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  • Which Tree is Which (Tree ID)

    I was wondering if anyone else spends time in the summer looking at leaves, twig patterns, bark type…trees in general? I have really learned a lot about how to tree ID but knowing that I have a lot to learn…it is fun to look at trees that I have made mistakes on their ID in the winter and figure them out properly in the summer looking at the leaves etc. This is usually done while I am walking the dogs, LOL!

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    Ha I guess I maybe should have posted (Good Burning Wood). One of the many mistakes I’ve made is one time thinking a giant tree that was laying over was an oak tree…it had that gnarly bark. I should’ve known being that the wood felt extremely light. It burnt extremely fast and there was not much heat… it was a cold night and I was brand new at hot tent camping and my sleep system was horrible. So it was a little bit of a chilly night ha ha

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    • #3
      Tamed maple from last winter - stacked and waiting for this winter


      Found a standing dead maple tree last winter that burned so well...

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      • #4
        Very cool! Good dense maple is amazing. I have learned there are many species of maple …. I know sugar maple is very dense (I believe Red also) and burns extremely well. Silver maple and Box Elder are a lot less dense.
        Ha..I also like to stash wood (or at least know where some good standing dead trees are etc…) That looks like a serious supply in your tent!

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        • #5
          I have found the Seek app by iNaturalist to be great in helping me learn to identify trees, plants and such. I, too, make a point to identify in full foliage and then return in fall/winter to see the change in the same trees. I’m astounded at the diversity in my area. I especially like to use this app when scouting wood for spoon carving, even at the local tree dump.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 4estTrekker View Post
            I have found the Seek app by iNaturalist to be great in helping me learn to identify trees, plants and such.
            I guess I know what I'll be doing in my backyard tomorrow. Thanks for the app tip.

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            • #7
              4estTrekker I’m with SD_Motak “thanks for the app tip”. I am defiantly going to check that out!
              I read somewhere that feeling the bark even sort of tasting it can help. So many interesting things out there. I know I look a little weird gnawing on a piece of bark..ha

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              • #8
                Winter tree ID is so important for hot tent users. My dreams are filled with standing dead Ash tree stands!

                LL

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                • #9
                  LOL…Ash is definitely one of my favorites! Even it’s bark is dense!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 4estTrekker View Post
                    I have found the Seek app by iNaturalist to be great in helping me learn to identify trees, plants and such. I, too, make a point to identify in full foliage and then return in fall/winter to see the change in the same trees. I’m astounded at the diversity in my area. I especially like to use this app when scouting wood for spoon carving, even at the local tree dump.
                    I will have to try this out. Thanks!

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