Here's Why Forests Should Matter to All of Us

Today is International Day of Forests, a global celebration of the importance of trees in our everyday lives. You're a techie who spends all day in front of your computer and you haven't cracked a window recently? Forests still matter, a lot. » 3/21/15 11:00am 3/21/15 11:00am

Out on a Limb: The Future of Trees in Cities

Of all the environmental resources we take for granted, large, older trees might be near the top of the list. Not only do we rely on trees for oxygen and wood products, but about 180 different animal species rely on the hollow-bearing features of these trees for shelter, roosting, and nesting. Unfortunately, rapid… » 3/09/15 5:00am 3/09/15 5:00am

Video: The delicate art of making bonsai trees

I love this video about Ryan Neil, an American Bonsai master, because not only do I get to watch him work but I also get to hear him talk about the art of Bonsai. Neil reveals the amount of respect and consideration you need to be able to craft these beautiful pieces of art from nature. It's just lovely. » 2/20/15 9:02pm 2/20/15 9:02pm

You Are an Eco-Warrior of Wintry Cheer, Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Real Christmas trees are beautiful. They smell good. They look classy as hell. They are not made of plastic and imported from China like most of the fake trees you can buy. They are not fake, which means they are easily assumed to possess that most coveted trait of all, authenticity. » 12/27/14 1:00pm 12/27/14 1:00pm

Shooting Challenge: Spooky, Naked Trees

Our gorgeous fall leaves are gone for the season, and we're left with bare trees over a sky of grey. But that, too, can be a beautiful thing in its own way. For this week's Shooting Challenge, let's celebrate trees without the leaves—in black and white. » 12/03/14 5:20pm 12/03/14 5:20pm

Plan Your Leaf-Watching With This Lovely Fall Foliage Map

It's the time of year where people go out into rural America seeking swollen gourds and fermented apple juice all in the name of Fall Fun™. And because timing is everything when it comes to these things, this beautiful fall foliage forecast map will aid you in your important quest to see the most chlorophyll-free » 10/11/14 4:00pm 10/11/14 4:00pm

Johnny Appleseed was real, and he got frontiersmen hammered

Most kids growing up in the U.S. have heard of Johnny Appleseed. He's the subject of museums and storybooks. Like Paul Bunyan, he's a larger-than-life American myth, an outdoorsy, folksy wonder. Unlike Bunyan and his big blue ox, the shoeless hero bringing fruit to the frontier is actually based on a real person.… » 8/04/14 4:28pm 8/04/14 4:28pm

Chopping down a super tall tree with a chainsaw looks like a lot of fun

It probably requires a lot of planning and a lot of strategic rope placement and a lot of brass balls but once you're all the way up there and everything is set, chopping down a tree with a chainsaw looks like crazy amounts of fun. This GoPro footage from the chainsaw's perspective proves that. » 7/23/14 11:45pm 7/23/14 11:45pm

This machine erases entire trees out of existence in seconds

Remember those giant shredders that can chomp on anything, from cars to fridges? This mechanical monster is basically a smaller version of those, attached to an excavator arm. It can disintegrate any tree in seconds. If there's ever a zombie apocalypse, I want to have one of these. » 6/29/14 3:05pm 6/29/14 3:05pm

Your Old Phone Could Help Eavesdrop on Illegal Rainforest Loggers

How do you catch a logger in the dense, remote rainforest? For a long time, the answer has been satellites, which may sound high-tech, but actually means you're looking at photos of deforested land days after the loggers have made their getaway. A nonprofit called Rainforest Connection wants to turn old smartphones… » 5/12/14 4:40pm 5/12/14 4:40pm

Magic tree stands back upright after being chopped down to the ground

If reading The Giving Tree as a kid didn't convince you that trees have feelings, just watch this unbelievable clip of a magical tree rising from the dead. Seriously! After getting chopped to pieces by a man with a chainsaw, the tree stands straight up as if it were never knocked down in the first place as if to say… » 4/23/14 12:33am 4/23/14 12:33am

Disneyland Grew Around This 118-Year-Old Palm Tree

When it was planted in 1896, this Canary Island date palm counted the orange trees of an Anaheim citrus grove as its neighbors. Today it rubs shoulders with the bamboo stalks of Adventureland. » 4/19/14 5:00pm 4/19/14 5:00pm

Scientists Genetically Modified Trees So They Can Make Greener Paper

Wood scientists just announced an exciting breakthrough in tree research. They've come up with a way to make more environmentally friendly paper—by genetically modifying trees. And it's not just the paper industry that will benefit. » 4/04/14 12:20pm 4/04/14 12:20pm

8 Buildings Designed to Incorporate the Trees Around Them

Architecture has a rich history of unapologetically demanding massive amounts of land to create man's vision over nature's. However, a more conscientious and natural approach to architecture has emerged to quell our territorial imperialism over mother nature. It's about time. » 3/18/14 9:01am 3/18/14 9:01am

The award-winning and very affordable Moose Road residence by Mork-Ulnes Architects is designed to avoid interfering with the nearby trees. It's even built on stilts so as not to disrupt the roots. As these photos of the interior make clear, it's perfect for the Spartan family. » 3/15/14 8:00pm 3/15/14 8:00pm

In this week's landscape reads, we rediscover the future of steampunk energy, we walk the radioactive shores of a manmade island in San Francisco, we climb to the top of California's surreal palm tree economy, and we look back with both amusement and horror at pest control in communist China. » 3/04/14 5:20pm 3/04/14 5:20pm

Watch an enchanted forest come to life in a dancing light show

Ooh, lights. Pretty. It's like stepping into an enchanted forest from the future. Romain Tardy and Squeaky Lobster created this installation called The Ark during Proyecta Oaxaca at the Ethnobotanical Garden in Oaxaca, Mexico. It's built around the cacti that line the heart of the garden and the installation projects… » 2/08/14 12:55am 2/08/14 12:55am

This tree branch is actually a camouflaged bird standing really still

What are you looking at? Some trees, some leaves, a few branches and... a bird. You see, on top of that broken tree branch actually stands a completely still bird, the common potoo. It's hiding in plain sight and will stay that way even if predators are deathly close to them. » 1/30/14 7:01pm 1/30/14 7:01pm

Eavesdropping on the Secret Sounds of Trees

What if we could identify plants not by sight but by sound? It's not entirely fanciful: every plant makes a unique set of sounds—an auditory signature, if you will—influenced by its physiology. But these sounds, usually in the ultrasonic range, are not for our ears. » 1/23/14 11:20am 1/23/14 11:20am