A few weeks ago, we met Athens-Clarke County Community Forester Rodney Walters about the county’s community tree study. According to the ACC Manager’s office, the survey is going even faster than expected.
You know the feeling of sitting in the shade of a tree on a hot summer day? Well, this is just one of the many benefits of trees to a community like Athens and according to the Athens-Clarke County Sustainability Office, Athens has more tree canopy than any other US community with over 100,000 residents. This summer, the ACC Forestry Program, in partnership with the University of Georgia and the Georgia Forestry Commission, is conducting a Community Tree Study.
Earthworms are often seen as a welcome presence in gardens, and even on fishing hooks. But in the Northeast, experts say invasive "crazy worms" from Asia are creating havoc in forests — and they say the unusual worms are a danger to animals and plants, and especially to sugar maple trees.
"The street cred that they have is hiding the invasion," Josef Görres, a soil scientist at the University of Vermont, says of the worms.