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Q&A Were fall foliage leaf colors in Canada also delayed in autumn 2021?

English is not my first language. I didn't fully grok this National Geographic article published November 24 2021 by Sarah Gibbens. But it discusses just the eastern U.S.A., NOT Canada. How ever wh...

0 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by TextKit‭

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Q&A Looking for information about the large circles free of snow that form in the spring around the trunks of large trees?

We have often used the large snow free circles that form in the spring around the trunks of large trees as camping spots. Even in an area blanketed with deep snow, there will be such bare, dry gro...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can trees be treated to deter poachers?

I recently heard from a guy who decided to cut a cedar tree from a ditch line for a Christmas tree instead of buying one. He said that after getting it home and decorating it that it started to ha...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by wanderweeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which tree produces heart shaped seeds enveloped in a long pod?

Which tree native to Florida produces these seeds? The pods are really long and the seeds inside are in the shape of little hearts.

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ann‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this plastic net with a wide middle and bottom that looks like an upside-down flower hanging from a tree?

We recently (July, 2019) went to Bar Harbor, Maine, United States, to visit friends who live on the ocean. My husband took a walk on an established path (he's very serious about Leave No Trace) at ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the components of a good climbing kit for recreational tree climbing?

I've enjoyed climbing and cutting trees for many years. I now want to go to higher levels, but safety is a primary concern, because I am afraid of heights. I'm about to order gear for recreation...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by WantToClimb‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What animal would chew up trees in West Georgia?

I live in the West Georgia area. We now have several trees chewed up beginning 5 feet off the ground and all the way around the tree, some to the very top. I found a birch that had a 4 foot section...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Joy Burnham‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is this fungus on a birch tree Chaga?

Once again found a fungi growing on birch and I'm not entirely sure what it is. It looks quite like the chaga fungi but I'm really not too sure! I have seen chaga in some videos before and it seeme...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by eternalNoob‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this tree with shiny leaves and a fuzzy seed pod?

I was walking my dog along this one stretch of side walk in my neighborhood and there are a few of these trees lined up along it. They have a fuzzy seed pod (or perhaps a flower pod?) that reminds...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Timmy Jim‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What animal could entirely strip the bark of a birch like this?

I was snowshoeing in Quebec and saw these birch trees completely removed. There were fine what appeared to be teeth marks. The was moss that was left trees.

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Shane Drown‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What woods have been used to build primitive shelters in northern climates, especially around the Adirondacks Mountains?

I'm exploring primitive shelter building in northern cool temperate climates. I mean primitive as a compliment: the prime, first, original, indigenous, low-tech/base-tech. Things like the Haudenosa...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by cr0‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you eat pine needles in an emergency?

If you are in a survival situation in the woods and really hungry, and you are unsure about which plants are edible, can you eat pine needles?

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by wyocalboy‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are uses of red spruce (picea rubens) by humans in a wilderness, primitive, or frontier setting?

What are uses for red spruce (picea rubens) by humans in wilderness settings (e.g. in primitive technologies, bushcraft, wilderness survival, low-tech rural livelihoods, frontier homesteading)? Whi...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by cr0‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which wood sources produce toxic smoke?

So the title says it all. If I am scavenging wood in the wilderness, does some of it burn toxic? If so what kinds. This question is derived from this answer.

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by MaskedPlant‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A When to plant a potted live Christmas tree?

We purchased a small potted live Christmas tree. We want to plant it outside. The ground is not frozen, can we plant it the day after Christmas or do we need to wait until spring? Each year mill...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to tell if pi&#xF1;on trees have good cones

I started harvesting pine nut cones from the piñon trees in my area yesterday and am a bit worried about the crop. From the cones I have been able to open I notice that most of the nuts are undevel...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Ian‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I tell the difference between a Tentworm caterpillar and a Fall Webworm caterpillar by observing the web?

A question from August 13, 2018 asked what type of caterpillar was living in a cocoon on a tree at the Mass. Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, on Mt. Wachusett, in Princeton, Central Massachusetts, USA. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible to 'moisture trap' from trees while thru-hiking?

I'm toying with the idea of collecting water from tree leaf transpiration, while hiking: Obviously, vegetation with larger leaf surface area (and certain types) would be better than others. But...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What types of trees are in these intertwined groups in Massachusetts?

Last week we were walking at the Wachusett Reservoir in Central Massachusetts, USA. Next to the path was a group of mature trees, the largest of which was a maple, with various sizes of smaller tr...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What types of resources are best for identifying trees while hiking?

I'd like to start identifying trees in my area as a project with my kids while we are hiking. What is best for tree identification? Is it a good color book such as the Audubon Field Guide to Nor...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Best rope for a rope swing

A few years ago I, er… a friend of mine, put up a rope swing in a nearby park. It's in a large eucalyptus, about 25 metres high, and is much loved by many local kids – and parents. Originaly I ju...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by stib‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I minimize the risk of tree wells when backcountry skiing?

When skiing in the backcountry (or even in the trees at resorts), what can be done to minimize the risk of getting trapped in a tree well?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is growing in these cocoon-looking structures found on a mountain in Massachusetts, USA?

We found a few things which we think are cocoons on a tree at Mass. Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, on Mt. Wachusett, in Princeton, Central Massachusetts, USA. It was last week, mid-August. The tree st...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why do upside down tree leaves mean rain

So I have heard this saying a lot and would like to know if and why this is true because the leaves are upside down now and I have always been confused by this because some have told me nay and som...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by JIMMYPlay‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to assess the likelihood of a tree falling in a forest?

Sometimes while camping in forests, there will be dead trees around, or in forests where there was a fire, a high percentage of the trees will be dead. While it is not extremely likely that a tree ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can removing dead wood harm the ecosystem?

My inlaws have about 40 wooded acres in the Mid Atlantic region. They are nice woods but the amount of dead wood on the ground is astounding. For the most part it makes walking through similar to a...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I get a GPS location for this tree on a distant hillside?

I want to hike to the base of this tree (circled in red in the photo). That's a hillside full of full grown trees beneath it, and it looks like over a full tree's height sticking up above the other...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by jdmcnair‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this tree with a spiral shaped trunk in Massachusetts?

On a recent hike at the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, Massachusetts, my husband came across this tree. The trunk is twisted in a spiral/curly fashion. It was in a forest of many other ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to attach signs to trees considering tree growth?

I am trying to determine the best way to attach trail signs to trees in the woods. The problem with trees is that they grow. If you firmly embed a nail in the wood, the tree will eventually grow ...

9 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Escaping tree well

Last week, while exploring tree snowboarding at Big Sky, MT, I ended up in a tree well. I was up to my waist and was able to crawl out. But it felt awkward and I see how I could sink deeper. My qu...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Shooting into tree

A few weeks ago, I strapped a target onto a tree that was about 1.5-2' in diameter to sight my muzzleloader on private property. I fired about a dozen .50 cal bullets into the tree. In addition t...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a consensus or ethic for rappelling off a tree?

When trad climbing I have seen many people wrap their rope around a tree and then rappel, and then yank the rope down at the next belay station or tree. I have also seen the scarring as a result of...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by DJBunk‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How many trees are there in California you can drive through?

A Recent news event (Pioneer Cabin Tree in California felled by storms), brought drive through trees to mind. When I looked at the pictures, I realized it is not the same tree I drove through last...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How does a tree with such an extreme curvature form?

Back in my hometown in Northeast Pennsylvania, I remembered that there was this tree down my road that had an extreme curvature to it. Now, I could see a branch of a tree growing like this, but th...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Timmy Jim‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can anyone help with identifying this tree?

The tree kind of resembles an ash but has green buds, there are pinnate leaflets with rounded tips close up of leaflets edit This tree is located in Cambidgeshire in the United Kingdom

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Chris J‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of tree produces these seed pods looking like spiky balls?

I recently moved to southern Virginia near the coast (about 15 miles in from it). All over the ground are these spiky balls that I assume contain seeds to the tree they fall off of. There are lit...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Timmy Jim‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of tree produces these long multi-seed pods?

My last question provided me with a very thorough answer and I'm hoping for the same thing with this one. Another kind of tree in my area (southeast Virginia) produces these long seed pods with se...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Timmy Jim‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I identify Woolly Adelgid on a Hemlock tree?

Note: An update has been added to this post, and is found below the first set of pictures. I live in Central Massachusetts, in the town of Holden. We're on the border of the large city of Worces...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are these fungi that I've found growing on a dead birch?

What are these fungi I found on a dead birch? Initially, I thought perhaps artist's bracket or southern bracket, but now I think they might be horses hoof fungus? I'm not very knowledgeable about t...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by eternalNoob‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why are two birds obsessed with a chopped-down tree?

Where I work, there was a great pine tree which was recently chopped (actually, sawed) down. Prior to its demise, this tall pine was visited often by lizards and birds. After its removal, though,...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by B. Clay Shannon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What trees/bushes are best suited for a simple bow?

This question is about the simple type of bow often (but not exclusively :) ) made by children that consists of a branch of wood with a cord tied to both its ends. Obviously such a branch should be...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by imsodin‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a suitable workflow for cutting down trees?

I have many trees on my land that need to be cut down. I would like to know what suitable workflows there are for the whole process. Should I cut a tree down, cut it up into small pieces, and split...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Programmer‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which types of wood will make food taste bad?

So other than toxic burning wood, which types of wood are safe to use for cooking fires but will just make my food taste bad? I live in the Southwest, and all types of woods that I have cooked over...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by MaskedPlant‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do sugar maple trees ever flower in the fall in Ohio?

I know that most maple trees flower in the spring and produce seeds in the fall. However, it seems to be the reverse for the maples near me. I see seeds fall off in the spring which makes me think ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Caters‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of animal may have done this?

I was recently hiking around Finland with my girlfriend and we came across several trees that seem to have been had at by some sort of animal. I'm quite curious as to what it may be and any help wo...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Vinny Pem‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What causes a tree to split into multiple trunks?

There is this one tree (I believe an oak tree) near my road that is very large in size. Practically at the base of its trunk, it diverges into four other large trunks: What causes this phenomen...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Timmy Jim‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Rappelling from tree

My friend and I were on a tough sport climb and couldn't make it to the chains. Thus, we had one quickdraw still on a bolt and we didn't want to leave this behind, (a quickdraw on this same projec...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by maxwell‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Processing the fruit of chequers/wild service tree

How do I process the fruit of the wild service tree? I know the berries need to be subjected to frost before they can be dried and consumed. Can I harvest them early and stick them in the freez...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Chris J‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How exactly do you cut down a tree with fire?

If I wanted to use fire to cut down a tree how would I accomplish this safely? Clearly if I build a big bonfire at the base of the tree it will burn down and possibly cause a forest fire.

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Erik‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which types of animals would peel bark off this tree?

I'm just curious which animals would peel bark off a tree like this: It's a riparian setting in the Mid Atlantic region. I was thinking maybe a beaver?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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