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By Josh Morin
Special to the Courier 

Bark — it’s not just for beavers

 

January 19, 2019

Courtesy Photo

Bark stripped by a squirrel from the branch of a Russian Olive

Looking out the kitchen window I can see a grove of English elm trees. They were planted many years ago by my neighbor and have become a stately group of large trees with a nice shape. Their crowns provide excellent shade in the summer and they seldom are damaged by storms.

At this time of year, however, a strange color can be seen on several branches. A bright whitish yellow is visible on some of the smaller branches. Walking up and looking more closely at these branches, I can see that the yellow is actually the bare elm wood that is exposed. The bark has been stripped from the branches...



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