Nightly Forest Report

I live in the country on a tree farm.  The noise and bustle of the city are pretty far away, but as I make my rounds to care for the trees, there are lots of little issues that are newsworthy to me…

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Welcome to the Nightly Forest Report, covering Timber from Top to Taproot.

In our top story tonight, the firm of Tallow Tree, Hydrilla, and Air Potato LLC has denied allegations that it has any intent to “invade the US and displace species.” Representatives point out that all three species were invited to this country on the basis of their beauty and purported usefulness, and say that their  extreme adaptability should be seen as a strength, not a flaw.  “We have literally NO natural enemies in this country,” stated CEO Dexter Hydrilla.  “I think that is an exceptional accomplishment, worthy of recognition, not of repression.”

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Could this simple Chinese tallow tree release poison through its roots to kill other trees? Stay tuned for further developments…

In other business, Wild Grape International seems poised for a hostile takeover of Greater Loblolly Pine Corporation.

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A wild grape vine stretches across and targets a loblolly pine tree.

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The grape leaves cloak the entire tree, weighing it down.

However, observers have noted that internal disruption in high levels is threatening to dissolve Wild Grape, causing investors to question its viability.  It looks like Loblolly may survive this takeover attempt.

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Some departments have been reduced to bare bones.  So to speak.

In governmental agency news, Poison Ivy Unlimited (PIU) has asked the USDA to rescind the well-known “Leaves of Three” restriction, which has been in effect since the Year One.

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The company would also like to revamp the “mitten” look of its outside leaves.

PIU claims that Virginia Creeper Corporation, with its five leaves allowance, has an unfair advantage both in its native environment and in its public relations campaigns.

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Virginia Creeper places far ahead of Poison Ivy in any “My favorite vine” competition.

“Ask anyone,” stated company spokesperson Ivy Green, “what word normally follows ‘Poison Ivy’ and people respond with either ‘removal’ or ‘medicine.’  If you ask the same question about ‘Virginia Creeper,’ the most common response is ‘Trail.’  At this point, who wants to go down the Poison Ivy Trail?  No one.  We believe that customers will enjoy designing their own versions of our plant products, by adding leaves to our basic triumvirate.”

In a related story, Yaupon Holly Corporation has decided to drop its decades-old slogan, “God’s Gasoline,” for a more modern motto.


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The new slogan, “Yaupon – Ultimately Successful (in Spite of All Your Efforts),” was unrolled in an ad campaign this week.  Other slogans that were briefly considered included “Spontaneous Combustion is our Specialty” and “Go Ahead and Sleep – We’ll Be Out Here Growing.”

When asked if they had considered using their Latin name, which of course would be recognizable the world over, spokespeople winced, said that “Ilex vomitoria” does not satisfactorily capture Yaupon’s many facets, and asked, “Have you noticed we look Christmas-y practically year-round?”

Turning to sports, in aerial gymnastics, the Swallowtail Kites continue to outperform and out-maneuver the Red-shouldered Hawks, with the Turkey Vultures coming in a distant third.

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Swallow-tailed Kites – the gold medalists of raptor acrobatics.

In art news, a member of the Grrr-illa Spiders has created an installation called simply “Web.”  The anonymous artist has made no statement as to the intended meaning behind her work, but this reviewer feels that it serves to remind us all how interconnected we are, and yet, how fragile are the lines that connect us.


The installation will remain in place until rain and wind shred it.

That wraps up our report for tonight.  This portion of the news has been brought to you by the Southern Dewberry Council, who reminds you that there is no better way to honor Mom than by climbing around in snake-infested thorny brambles, to harvest a few handfuls of tart berries for that traditional Mother’s Day Dewberry Cobbler.


Dewberries – Worth the Scratches!

And as always, we thank the contributors at Southern Board, Chip, and BarkMulch – who supply you with 16,000 board-feet of yellow pine per acre, every 15 years, on only 47 inches of rain per year.