From the Forest

Pin Oak – Perfect for Planting


I have become more or less fond of some trees over time, due to personal reasons. For instance, white pine’s magnificently towering ship-mast traits make it stand out in a field or forest setting. However, removing this same tree near someone’s home does cause some anxiety due to its abundant sticky sap and unpredictably brittle wood. After monkeying around in […]

Freeing an apple


I ’ve been walking by this one apple tree for about 10 years. In fact, I probably walked past it for a few years before actually noticing it. It was encased under grapevine. In summer, between the vine and high grass, it would make any scout-sniper jealous to compare his gilly suit with. But, this was an apple tree, not […]

Tree budgets


What’s a budget? A budget is an estimate of income and expenditures over a set period of time. If trees came with budget sheets attached to them, they might surprise you based upon their location, species, and size. This “tree budget” became apparent to me while assessing trees for a homeowners’ association near Swan Lake in Sullivan County. A dozen […]

Slowing Down to Hear the Birds



When I was in my teens and first got into hiking mountains, I used to sprint up to the peak. I’d look around for a few minutes and then rush back to the car. I remember whizzing by one older gentleman on my way up Panther Mountain. As I passed him, he muttered, “You know you’re not supposed to run […]

Wood pirates



We’re spoiled here in the northeast; I mean at least as far as our wide selection of trees to choose from for burning. Obviously, many of these trees – when good quality – are better used for making wood products. However, this article is about burning wood and April 1st demarcates the beginning of re-squaring my wood piles after a […]


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