Top 10

Here are the most popular blogs on MyWoodlot since we started in 2015. Topics include tree identification, wildlife, getting to know forestry professionals, and a Game of Logging chainsaw safety class for women.

Three Tricky Maples: Red, Norway, Sugar

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 09 January 2019

Three Tricky Maples: Red, Norway, Sugar

MyWoodlot team member Tom Pavlesich has posted about his experience tapping the maple trees in his backyard and then using the sap to make maple syrup. If Tom’s posts have inspired you to tap some maples yourself, one of the first things you’ll need to know is how to identify different kinds of maple trees

The Chainsaw

Elizabeth Marks Wednesday, 12 December 2018

You didn’t think you were going to take a chainsaw safety class and not fell a 15” tree, did you?

Where have all the squirrels gone?

Kris Brown Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Where have all the squirrels gone?

The lack of squirrels in the woods didn’t seem like a big deal to me at first, but after seeing one predator after another, I couldn’t help but link the two.

Red Candles of Winter: Staghorn Sumac

Karl VonBerg Monday, 18 December 2017

Red Candles of Winter: Staghorn Sumac

Driving a country road recently on a cold, crystal-clear day, I noticed the fat red spires of staghorn sumac seed clusters silhouetted against the deep blue sky.

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.

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.

Ground Pine, Clubmoss…What’s in a Name?

Karl VonBerg Monday, 14 November 2016

Ground Pine, Clubmoss…What’s in a Name?

Is it a tree? Maybe a moss? No, it’s a fern ally!

Forester, Logger, Arborist…Which One Do I Want, and How Do I Find Them?

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 12 September 2016

Forester, Logger, Arborist…Which One Do I Want, and How Do I Find Them?

Arborists specialize in individual tree care, often in urban or suburban settings. Foresters use tree measurements, landowner goals, and knowledge of forests to develop plans to care for your woods over time. And loggers are the boots on the ground carrying out the plan you and your forester developed.

Roots, Stems, Branches, and Leaves…Oh-my!

Tom Pavlesich Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Roots, Stems, Branches, and Leaves…Oh-my!

If you take the time to learn the root, stem, branch, and leaf traits of different trees, you’ll gain a whole new perspective when you’re in the woods.

Rock Pile Mystery

Joshua VanBrakle Sunday, 30 August 2015

Rock Pile Mystery

On a recent woods walk I found something I’d never seen before: half a dozen mounds of stacked stones. Each pile was about 3 to 4 feet high, and they varied from 6 to 15 feet wide.