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Plant It Forward

There are many things going wrong in the world, and we write about a good deal of them here at Irregular Times. However, it’s important from time to time to give simple recognition to some of the positive efforts that people are making things a bit better in the world.

Among these is the Plant [...]

Volunteer Trees: Birch, Ash, Dogwood?

In gardening there are annuals, there are perennials, and then there are the plants that could outlive us. In the last group are the trees, and I’m lucky to have many of them where I live in Maine. I have three volunteers this year that I could use your help identifying.

I’m pretty sure [...]

In Summer, Fall

By the calendar, strict dividing lines separate Winter from Spring and Summer from Fall. The natural world knows no hard and fast boundaries. In the middle of August I stepped outside this morning to find an acorn on the ground. Looking around, I found many more, and along with them a smattering of fallen [...]

West Virginians Plant Trees To Protest Mountaintop Removal

Before the mountaintop removal, the mountain had been covered with an ecologically complex forest, after, it was just a hint of its former self, and covered in grass. [...]

Rent Goats To Mow?

Not every lawn alternative idea works in every location. Be flexible, and keep trying, and it won’t be necessary to bring in either lawn mowers or goats. [...]

Our World Tree Roots

The World Tree tshirt you see here is printed on organic cotton, and made here in the United States, following that theme. [...]

Links for Trees

Look at these organizations if, like my family, you’re seeking to offset a neighbor’s anti-tree stupidity. [...]

The Acorn to Oak Test: Soil or Fridge?

Outside the house where I live in Maine is a big, tall red oak tree that has been producing acorns in such great number that as squirrels run about the branches they come down like rain — or hail, perhaps. The last person to live in this house seemed to think it important to maintain [...]

My New Carbon Sequestration Units

A standard cherry or apple tree will grow to a height of between 20 and 30 feet. That means I will eventually have to climb a ladder to pick fruit, but it also means that the trees will create more fruit. With their larger size, they’ll also shade more ground, and sequester more carbon from the air. [...]

Snow and Ice on a Wintry Night

For once, winter is wintry. Sleep tight.

No-Science Plan To Devastate Old Growth Forests Goes Forward

Outrage over the Western Oregon Plan Revision is so high that the web site of Oregon Wild, the local environmental activism group that has spearheaded resistance to the plan, is completely swamped – unavailable for viewing because it’s receiving so many visits. [...]