young pine: US forests shifting with climate change WASHINGTON (AP) — A warmer, wetter climate is helping push dozens of Eastern U.S. trees to the north and, surprisingly, west, a new study finds. The eastern white pine is going west, more than 80 miles (130 kilometers) since the early 1980s. The eastern cottonwood has been heading 77 miles north (124 kilometers), according to the research based on about three decades of fore... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:30:00Z Plant with rotting flesh smell blooms in California FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California nature center has a flower that smells deathly. Amorphophallus titanum, better known as the "corpse flower," emits a decaying flesh smell during its once-a-decade bloom. Staff members at the Fullerton Arboretum's Nature Center noticed their flower started blooming Monday morning. The proces... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:32:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:32:00Z Winds topple 2 trees planted by Robert Frost near his home SHAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Two trees planted by poet Robert Frost near his home perhaps as far back as the 1920s have been toppled by high winds. Officials at what's now the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury say the birch and snow apple trees came crashing down on May 6. Museum director Carol Thompson said the birch was the last... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:42:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:42:00Z Fore or timber? Vandals cut trees at Trump-run golf course NEW YORK (AP) — Four 30-foot trees have been cut down at a Trump Organization-run golf course in New York City, and police are searching for the vandals. The Daily News ( ) says a golf course manager discovered the damage Tuesday morning. Police recovered a chain saw near one of the severed 30-foot trees. The 18-ho... Thu, 11 May 2017 13:15:00 GMT 2017-05-11T13:15:00Z Robots, high-tech tools join battle against invasive species WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest. In the fight against alien animals that invade and overrun native species, the weird and ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-04-28T21:31:00Z Environmentalists sue government for Lake Erie's toxic algae TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Environmental groups in Ohio and Michigan sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, accusing it of dragging its feet on protecting Lake Erie from harmful algae that have fouled drinking water supplies in recent years. The federal lawsuit said the agency's lack of action is delaying steps that could combat the algae bloo... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-04-25T19:45:00Z Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history. Crews at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian C... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:15:00 GMT 2017-04-24T23:15:00Z Church gets offspring to replace now-dead 600-year-old tree BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey church has planted an offspring of a now-dead white oak that was believed to be the oldest in the U.S. reports ( ) that the younger tree was moved Tuesday to the grounds of a Bernards church to replace its so-called father tree. The old tree, declared dead last summer after it failed to sprout foliage, is schedul... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:41:00 GMT 2017-04-12T18:41:00Z Rescued California sea lions showed signs of poisoning LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Marine experts say 12 pregnant female sea lions rescued in Southern California waters exhibited signs of poisoning that may be linked to toxic ocean algae blooms. Officials say the sea lions exhibited symptoms of domoic acid poisoning, a neurological toxin created by the blooms. The Orange County Register rep... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:34:00 GMT 2017-04-11T17:34:00Z Oak tree in 'Shawshank Redemption' cut up, hauled away MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — What remained of a 200-year-old oak tree made famous by the movie "Shawshank Redemption" has been cut up and hauled away by an owner of the north-central Ohio property. The Mansfield News-Journal reports ( ) Dan Dees said last week he plans to use some of the wood to make a table. The tree was rotted in the middle when high winds ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT 2017-04-10T13:00:00Z Bill Clinton tweets about visiting Bushes in Houston NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton has been spending some time with former President George H. W. Bush and wife Barbara in Houston. In a tweet on Sunday, Clinton said they "caught up about kids, grandkids, old times and new times. And socks." Clinton also showed a photograph of him giving pairs of socks to the 92-year-old for... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-04-10T00:06:00Z Forget roses and birds. These folks like their big trees PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A horse chestnut tree towers over a busy street in New Hampshire's main port city. It's known for its history more than its height; legend has it that William Whipple planted it after returning in 1776 from signing the Declaration of Independence. But at nearly 70 feet (21 meters) tall, it is also big for a chestnut, and that is wh... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 01:34:00 GMT 2017-04-09T01:34:00Z Historian: NY town's blade-embedded 'Scythe Tree' needs trim WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — A poplar tree in upstate New York dating back to before the Civil War has grown around three farm tool blades and is in need of a trimming. The "Scythe Tree," as it's called, is located in Waterloo, midway between Rochester and Syracuse. It was planted in front of a farmer's house before the Civil War. A man who jo... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:17:00 GMT 2017-03-31T14:17:00Z Bad breath: Study find array of bacteria when orcas exhale SEATTLE (AP) — When the mighty orca breaks to the surface and exhales, the whale sprays an array of bacteria and fungi in its his breath, scientists said, some good, and some bad such as salmonella. The findings in a new study raises concerns about the potential role of infectious diseases as another major stress factor for the struggling population of endangered Puget Sound... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:24:00 GMT 2017-03-24T19:24:00Z Tree falls, kills woman at national park in California YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree at Half Dome Village in Yosemite National Park. Park spokesman Scott Gediman tells Sacramento television station KCRA ( the accident happened Sunday in the area formerly known as Curry Village. No other information about the victim was made public. ... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 01:18:00 GMT 2017-03-06T01:18:00Z Warming, taller shrubs may affect birds breeding on tundra ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More shrubs moving onto Arctic tundra because of climate change will have minimal effect on many of the bird species that breed there, but birds likely will seek other habitat when the shrubs grow tall, according to a new federal study. A study by the U.S. Geological Survey concludes that the size of the shrubs was more critical t... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 02:56:00 GMT 2017-03-04T02:56:00Z Washington court rules against florist in gay wedding case OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state's antidiscrimination law, even though she claimed doing so would violate her religious beliefs. A lower court had fined Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland, Washington, for denying servi... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:08:00 GMT 2017-02-16T20:08:00Z Colorado's 834 million dead trees threaten to worsen fires DENVER (AP) — Colorado's beetle-infested forests are peppered with an estimated 834 million standing dead trees that threaten to worsen wildfires and degrade vital water supplies that flow from mountains, officials said Wednesday. Roughly one in every 14 standing trees in the state's forests is dead, with the total up 30 percent in seven years, the State ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:37:00 GMT 2017-02-16T01:37:00Z Ohio moves forward with strategy to combat Lake Erie's algae TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's blueprint for combating the algae in Lake Erie that has become a threat to drinking water calls for targeting specific watersheds and developing a monitoring network within the next year. The strategy — first released last May and finalized just this past week — outlines how Ohio plans to reach its goal of sharply cutting the ph... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-02-14T17:54:00Z Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year's recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released Thursday. The experts say the decline could be due to late winter storms last year that blew down more than 100 acres (40... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:55:00 GMT 2017-02-09T21:55:00Z Roses? No, try roaches for an unusual Valentine's Day gift NEW YORK (AP) — Roses are red, violets are blue, how about having a roach named for you? The Bronx Zoo is offering people the chance to name one of its Madagascar hissing cockroaches in honor of someone for Valentine's Day. The zoo in New York City started offering the name-a-roach program in 2011 as a fun way to fundraise. For $10, rec... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:10:00 GMT 2017-01-25T00:10:00Z Many farmers still need training after Lake Erie algae TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have completed training that will be required for putting fertilizer on fields, but many more face a September deadline to finish the program aimed at combating the toxic algae fouling Lake Erie. The first of its kind requirement is one of several steps Ohio has taken to reduce the fa... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:48:00 GMT 2017-01-21T13:48:00Z Weakened by drought, trees are falling in rainy California FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Drenching winter rains combined with the punishing effects of six years of drought are causing trees to topple across California, in some cases with deadly results. At least two people have been killed in the past month. Seemingly sturdy oaks, palm trees in Southern California and giant sequoias farther north have been collapsing. Ex... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:50:00 GMT 2017-01-10T23:50:00Z Fans mourn death of California's famous 'drive-thru' sequoia ARNOLD, Calif. (AP) — Joyce Brown was 12 when her parents first took her to visit the "drive-thru tree," a giant sequoia in California famous for a car-sized hole carved into the base of its trunk. Brown thought she had entered a land of giants as she walked underneath and around the ancient 100-foot-tall tree, which was toppled by a massive storm on Sunday. ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:24:00 GMT 2017-01-10T15:24:00Z Wine country is among areas hit hard by storms in California FORESTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Emergency crews in rescue boats and helicopters rushed to take advantage of a one-day break between storms Monday to rescue stranded people and assess damage after the heaviest rain in a decade overwhelmed parts of California and Nevada. Wine country in Sonoma County, California, was among the hardest hit areas, with up to 13 in... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:08:00 GMT 2017-01-10T01:08:00Z Hundreds of Nevada homes evacuated in floods along mountains RENO, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of homes were evacuated in northern Nevada, and stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded Northern California roads as thunderstorms arrived as part of a massive winter storm that could be the biggest to slam the region in more than a decade. Crews in California cleared trees and debris Sunday following mudslides... Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:26:00 GMT 2017-01-09T06:26:00Z Study documents tree species' decline due to climate warming ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A type of tree that thrives in soggy soil from Alaska to Northern California and is valued for its commercial and cultural uses could become a noticeable casualty of climate warming over the next 50 years, an independent study has concluded. Yellow cedar, named for its distinctive yellow wood, already is under consideration for fe... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:50:00 GMT 2017-01-06T17:50:00Z Storms pummel West; Oregon girl dies; I-80 closed RENO, Nev. (AP) — Stiff winds toppled a towering evergreen tree into an Oregon home, killing an 8-year-old girl, while blizzard conditions closed major highways and triggered a small avalanche in the Sierra Nevada on Wednesday as wet winter storms pummeled much of the West. The child, Zaylee Schlect, was the daughter of a volunteer firefighter who was wor... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 02:54:00 GMT 2017-01-05T02:54:00Z Western US sagebrush defense plan will endure, official says BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new wildfire-fighting plan to protect a wide swath of sagebrush country in the Western U.S. that supports cattle ranching and is home to an imperiled bird will likely continue after the Obama administration ends, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. Jewell spoke after receiving her last update at the National Interagency Fir... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:59:00 GMT 2017-01-03T22:59:00Z At Deer Valley, it pays to see the powder through the trees PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Skiers who've ducked into the trees at Deer Valley know that this mountain resort, for all its luxury accommodations and film-star guests, isn't just a pretty place. The powder stashes in the trees are about as good as they get. And that makes a mountain which is not terribly difficult overall — more than 65 percent of Deer Valley's runs range from eas... 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