Camp Wildlife 2013 – June 17th & July 8th

The Kaufman County Urban Forester, Pam Corder, will host a wonderful day of adventure for the youth of Kaufman County and surrounding counties.  Activities include: Archery, Hiking, Fishing, Crafts and loads of Fun!
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ages 9-15
$15 a child each day
(Lunch Provided) I can vouch  for the macaroni and cheese!
Cedar Mountain Lodge
6950 Shady Lane
Scurry, Texas  75158

For More information contact:
Kaufman County Urban Forester – Pam Corder

Texas Forest Service News Release

April 3, 2012

Did your tree survive the drought? How to assess your tree this spring

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to take a look at your trees — and if you don’t see any green, it may be time to make some hard decisions.

Trees across the state began to wilt last summer as the Lone Star State underwent one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Some trees went into early dormancy, dropping their leaves and branches in a desperate act of self-preservation. Others died.

At the time, it was difficult — even for tree experts — to tell the difference between dormant and dead. But now that spring is here and many trees are flourishing with the recent rains, the distinction is much easier to make.

“Green is good,” Texas Forest Service Urban Forestry Manager John Giedraitis said. “If all the trees around you are green and your tree is still bare and leafless, it’s probably not going to make a comeback.”

Surviving shade trees — oaks, elms and other hardwood trees are common examples — will have shed all or most of last year’s leaves and will be breaking buds, flowering and sprouting new, green leaves. Pecan, hickory, ash and mesquite trees are often the last to sprout new leaves, but even these species should be turning green within the next couple of weeks.

Dead shade trees won’t have any new growth. Though they may still have dead, brown leaves, there won’t be any green leaves in the crown or at the ends of the branches, which will make them standout when compared with neighboring, living trees.

These trees also may have patches of bark that have fallen off the trunk and exposed a brown or gray fungus underneath. This fungus — known as hypoxylon canker — is common on dead or dying post oaks and water oaks.

Dead pine and cedar trees — as well as other needle-bearing conifer trees — will be covered in red or brown needles. Once all or most of the needles turn from green to red, the tree can’t recover.

If you have a dead tree that is close to a house or other structure on which it might fall, it is a safety concern and removal should be considered. If you‘re not sure if your tree is dead, check out our facebook photo album to see examples or contact a certified arborist.

Last year, Texas Forest Service tree experts estimated as many as 500 million rural forest trees and another 5.6 million urban shade trees had died from the drought. Foresters currently are studying aerial imagery to refine the number of trees killed by drought. Those results are expected later this year.

Texas Forest Service Contacts:
John Giedraitis, Urban Forestry Manager in College Station

Holly Huffman, Communications Specialist in College Station

Local Contact:
Pam Corder, Kaufman County Urban Forester

Poisoning is now the leading cause of death from injuries in the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. In this recent report, it was noted that in 2008, the number of poisoning deaths exceeded the number of motor vehicle traffic deaths for the first time since at least 1980.1 A poison is any substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person or in the wrong amount.

These tips are brought to you by members of the National Poison Prevention Week Council. The Council has been helping to prevent poisonings for 50 years and is made up of representatives from industry, government, non-profit and health organizations to educate the public about the prevention of unintentional poisonings and accidental exposures in and around the home. These tips are intended for educational purposes and we encourage you to reproduce and share them with others. Together we can reduce poisonings that can cause death and injuries on the United States.

Poisoning prevention is in your hands. The following tips can help you protect yourself
and your loved ones:


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Kaufman County 4th and 5th graders from Kemp, Scurry Rosser, Kaufman Nash, and Forney Claybon learned about how Terriffic Trees are and just how important they are in our daily lives. Each year I visit classrooms around the County sharing information preparing them for the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. This years theme was Trees are Terriffic from Acorn to Oak. Have you ever thought about all the things we use daily that come from Trees? Take a minute and close your eyes and think about this….this morning you woke up and were able to breath fresh air, you were in a warm comfortable home, you might have even had orange juice or apple juice and on your waffles you had maple syrup. Once you got to school or work you used a pencil and some paper to take notes with or even read a chapter of your favorite book. Open your eyes, what do all those things have in common? Yes it’s Trees and that is what the students learn while preparing for the Poster Contest. This year we also talked about the different symbols of our nation, such as the Mighty Oak being or National Tree and the Bald Eagle being our National Bird. We discussed that other Nations have a National Trees. Canada- Maple Tree, Denmark the Beech Tree, and Honduras the Ceiba (Kapok Tree). The Mighty Oak was named our National Tree in 2001 when a voting process hosted by the National Arbor Day Foundation made it possible for Americans of all walks of life to help select the tree they felt best reflected our country to serve as this important national symbol. First Place winners were chosen and their posters were sent in to the State Forestry Service to compete in the State wide Arbor Day Contest. Dixie Anderson was chosen from Scurry Rosser Middle School, Mackenzie Whitwood was the winner from Kemp Intermediate, Bailee Fuentes was the winner from Nash (Kaufman ISD), Tiffany Turners won the First Place Prize from the Forney Claybon School. The Judges were very impressed with the posters this year and I was excited to have spoken to over 600 students about how important Trees are to us in our everyday lives.

Wow, what a hot but wonderful summer….Camp Wildlife and Camp Wetlands have been so much fun….I have had 25 plus at each camp and have honestly had the best voluteers ever. Campers attending Camp have learned about Trees and the benefits of keeping them healthy, we learned how to identify different types of Trees, we hiked through nature and learned what the wildlife in our area eat to survive on, we made bird feeders and talked about the different birds living at the Wetlands. I think the favorite activties have been Arrowhead hunting, GPS, Archery and those way to cool Alligators. I would love to hear feed back from everyone that has attended camp this summer….parents what was the most talked about Camp or Activity……Do you have any suggestions for next summer? Hope to see everyone at the last Day Camp of 2011…..Camp Wildlife #3 is August 4th from 9-2 for Ages 8 -14 let me know if you can make it…..Our favorite Trapper will be back this year and of course we will have more time to work on our Archery skills.

Students at Phillips Elementary learned about Smokey Bear and Woodsie Owl during the month of December, learning that Smokey Bear’s motto is Only you can Prevent Wildfires and that Woodsie Owl wants us to Give a Hand and Care for the Land. With the information shared with them they prepared posters to enter in the Kaufman Garden Clubs poster contest. The winners of the contest won gift cards to CJ’s sponsored Garden Club Ladies.