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Why It's Not Easy to Hunt and Find American...
Identifying the ginseng plant, root and seed is important but you must also know the legal harvest regulations.
10 Reasons Not to Cut Down Trees
Living trees are important, necessary and valuable to our very existence. Life without trees, we humans would not exist on Earth. Keep a tree around.
Easily Identify Trees Using a Tree Leaf Key
A simple tree leaf identification key for 100 of the most common North American tree's common name and species name.
10 Best Trees for Your Yard
Here are ten of the best, most popular and important trees to consider planting in your yard.
USDA Plant and Tree Hardiness Zone Map
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Forestry.
How Much Should You Pay for Firewood?
Finding firewood just starts the process of determining value of firewood. You need the certainty of not being charged double. Learn how to buy firewood.
How to Kill a Tree With Herbicides
There are times you need to kill a tree and control woody stem plants. Chemical and herbicides are effective if the right treatment and proper application is used.
10 Best Small Trees for Your Yard
Here are top 10 small trees recommended for planting in a small yard. These trees were selected by urban forest specialists for their preferred qualities.
How to Identify the 100 Most Common Trees in...
Learn to identify 100 most common conifer and evergreen trees of the North American forest. Use my tree finder key, along with photographic images and other identifiers to name your tree.
Essential Tips on Using a Chain Saw to cut a...
I show you the step by step process on how cut down a tree using a chainsaw. Felling a tree with a chainsaw must combine safety with a plan how the tree needs to be dropped and bucked to your best advantage.
Easily Identify 50 North American Trees with...
Use this tree leaf key to identify the most common North American hardwood or deciduous trees. Identify your tree with using a single leaf (do not confuse with leaflets) or the many versions of compounds leaves.
The 17 Most Common Oak Trees
Listed here are the most important American oaks. These 17 common oak species are considered the major species for occurrence and economic value.
Pine is one of the most important trees in...
Pine trees are one of the most common coniferous species in North America. Here is a list of those major pines most often seen in the United States and Canada.
Top 6 Portable Sawmills
Portable sawmill manufacturers with good products are thriving. Do-it-yourself sawmilling for lumber is on the rise. If you have the energy to saw your own, I have several favorite saw mills you need to look at.
Crank Starting a Chainsaw
Even a new chainsaw in good repair can be hard to start. Here are steps you can take to get a reliable chainsaw start every time.
Top 5 Chainsaw Mills
Chainsaw mills are inexpensive and very appealing for use where access is limited. Portable chainsaw mills usually run off a framework constructed around the log you cut. Most chainsaw mills require heavy-duty power heads on saws to effectively operate the mill. Special-purpose ripping chains and bars may be required and various accessories that are purchased as an extra item can help you cut specialty wood products. I have included one rip saw in the mix that offers similar characteristics.
What Are the Common North American Hardwood Trees
A list of the most Common North American hardwood trees with their ranges, their identifying and habitat descriptions plus photos.
Electric Chainsaws are Considered Good...
Many people simply don't need the expense or power of a gas chainsaw. If you mainly use saws around the house you need to reconsider a good electric chainsaw first.
A first-blush with forest ecosystems and...
A forest ecosystem is one major ecologic unit that exists as a part of the total complex ecological condition.
A Simple Way to Identify Conifer Trees
Identification of conifer trees most common to North American by their needles and leaves, fruit and flowers. Use conifer and evergreen tree species identifiers like a needle, bark or twig using a key online.
How to Identify American Ginseng
Here are tips and botanical markers used to identify American ginseng along with methods to age the plant.
Top Small Chainsaws Reviewed
Arbor Age magazine recommends six small saws for your potential purchase. Reviewer comments on the models along with a suggested retailed price.
32 Common Tree Diseases in the US
An index of common tree diseases and pathogens taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
You have trees you need to sell. Here is what...
Here is a step by step guide on how to sell Timber, prepare for and make a timber sale and assure a smooth timber harvest.
Identify common U.S. trees with simple leaves.
Hardwood or deciduous trees have leaves that are known as single or simple. This common simple leaf can be in two forms, lobed and unlobed.
Successfully Grow an Oak Tree with an Acorn
How to grow an oak tree from a germinated acorn. This resource shows you how to collect, properly prepare and plant an acorn.
A tree burl is fascinating biology as well as...
Burls are common hardwood and conifer diseases you might find in yard and forest. You can't do much to prevent a tree burl but there are ways to live with one. Here is how.
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
Identify the Most Common Hardwoods
Identification of hardwood trees most common to North American forests by their leaves, fruit and flowers. Use broadleaf and decidious tree species identifiers like a leaf, bark or twig using an key online.
Problems with Leyland Cypresses
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Here are 10 trees you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal.
A list of the most popular Christmas Trees in...
The 10 top Christmas trees selected and ranked by voter popularity. Find out which tree species are the most popular Christmas trees in North America.
Trees need food, especially the first several...
Fertilizers are important to growing young trees. Find out when to apply, how to use and what fertilizers to buy.
Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
Learn the Basics of Tree Structure
Tree bark offers color and texture unique to certain species. Use the tree bark to make a positive tree identification.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
Know your common North American junipers.
Things you need to know about juniper trees in North America
Estimate a Tree’s Age Without Cutting it...
There are ways to estimate a tree's age without cutting it or taking a core sample. Noninvasive measurements of any tree can get you an acceptable age estimate for forest-grown trees.
10 Trees Homeowners Regret Planting
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Here are 10 trees you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal or landscape problems.
How to Identify Leaf Shape, Margin, and Venation
Leaf structure and arrangement is unique to every tree species. Understanding a tree leaf's shape, arrangement, margin and venation is important to tree taxonomists.
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
Converting Units of Wood Measurement
Approximate Conversions of the Most Common Units of Wood Measure. Here is a list of common wood conversion factors foresters, loggers and timber owners need on occasion.
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
Identify Common American Sycamore - The Major...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying sycamore or Platanus occidentalis. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
How to Identify Trees in the Winter
Use this resource to Identify Dormant Trees with Buds and Twigs | Winter Tree Identification
Learn more about this strange but interesting...
Identify and manage the mysterious Monkey Puzzle tree and learn how unique the tree is. It has a broad range to grow but is native to just a small spot in South America.
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
A portable sawmill is perfect for salvaging...
There are hundreds of companies selling portable sawmills and parts. Begin your mill purchase here.
It takes work to entirely kill some trees...
Trees can be killed and removed without herbicides or chemicals but extra time, patience, and understanding of tree anatomy is necessary.
Know the difference between the similar...
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
Saucer Magnolia
Saucer Magnolia | Japanese Magnolia | Tulip Tree
Understanding the North American cedars and...
If tree foliage is a scale-like leaf, then you're probably dealing with a conifer or evergreen that is in the cedar or juniper family.
Chainsaw FAQs
Here are answers to many questions asked by people planning to buy and operate a chainsaw. This Fequently Asked Questions page on chainsaw addresses the most common concerns about purchasing and maintaining a chainsaw.
Best Trees to Plant on Your Street
The following best trees offer tolerance to compacted, infertile soils and the general environment found in cities and along streets. Best street and sidewalk trees are also considered to be the most adaptable of all trees to the urban environment.
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
This brittle, soft tree with horrible traits...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying hackberry or Celtis occidentalis. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Maps of where tree species are naturally most...
The locations of broad types of forest cover by tree types according to frequency of occurrence in the native range.
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
What Causes Wildfires?
Here is a history of natural wildfire's beginning and chemistry necessary for combustion. Included are the common causes of forest fires and how they spread.
Finding the Best Wood for Quality Heating
Learn how wood burns and how to use wood for heating. Find the best tree species for burning as determined by ease of preparation and heating values.
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Here are the common North American hickory...
Hickory is a prolific nut producer and major tree species in North America. Hickory is critical for healthy wildlife habitats and an important commercial wood product.
Did You Know You Can Identify Winter Trees By...
Learn how to properly recognize and name common dormant tree species mainly in Eastern North America in this beginner's guide.
The most common forest insect pests
An index of common harmful tree insects taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
Trees need pruning for 3 reasons you might not...
Crown reduction pruning is most often used when a tree has grown too large for its permitted space. This method, sometimes called drop crotch pruning, is preferred to topping because it results in a more natural appearance. Here is how you do it.
The worthy Eastern Hemlock, its beauty and its...
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Use Leyland Cypresses Carefully in Your Landscape
Managing Leyland Cypress trees are beautiful but need proper planting and pruning, careful landscape considerations and have certain pest concerns.
What to do now with your Norfolk Island Pine...
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Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The major differences in hardwood and conifer...
How to identify a hardwood tree versus the identification of softwood trees. Here are some differences between hardwood trees and softwood trees.
Red Maple is a popular tree to plant.
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting red maple.
Common oaks further explained by biology and...
Things you need to know about oak trees in North America, including their forms, identification markers, name groups and regeneration.
Tree wood and their heating properties listed...
Heating properties of firewood by species listed in order of density and the ability to produce the most heat.
Here are the five best wood species for heating...
You will get the best results and more heat per wood volume when burning the highest density (heaviest) wood you can find. Dense firewood will produce the
The best and worst wood to use for firewood...
Here are the best and worst firewood species for burning rated by BTUs and density.
Entering the forestry profession
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
What you need to know about forest measurements.
Brief rules on measuring wood and their using weight, log scales and converting factors.
Hybrid poplar has a place for your planting but...
A quick review of benefits and problems associated with hybrid poplar.
Yellow poplar is an excellent tree for forest...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting yellow poplar or tulip tree.
Moving a tree subjects the plant to biologic...
Trees that are moved and relocated are always in danger of transplant shock. Here are ways to limit the danger of harm to relocated trees.
Eastern White Pine, the only 5-needled pine in...
Eastern White Pine is a common forest tree in higher elevations of eastern North American forests.
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
7 tips for avoiding future ice damage to your...
There are things you can do to make snow and ice less damaging. Here are Ways to Ice and Snow Proof Your Trees.
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
Here is what you need to know when buying an...
The right extension cord, bar maintenance and storage is important for when operating an electric chainsaw. How to buy and operate your new saw.
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
Black oak is not popularly planted but...
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
Use Anatomy to Identify Trees
Tree anatomy, including leaf shape and twig parts, helps you identify and name tree species. Knowing a tree's physiology will help with identification.
Smokey Bear's Wildflowers Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 3.
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
Only plant pin oak if you have enough room.
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Here are 10 trees you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal.
Thinking about selling your yard trees, then...
Many yard trees are for sale at the right price but buyers are hard to find. Here is the realistic approach to marketing trees for sale in the yard.
Dogwood is a favorite tree and works well for...
Dogwood is one of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting flowering dogwood or Cornus florida.
Fig tree propagation and
Fig is the oldest fruit to be cultivated in ancient Jordan. The spreading tree is easily propagated by cuttings, grows a delicious and abundant fruit throughout the United States.
Tree Wellness Quiz
  Tree Wellness Quiz Are you prepared to plant and rear a healthy tree?   << More Quizzes >>                        
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
What is the best tree for me to plant in my yard?
Frequently asked questions on planting and best trees to plant.
Woodpeckers peck bark for food but trees can...
Woodpecker and Sapsucker Tree Problems - How to Control Woodpecker Damage
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key
Condensed tutorial on the "old south" tree...
How to Manage and ID Live Oak or Quercus Virginiana
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaws
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
Identify and Manage Hazardous Tree Defects and...
Dead wood and tree cracks, the first of seven high-risk tree defects! Page 3.
Try to work with exposed existing tree roots...
Tree roots that grow on the surface are difficult to mow or walk over and can effect the growth and health of nearby grass and groundcovers. Here are tips on protecting that tree from root damage.
'Chanticleer' Callery Pear - The Flowering Pears
Chanticleer callery pear was selected Urban Tree of the Year for 2005 as determined by responses to an annual survey in arborist magazine City Trees.
How hormones, sex and sunshine can ensure a...
Trees anticipate their complicated process of life by the use of hormones and millions of years of genetic trial and error.
Sycamore is one of my recommended trees to plant.
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting American sycamore.
Is There a World's Smallest Tree Species?
World's Smallest Tree. Forestry.
River birch cultivars are recommended in the...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting river birch.
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery - Photos of Dormant Winter Tree Markers
African Rainforest
Review the 38 Countries with African rainforests, the rain forest issues, resources and threats to the afrotropical rainforest.
Find Forestry Jobs
A quick summary of forestry jobs career and employment and what you might be doing as a forester or resource professional.
How photosynthesis feeds a tree while assuring...
A major photosynthetic sugar factory is the tree. Photosynthesis and trees are synonymous and a leaf is the engine. Photosynthesis provides us with both food and oxygen and is the ultimate necessary process insuring our survival on this planet.
Oaks are one of the most popular yard tree in...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting a red or white oak.
Eastern Redcedar, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Redcedar, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
This ash-leaved maple is loved on tree-growing...
Boxelder is not a recommended tree to plant in your yard. Still it has many desirable qualities to keep it in the landscape including unique leaf and seed qualities and colorful cultivars.
Red maple and cultivars are eagerly planted in...
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
Neem Tree - Azadirachta indica
The all-purpose, do everything Neem Tree explained and health uses highlighted.
Developing a Forest Land Hunting Lease
Demands are high for hunting land and forests to lease for hunting lease if you allow wild or released game hunting on your property. Here is a step-by-step guide on preparing a hunting lease for an individual or hunting club that protects both the hunter (lessee) and the property owner (lessor).
Paulownia is a tree with an attractive history...
A royal paulownia tree guide and review; how to plant, grow and market the empress princess tree.
A Tree's Importance and Environmental Benefit
Trees have importance and value beyond being a valuable crop. A tree's benefit includes sound abatement, oxygen production, shade and protection from soil erosion.
Trees that cause allergy, trees that don't
Here are trees you need to avoid if you have allergies and asthma. Page 2.
Foresters are hired by 3 major employer...
Get a quick summary of the forestry job market and what you might be doing as a forester or resource professional
The 5 Most Common Native Maples in North America
Maples are one of the most important American hardwood species. This tree species is in the genus Acer, loved in the landscape and a preferred wood for harvest.
Sample Timber Sale Contract Template
Here is a sample timber sale contract. Please use only as a reference. You are encouraged to customize every timber sale contract to fit the situation.
The Tropical Rainforest - Questions and Answers
A complete overview of the tropical rainforest, rain forest health, tropical rainforest habitat and these forest's importance to our earth.
Redbud can me messy but still a keeper in the...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting Redbud.
Find balanced and uneven lobed tree leaves.
Hardwood trees like sassafras and mulberry have unbalanced lobes. Most other lobed tree leaves are considered to have evenly or balanced lobes.
Smokey's Fungi
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 10.
Trees transport 1,000 gallons of water for...
Trees use massive amounts of water through the process of transpiration for the benifit of themselves and the Earth.
The most common herbicides used for woody plant...
Herbicides are one tool used by foresters to improve the forest condition and to eliminate woody stem competition to both managed commercial and protected forests. Here are the herbicides used.
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
How Much Oxygen Do Trees Make
Trees make oxygen in amounts that contribute to its availability to humans. There are questions as to how much oxygen is available to humans that is tree produced
Top Online Tree Seedling Sources
Here is a review with links of the top 5 tree seedling sources online.
True poplars are a blessing in tree deprived...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
Red Pine, An Important Tree in North America
Pinus resinosa, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Beautiful golden rain-tree is a traffic-stopper...
Golden rain-tree is an excellent landscape tree for warm climates. Learn the tree's habit and how to plant, prune and display as a yard specimen.
Chinkquapin, is a small southern tree ignored...
The common chinkapin, a nut-bearing relative of American chestut, is highly prized as a prolific seed producer of edible and tasty nuts. The tree is also very valuable to breeders in developing blight resistant chestnuts.
A Tree Leaf Identification Quiz
A Tree Leaf Identification Quiz on Common North American Trees
When is Arbor Day in Your State?
Arbor Day calendar listing by state tells you when Arbor Day is
Top 6 Tree Identification Guides Reviewed
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
Sugar pine is the most beautiful, tallest and...
Sugar Pine, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
3 Ways a Tree Grows Large and Tall.
Learn about the basics of tree growth, including bark, root and bud growth, and why the overwhelming portion of all trees is made up of non-living tissue.
Northern white-cedar - 100 Most Common Trees
Northern white-cedar or Thuja occidentalis or arborvitae
Birch is a common tree and favorite in the...
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
Red cedar is the most common conifer in the...
Red cedar, the most widely distributed conifer in the eastern United States grows a desirable wood at maturity and is a favorite tree in the landscape.
Smokey's Edibles
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 13.
Identify A Tree Game - Guess Names of Over 40...
Pick a letter to find a tree - Hangman Style!: north american trees game hangman names of trees content tree tree game
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus

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