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A Tale of Two Trees: Why Protecting Planted Trees Matters

Tom Foulkrod Monday, 24 April 2017

A Tale of Two Trees: Why Protecting Planted Trees Matters

Here at MyWoodlot, one of the most common reasons we hear why people don’t use tree tubes or bark protectors is that they can be eyesores. But while they might look bad for a few years, they’re worth it in the long run, as I discovered with two larches I planted.

Ten Projects You Can Do on Your Land This Earth Day

Josh VanBrakle Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ten Projects You Can Do on Your Land This Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day, and woodland owners are in a better position than most to make a difference. Here are ten projects you can do this Earth Day (or just about any day) to give back to nature.

Shrikes: 1.5 Ounces of Death from Above

Josh VanBrakle Monday, 17 April 2017

Shrikes: 1.5 Ounces of Death from Above

Last week I wrote about hawthorn shrubs and how valuable they are to wildlife, especially birds. But in that discussion, I didn’t have a chance to talk about one of the most impressive wildlife interactions with hawthorn: its use by shrikes.

Seeking Log “Bolts” for Shiitake Mushroom Production in New York State Cornell Small Farms Program

Joshua VanBrakle Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Seeking Log “Bolts” for Shiitake Mushroom Production in New York State Cornell Small Farms Program

Shiitake mushrooms are an agroforestry crop farmed on small log bolts; the Cornell Small Farms Program is seeking bolt sellers to encourage New York State shiitake production.

Hawthorn for Wildlife

Josh VanBrakle Monday, 10 April 2017

Hawthorn for Wildlife

I was looking through my pictures recently when I noticed a trend. A lot of my bird photos had the bird in the same kind of plant: a hawthorn.

Skunk Cabbage: Swamp Thing of Spring

Tyler Van Fleet Monday, 27 March 2017

Skunk Cabbage: Swamp Thing of Spring

My heart rate quickens as my eyes sweep across dozens of bright green fingers poking out of the ground. It’s as if a buried creature is starting to emerge . . . and launch an attack?!

Curiosity Aroused over “Fancy Phones”

Tom Foulkrod Monday, 20 March 2017

Curiosity Aroused over “Fancy Phones”

I still have a flip phone (shocking, I know!). For what I need, it gets the job done. But lately even I’ve realized my flip phone has limits. I hate to admit it, but smartphones do have some advantages for those who spend time in the woods.

First Time Tappers Part 4

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 13 March 2017

First Time Tappers Part 4

I learned a ton of lessons by the close of my first maple tapping season. Some came from the advice of friends. Others came through epic failure. Here are a few of my favorites.

First Time Tappers Part 3

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 06 March 2017

First Time Tappers Part 3

The past two weeks, I’ve written about my experiences tapping maple trees in my backyard to make maple syrup, as well as some of the problems I ran into along the way. In this week’s post, all that work pays off as I go from sap to delicious homemade maple syrup.

First Time Tappers Part 2

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 27 February 2017

First Time Tappers Part 2

Two of the buckets were doing well. They had over eight inches of sap each. But the third was in bad shape. It had barely an inch of sap in the bucket, and this was from our largest maple tree. What had gone wrong?

First Time Tappers Part 1

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 20 February 2017

First Time Tappers Part 1

I decided to tap three maples behind my house this year. I figured since my kids can’t do without syrup on their waffles, why not put their little hands to work making it?

A Valentine from the Heartwood

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 13 February 2017

A Valentine from the Heartwood

I was trying to think of a Valentine’s-inspired forest topic for today’s blog, but I wasn’t having much luck. Then I took a trip out to the wood pile, and I finally got some inspiration in the form of a small piece of heart-shaped wood.

Life Hack: Get Spring Blooms Indoors

Tyler Van Fleet Monday, 06 February 2017

Life Hack: Get Spring Blooms Indoors

By now the coziness of thick slippers, warm blankets, and hot cocoa has worn thin. Winter hangs on, but don’t despair. It may be winter outside, but it can be spring inside thanks to force blooming.

Laminating Leaves

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 23 January 2017

Laminating Leaves

It’s 15 degrees. The trees are bare. But this Saturday’s Operation Avoid Screen Time had the kids playing with leaves.

Opposite Trees

Karl VonBerg Monday, 09 January 2017

Opposite Trees

Even without leaves, winter has its advantages when it comes to identifying trees. One of those advantages is that it’s easier to see a tree’s branch structure.

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