Internet Resources for Tree Lovers


 

Here are links to some other forestry and tree-related pages on the web. We've tried to focus on pages that relate to local trees and local forestry issues.
Local Links:

Sustainability at Reed
>> http://www.reed.edu/sustainability/
Reed College is committed to responsible stewardship of its campus environment and is aware that our actions and decisions impact our city, our region, and our planet.

 

Reed College Canyon
>> http://web.reed.edu/canyon/
In the middle of the Reed campus is a 27.9-acre canyon that holds the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek. The canyon website gives information about the plants and animals found in that habitat, as well as updates about the ongoing restoration effort.

 

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
>> http://www.parks.ci.portland.or.us/Parks/CrysSpringRhodGar.htm
Just across the street from Reed, you'll find the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. It's a small park (only 5 acres) but it includes several older trees and a huge variety of rhododendrons.

 

Eastmoreland Golf Course
>> http://www.parks.ci.portland.or.us/Parks/Eastmorelandgolf.htm
The other big wooded area across the street from Reed is the Eastmoreland golf course, the second-oldest golf course in Oregon. The course includes at least one designated Portland Heritage Tree, as well as a computer-designed artificial stream to improve salmon habitat.

 

Hoyt Arboretum
>> http://www.hoytarboretum.org
The Hoyt Arboretum is located in the West Hills of Portland, near the Washington Park Zoo. Founded in 1928, the arboretum now features more than 800 species of trees and shrubs, including one of the nation's largest conifer collections. The complete list of their plant collection is available online.

 

Friends of Trees
>> http://www.friendsoftrees.org/
Portland's only nonprofit tree planting organization, Friends of Trees brings neighbors together for tree planting and tree care projects along city streets, in urban natural areas and on school grounds. Friends of Trees also distributes information on how to protect our urban trees and provides educational information for children and adults.

 

Trees of the Pacific Northwest
>> http://oregonstate.edu/trees/
This site is maintained by the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, and it's a great resource if you're trying to learn about native Oregon conifers. They've got a page for each species, with photographs and a list of distinguishing features. There's also an on-line dichotomous key.

 

Landscape Plants
>> http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/
This site is also from OSU and it gives photos and information for more than 800 plants commonly used in landscaping. The design is a little clunky and the pages are slow to load, but it offers a wealth of information.

 

H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
>> http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter/
The Andrews Experimental Forest is located in the Oregon Cascades, just an hour's drive east of Eugene, and is managed cooperatively by OSU and the USFS. Their web site provides a good variety of experimental data, as well as information on many of the research projects going on there.

 

Oregon Department of Forestry
>> http://www.odf.state.or.us/
Most of the information relates to the management of state forest lands, but they do have a page on Urban & Community Forestry.

 

 
Tree Information Sources:

USDA Forest Service Web Page
>> http://www.fs.fed.us/
Information on this site is primarily centered on forest management issues. You can get timber sale reports, forest profiles, management plans, and even software for modeling forest biology. They also have information on each of Oregon's National Forests.

 

SelecTree: A Tree Selection Guide
>> http://selectree.calpoly.edu
Looking for a deer-resistant tree with fragrant pollen and chartreuse flowers? This site, from the California Department of Forestry, allows visitors to search a database of 1,485 trees, using 46 selection criteria, to find the perfect tree. The site also includes over 4,500 tree photographs.

 

The PLANTS National Database
>> http://plants.usda.gov/
A great database from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. You can look up plants by common or scientific names and find photos, maps, taxonomic information, and more. This is the site we use to confirm names for all of the plants in our site.

 

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
>> http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/
Another great site from the USDA Forest Service. The FEIS isn't slick or attractive but it gives an amazing wealth of information. For everything from trees to vines to lichen you can get page after page describing the distribution, uses, values, botanical and ecological characteristics, fire ecology, and fire effects. This is a great place to start any serious research on a specific tree.

 

National Arbor Day Foundation
>> http://www.arborday.org/
A great site with all sorts of information about planting trees. You can buy trees on-line and get information about several different programs run by the foundation. They also have a Western U.S. Tree Identification page.

 

International Society of Arboriculture
>> http://www.ag.uiuc.edu/~isa/
The ISA web site includes an "Arboriculture On-line" information service, consumer information links, and access to both the Journal of Arboriculture and the Arborist News.

 

TreeGuide
>> http://www.treeguide.com/
TreeGuide provides a good collection of photographs and information about the trees of North America. They have very up-to-date information about the family classifications for trees, and they also have an interactive forum where you can get answers to your obscure tree questions.

 

University of Alabama in Huntsville: Campus Trees
>> http://www.uah.edu/admin/Fac/grounds/choice.htm
This web site includes descriptions (and many photographic images) of the more than 200 ornamental tree species found on the 360 acre campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

 

The OFFICIAL Smokey Bear Website at the Forest Service
>> http://www.smokeybear.com/
What list of forestry web sites could be complete without this?

Do you know of any good tree-related web sites that we should list here?
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