The emerald ash borer has killed hundreds of millions of trees nationwide, and the federal government imposed a quarantine to try and stop its spread.  Now, foresters are taking a different approach – working with nature to battle the bug.


For decades, forest managers have set small fires– hoping to remove accumulated dead leaves and twigs that can increase the risk for bigger, more dangerous blazes in the future. 

Some people worry that these so-called controlled burns  promote climate change by releasing more carbon into the atmosphere. Scientists in Virginia are trying to figure out how much harm actually comes from low-level fires in our forests.


One of the easiest things people can do to confront climate change is to plant more trees.  They suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, provide shade that reduces the need for air conditioning and prevent erosion, which helps to keep water clean.  Unfortunately, Virginia makes it easier for people to cut down trees than to plant them.

The American Chestnut tree has mythic stature in tree lore. Today the old giants of people's memories are long gone from the landscape, wiped out by an Asian blight a hundred years ago. And even though they still loom large in the history and culture of Appalachia, new research suggests, their mythic proportions are likely, just that.   

Virginia Tree Climbers Compete Against World's Best

Apr 8, 2016
Pamela D'Angelo

You may not know it but climbing trees is a competitive sport among certified arborists and three of Virginia's top professional tree climbers headed to Texas this past weekend to the International Tree Climbing Championship- one defending his title as world champion.

Like most kids, James Earhart began climbing trees when he was about five. But by the time he was 13 he was climbing 50 and 60 foot trees. He rigged his father's old rappelling gear and a dog leash to make the climbs. The neighbors paid attention.