15 Months of a Forest’s Life Shown in 3-minute Time-lapse

Photographer Samuel Orr took photos out of the window of his house for 15 months, then put the accumulated 40,000 photographs into this amazing time-lapse video.


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Massive Sculptue of the Last Standing Tree from 2011 Tsunami

Massive Sculptue of the Last Standing Tree from 2011 Tsunami

By Christopher on March 11, 2013

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As cleanup continues two years after the deadly tsunami that struck Japan, a decision was made to preserve the memory of the miracle pine tree. The towering 88-foot tall pine tree was the last standing among a forest of 70,000 trees that were completely wiped out along the coast in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture. The tree survived for nearly 18 months after the tsunami but eventually died due to high levels of saline introduced into its environment, after which is was felled and giant molds were created to again form the trunk and branches as they stood when the tree was alive. The monument is set to be unveiled this week.

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© 2010-2013 Christopher Jobson

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BIG Trees of the Pacific Northwest

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) 2012 annual conference was held in Portland, OR.  The Pacific Northwest afforded the opportunity to experience some of the world’s largest trees in Washington’s Olympic National Park and along the Oregon coast.


Along the road to the Hoh Rain Forest, one of the largest Sitka spruce trees in the US at over 270′ tall & 12.5′ in diameter.


The Duncan Cedar, the world’s largest Western Redcedar at 178’ tall & 19.4’ in diameter.


The Cape Meares Sitka Spruce stands 144’ tall and 15.5’ and is the largest of its species in Oregon.


The Octopus Tree is a massive Sitka spruce near Oregon’s Cape Meares Lighthouse. Its branches, growing like giant tentacles, were created by the ravages of coastal winds.


The Quinault Big Cedar is thought by some to be over 1,000 years old.


Lauren Lanphear stands inside the Quinault Big Cedar tree, with sky visible 200’ above.


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2012 In Review – Blog Stats for 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Arbor Alert! This Tree is Missing.

Arbor Alert banner hanging on the fence in front of the Kan Zaman Restaurant, at 1616 West 25th.

Somebody is not happy about the removal of the tree that had been growing in a sidewalk cutout.

This banner caught my attention as I drove home from my Thursday weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland.  Heading south on W. 25th St. from Detroit Ave toward Lorain Ave, I saw this banner hung on the fence in front of the Kan Zaman Middle Eastern Restaurant & Bakery.

Of course, I HAD to get a picture of it, so I quickly turned around and went pack to the Kan Zaman parking lot.  There, in front of the banner, was a section of new concrete, where clearly the tree pictured on the banner had once been.

And, there, looming large above the north end of the parking lot, stood the large billboard for Cleveland’s Country Music Station, WGAR 99.5.  Score one for the billboard industry!

The reason why the “missing tree” was removed – to accommodate an unobscured view of this beautiful billboard.

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Tom Mugridge Recieves International Award of Distinction


Tom Mugridge, General Manager of the Forest City Tree Protection Co., Inc and 2012 recipient of the ISA Honorary Life Membership Award of Distinction.

The International Society of Arboriculture presented its Honorary Life Membership Award of Distinction to Tom Mugridge at its 88th annual conference in Portland, OR on Sunday evening August 12, 2012.  The award is granted to ISA members who have contributed materially and substantially to the progress of arboriculture and have given unselfishly in their efforts to support arboriculture.

Thirty years ago, Tom Mugridge became a member of ISA. He recognized the importance of giving back to the industry supporting his livelihood. This year, we honor Mugridge with ISA’s Honorary Life Membership for his dedication to the profession and his support of the advancement of arboriculture.


A surprised and grateful Tom Mugridge thanking ISA members at the annual conference in Portland, OR.

A resident of Cleveland Heights, Ohio and former president of the Ohio ISA Chapter, Mugridge was one of the earliest of Ohio’s certified arborists to pass the ISA Arborist Certification exam and obtain his credential. Always on the forefront of best practices in the field, Mugridge is known to set the highest professional standards for himself, while networking and sharing what he learns with other arborists.

Mugridge, general manager of Forest City Tree Protection Company, actively serves on the ISA Membership Committee with an interest in continually evaluating how ISA can best serve its members.

Tom is the 4th individual from the Forest City Tree Protection Co to receive this prestigious award, following W. P. Lanphear, Jr in ‘1963, Bill Lanphear in 1988, & Lauren Lanphear in 1996.


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A Time of Celebration


Tom Mugridge, General Manager and Karen Fellenstein, retiring bookkeeper.

This past weekend was a big day of celebration at the Forest City Tree Protection Co.  On Friday March 30, 2012 we enjoyed a cake from Archie’s Hough Bakery in honor of Tom Mugridge’s birthday (March 29) AND in honor of Karen Fellenstein upon her retirement after more than 31 years.


It's always a treat when reason is found to order a "Hough Cake" from Archie's Hough Bakery on Lakeshore Blvd in Cleveland.

Karen Fellenstein started at FCTP on November 10, 1980.  FCTP President, Lauren Lanphear stated, “She was my first hire.  No doubt I got that one right!!!

Karen grew up in Euclid, graduating from Euclid High School where she followed the business course of studies. She now resides in Munson with her husband, Don of over 40 years.  Her two sons, David & Chris both worked summers at Forest City Tree Protection.

Karen served as our secretary for nearly 20 years, then in 2000 assumed the role bookkeeper.  Her last duties were training our new bookkeeper, Michelle Andree.


Karen Fellenstein, left, is all smiles on her last day of work as she completes her training of new bookkeeper, Michelle Andree.


Smiles all around! Tom Mugridge & Karen Fellenstein cut their cake.

CONGRATULATIONS to Karen on her retirement and Tom on his birthday (the 29th anniversary of his 29th birthday).  We will miss you, Karen.  Enjoy your time together with Don.

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