Mike Kuhns

Wildland Resources Dept

Forestry Specialist


Michael Kuhns

Contact Information

Office Location: NR 206A / USU
Phone: (435) 797-4056
Email: mike.kuhns@usu.edu
Website: http://forestry.usu.edu/

Educational Background

PhD, Forestry; Tree Physiology, Auburn University, 1986
Photosynthate Allocation in Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda L.) as Related to Water Deficit and Time of Year
MS, Forest Ecology, University of MissourI, 1980
Black Walnut Root Growth
BS, Forest Management, University of Missouri, 1977
Pre-forestry, University of Nebraska, 1975

Awards

Distinguished Service Award, 2011

Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA

Silver Award Web Design - USU Extension Forestry Webcasts, 2010

Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals

Communications Award for Tree Browser Website, 2010

National Assn. of County Ag. Agents

Elected ANREP President, 2009

Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals

Gold Award Refereed Journal Article, 2009

Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals

Silver Award Webpage - Tree Browser Website, 2009

Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals

Technology Team Award for the New Tree Browser, 2009

Epsilon Sigma Phi Iota (Utah) Chapter

USU 2008 Overall Extension Specialist Award, 2008

USU Extension

Silver Award Refereed Journal Article, 2007

Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals

Gold Award Newsletter, 2006

Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals

President's Award, 2006

Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals

Merit Award, 2004

Intermountain Section Society of American Foresters

President's Award, 2004

Utah Community Forest Council

Silver Award Web Page, 2004

Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals

Innovative Program Award, 2004

USU Extension

Forester of the Year, 1997

Intermountain Section Society of American Foresters

New Specialist Award, 1995

USU Extension

Outstanding New Specialist Award, 1990

University of Nebraska Extension

Nebraska PLT Outstanding New Program Award, 1990

Project Learning Tree


Publications | Abstracts

  • Kuhns, M.R, (2014). Urban forestry changes in the western U.S.. The International Forestry Review *
  • Holmgren, L.N, Kuhns, M.R, H., (2012). TREEBROWSER MOBILE – NOT JUST FOR THE DESKTOP ANYMORE.
  • Kuhns, M.R, Holmgren, L.N, Holloway, R., Tree Browser Mobile, Not Just for the Desktop Anymore. National Association of County Agricultural Agents
  • Kuhns, M.R, Goodspeed, J., Rasmussen, S., Carlson, C., Josiah, S., (2002). Adapting the Master Gardener Concept for Urban/Community Forestry. Abstract, Proc. 3rd Natural Resource Extension Professionals Conf., Naples, FL *
  • Kuhns, M.R, (1998). Utah's forest landowner education program. Abstract in: Proc. 1st National Extension Natural Resources Conf. Deerwood, MN, May 1998 *

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Books

  • Kuhns, M.R, (1998). A Guide to the Trees of Utah and the Intermountain West. USU Press, Logan, UT
  • Kuhns, M.R, (1994). What tree is that? A guide to the more common trees found in the western U.S.. National Arbor Day Foundation

    Publications | Book Chapters

  • Daniels, B., McAvoy, D., Kuhns, M.R, (2010). Timber Sale Contracts: In: Nichols Cyclopedia of Legal Forms, Vol. 5E, Logs, Trees and Lumber. Thomson Reuters *
  • Kuhns, M.R, (2002). Urban Forestry: Urban Planning Tools for Quality Growth 2002 Supplement. Chaired committee and wrote major portions of this chapter for Envision Utah

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Fact Sheets

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Rogers, P., Catlin, J., Jones, A., Schuler, J., Morris, A., Kuhns, M.R, Quaking aspen at the residential-wildland interface: Sustained elk herbivory hinders forest conservation. Natural Areas Journal
  • Wagner, K.M, Kuhns, M.R, (2013). Meeting Horticulture Clientele Interests in an Urban Setting: A Needs Assessment for Reduced Pesticide and Pollinator Education in the Greater Salt Lake Area. NACAA Journal
  • Kuhns, M.R, Reiter, D.K, (2009). Tree care and topping beliefs, knowledge, and practices in six western U.S. cities. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, 35:3, 122-128.
  • Kuhns, M.R, Reiter, D.K, (2007). Knowledge of and attitudes about utility pruning and how education can help. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, 33:4, 264-274.
  • Salmon, O., Brunson, M.W, Kuhns, M.R, (2006). Benefit-based audience segmentation: A tool for identifying nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) owner education needs. Journal of Forestry, 104:8, 419-425.
  • Kuhns, M.R, (2005). Characteristics of urban forestry programs in Utah. Journal of Arboriculture, 31:6, 285-295.
  • Stewart, R., Kjelgren, R.K, Johnson, P.G, Kuhns, M.R, (2005). Growth and water relations of littleleaf linden trees in irrigated buffalograss and Kentucky bluegrass. HortScience, 40:5, 1529-1533.
  • Stewart, R., Kjelgren, R.K, Johnson, P.G, Kuhns, M.R, (2004). Soil-water-use characteristics of precision-irrigated buffalograss and Kentucky bluegrass. Online Applied Turfgrass Science, doi:10.109
  • Kuhns, M.R, Bragg, H., Blahna, D., (2004). Attitudes and experiences of women and minorities in the urban forestry/arboriculture profession. Journal of Arboriculture, 30:1, 11-18.
  • Kuhns, M.R, (2002). Involvement of women and minorities in the urban forestry profession. Journal of Arboriculture, 28:1, 27-34.
  • Kelson, A., Lilieholm, R., Kuhns, M.R, (1999). Economics of living snow fences in the Intermountain West. Western J. Appl. Forestry, 14:3, 132-136.
  • Kuhns, M.R, (1998). Landowners' educational needs and how foresters can respond. J. of Forestry, 96:8, 38-43.
  • Kuhns, M.R, (1998). Urban/community forestry in the Intermountain West. J. of Arboriculture, 24:5, 280-285.
  • Gebre, G., Brandle, J., Kuhns, M.R, (1997). Influence of rewatering and time of sampling on solute accumulation of two Populus deltoides clones. Tree Physiology, 17, 341-346.
  • Adkins, R., Kuhns, M.R, Blood, M., (1997). Urban forest resource management at Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah. J. of Arboriculture, 23:4, 136-143.
  • Kuhns, M.R, (1997). Penetration of treated and untreated burlap by roots of balled-and-burlapped Norway maples. J. of Arboriculture, 23, 7-Jan.
  • Brunson, M.W, Yarrow, D., Roberts, S., Guynn, D., Kuhns, M.R, (1996). Nonindustrial private forest owners and ecosystem management: Can they work together?. J. of Forestry, 94, 14-21.
  • Gebre, G., Kuhns, M.R, Brandle, J., (1994). Organic solute accumulation and dehydration tolerance in three water-stressed Populus deltoides clones. Tree Physiol., 14, 575-587.
  • Kuhns, M.R, Stroup, W., Gebre, G., (1993). Dehydration tolerance of five bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) seed sources from Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota, and New York. Can. J. Forest Res., 23, 387-393.
  • Gebre, G., Kuhns, M.R, (1993). Effects of water stress preconditioning on gas exchange and water relations of Populus deltoides clones. Can. J. Forest Res., 23, 1291-1297.
  • Kuhns, M.R, Gjerstad, D., (1991). Distribution of 14C-labeled photosynthate in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) seedlings as affected by season and time after exposure. Tree Physiol., 8, 259-271.
  • Gebre, G., Kuhns, M.R, (1991). Seasonal and clonal variations in drought tolerance of Populus deltoides. Can. J. Forest Res., 21, 910-916.
  • Kuhns, M.R, Gjerstad, D., (1988). Photosynthate allocation in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) seedlings as affected by moisture stress. Can. J. Forest Res., 18, 285-291.
  • Kuhns, M.R, Garrett, H., Teskey, R., Hinckley, T., (1985). Root growth of black walnut trees related to soil temperature, soil water potential, and leaf water potential. Forest Science, 31:3, 617-629.

Professional Journal

  • Kuhns, M.R, (2014). Drip Irrigation for Trees. Christmas Trees, 41:2 *

Public or Trade Journal

  • Kuhns, M.R, (2006). Understanding trees and drought. American Nurseryman, 204:9, 38-40.
  • Kuhns, M.R, (2004). Directional pruning leaves utility lines clear and trees healthy. Western Arborist, 30:3, 16-18. *
  • Kuhns, M.R, (2003). Here's how to: Plant trees for energy conservation. Soc. Amer. Foresters Forestry Source, 8:6, 11. *
  • Kuhns, M.R, (2002). Here's how to design a windbreak. SAF Forestry Source, 7:2, 12. *
  • Kuhns, M.R, (1995). Canyon maple: A tree for the interior West. Tree Leaves, ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter Publ., 21:3, 22-23. *
  • Kuhns, M.R, (1995). Clearing up a misconception about honeylocusts. Western Landscapes Plus, 5(3), 12.
  • Kuhns, M.R, (1994). Are native trees always the best choices?. Western Landscapes Plus, 4(8), 4.

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | MultiMedia

PowerPoint

    Video

    Web

    Software

    • Kuhns, M.R, James, W., Holmgren, L.N, (2014). USU Tree Browser App for iPhone.

    Other Media

    • Kuhns, M.R, (2014). USU Extension Forestry Facebook and Twitter. *

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Technical Reports

    Research Reports

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Other

    Bulletins

    Magazine/Trade Publications

    • Kuhns, M.R, (1998). Don't plant a $100 tree in a $2 hole. Wasatch Yard & Garden *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1996). How landscape design and maintenance practices can help save homes and lives in fire-prone areas. Western Landscapes Plus
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1995). Young perennials and old spruces. Western Landscapes Plus
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1994). Designing a windbreak. Utah Farmer, May 1994
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1993). New tree planting method increases tree vigor. Great Western Landscapes Plus
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1993). Identification and keys: Identifying trees. Nebraskaland Mag.
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1993). Summer key to Nebraska's trees. Nebraskaland Mag.
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1992). Answer to unhealthy livestock and wildlife may be blowing in the wind. Utah Farmer-Stockman Supplement

    Newsletter

    • Kuhns, M.R, (2014). Utah Forest News. USU Extension
    • Kuhns, M.R, Cold hardiness in woody plants. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, Trees have value – Part 1. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, Trees have value – Part 2. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2011). Should you remove root ball packing materials at planting time? . ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2011). November 2010 freeze injured tender trees. Utah Pest News *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2011). They are supposed to be evergreen – not brown!. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2009). What can you do to help evergreens get through the winter?. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2009). New online USU Tree Browser available. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2008). Growing a good tree root system. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2007). Managing drought stress in landscape trees. Utah Pest News, Winter 2007-08 *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2007). Trees and drought. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2007). Landscape trees & global warming. Tree Cookies Etc., Virginia Tech U.
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2006). Managing for large trees in our cities. Wood Notes Quarterly, TreeLink On-line Magazine
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2005). Pines for Utah. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2005). Pines for Utah. The Garden Patch, Salt Lake Master Gardener Assn. Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2004). Utah-grown Christmas trees. Garden Utah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2004). Native trees for Utah landscapes. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2004). Test your tree IQ. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2004). Trees for lousy sites. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2004). Directional pruning leaves utility lines clear and trees healthy. Wood Notes Quarterly, TreeLink On-line Magazine
    • Koenig, R., Cerny, T., Kuhns, M.R, (2003). Landscape irrigation and the drought. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2003). Do trees belong in a dry environment?. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2003). Safely watering trees in a drought. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2002). Remove root ball packing materials to help trees survive and thrive. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2002). Watering trees in a drought. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2001). Research notes: More wood from sustainable forests. Utah Forest News *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2001). Be a good tree care consumer. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2001). Magnolias for Utah. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2001). Planting landscape trees. ArborEssence, Utah Community Forest Council/Utah Chapter ISA *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2000). Create a forest for your trees?. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2000). Planting trees? Dig big!. Seeds of Change, Tree Utah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (2000). Swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor): A tree for Utah. Utah Chapter ISA Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1999). Are native trees always the best choices?. Seeds of Change, Newsletter for TreeUtah *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1999). Are small trees always appropriate as street trees?. Seeds of Change, Newsletter for TreeUtah *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1998). Oaks for Utah. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1996). Ensuring effective involvement in urban forestry. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah and Utah Community Forest Council Publ. *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1994). Firewise landscaping. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah and Utah Community Forest Council Publ. *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1993). Firewise landscaping. Tree Leaves, ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter Publ. *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1993). Landscape trees and global warming. Tree Leaves, ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter Publ.
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1992). Bur oak: A tree for the Rocky Mountain region. Tree Leaves, ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter Publ. *

    Newspaper

    • Kuhns, M.R, (2000). Christmas tree selection tips. Hilltop Times, Hill AFB *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1999). Check freshness before buying holiday tree. Hilltop Times, Hill AFB *
    • Kuhns, M.R, (1993). City forests. In: Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT

    Miscellaneous Extension

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    Other

    • Kuhns, M.R, (2003). Managing for large trees in our cities. Seeds of Change, TreeUtah Newsletter *

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Spring 2019
    WILD 7910 - Directed Study, Spring 2019
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Spring 2019
    WILD 4980, 6800, 7800 - Wildland Resources Departmental Seminar, Spring 2019
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Fall 2018
    WILD 4960 - Directed Readings, Fall 2018
    WILD 2000 - Natural Resource Professional Orientation, Fall 2018
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2018
    WILD 4980, 6800, 7800 - Undergraduate Seminar, Fall 2018
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Summer 2018
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Spring 2018
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Spring 2018
    WILD 4980, 6800, 7800 - Wildland Resources Departmental Seminar, Spring 2018
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Fall 2017
    WILD 4960 - Directed Readings, Fall 2017
    WILD 6910 - Directed Study, Fall 2017
    WILD 7910 - Directed Study, Fall 2017
    ENVS 2000 - Natural Resource Professional Orientation, Fall 2017
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2017
    WILD 4980 - Undergraduate Seminar, Fall 2017
    WILD 6800, 7800 - Wildland Resources Departmental Seminar, Fall 2017
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Summer 2017
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2017
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Spring 2017
    WILD 4980, 6800, 7800 - Undergraduate Seminar, Spring 2017
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Fall 2016
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2016
    WILD 4960 - Directed Readings, Fall 2016
    WILD 6910 - Directed Study, Fall 2016
    WILD 7910 - Directed Study, Fall 2016
    NR 2000 - Natural Resources Professional Orientation, Fall 2016
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2016
    WILD 6800, 7800 - Wildland Resources Departmental Seminar, Fall 2016
    WILD 2250 - Introductory Internship/Co-op, Summer 2016
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Spring 2016
    WILD 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2016
    WILD 6910 - Directed Study, Spring 2016
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Spring 2016
    WILD 6800, 7800 - Wildland Resources Departmental Seminar, Spring 2016
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Fall 2015
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2015
    WILD 4960 - Directed Readings, Fall 2015
    WILD 6910 - Directed Study, Fall 2015
    WILD 7910 - Directed Study, Fall 2015
    WILD 2250 - Introductory Internship/Co-op, Fall 2015
    NR 2000 - Natural Resources Professional Orientation, Fall 2015
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2015
    ENVS, WATS, WILD 4980, 6800, 7800 - Watershed Sciences Departmental Seminar, Fall 2015
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Spring 2015
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2015
    WILD 6910 - Directed Study, Spring 2015
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Spring 2015
    WATS,WILD 4980,6800,7800 - Watershed Sciences Departmental Seminar, Spring 2015
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Fall 2014
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2014
    WILD 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2014
    WILD 6910 - Directed Study, Fall 2014
    WILD 7910 - Directed Study, Fall 2014
    ENVS,WATS,WILD 2000 - Natural Resource Professional Orientation, Fall 2014
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2014
    WILD 4980,6800,7800 - Undergraduate Seminar, Fall 2014
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Summer 2014
    WILD 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Summer 2014
    WILD 6910 - Directed Study, Summer 2014
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2014
    WILD 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2014
    WILD 4960 - Directed Readings, Spring 2014
    WILD 6910 - Directed Study, Spring 2014
    WILD 2250 - Introductory Internship/Co-op, Spring 2014
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Spring 2014
    WILD 6800,7800 - Wildland Resources Departmental Seminar, Spring 2014
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Fall 2013
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2013
    WILD 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2013
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2013
    ENVS,WATS,WILD 4980,6800,7800 - Undergraduate Seminar, Fall 2013
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Summer 2013
    WILD 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Summer 2013
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Spring 2013
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2013
    WILD 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2013
    WILD 4980 - Undergraduate Seminar, Spring 2013
    WILD 6800,7800 - Wildland Resources Departmental Seminar, Spring 2013
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Fall 2012
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2012
    WILD 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2012
    WILD 6910 - Directed Study, Fall 2012
    WILD 4970 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2012
    ENVS,WATS,WILD 4980,6800,7800 - Undergraduate Seminar, Fall 2012
    WILD 4250 - Advanced Internship/Co-op, Summer 2012
    WILD 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Summer 2012
    WILD 6910 - Directed Study, Summer 2012
    WILD 6970 - Thesis Research, Summer 2012

    Extension

    Administration, 2000 - Ongoing
    Production Agriculture and Agricultural Economics, 2010 - 2016
    Civil Rights, 2011 - 2011
    Forestry Extension, 2010 - 2011
    Production Agriculture and Agricultural Economics, 2010 - 2010

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Leslie McLachlan, Wildland Resources 2007
    John Hayes, Wildland Resources 2001
    Carolann Militano, Wildland Resources 1998
    Hope Bragg, Wildland Resources 1998
    G. Michael Gebre, 1994
    G. Michael Gebre, 1989