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Forestry: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
The best 10 tree species for planting in large...
Here are ten of the best, most popular and important trees to consider planting in your yard.
Top 5 sawmills that use a chainsaw or small motor
Chainsaw mills are inexpensive and appealing access is limited. Portable chainsaw mills usually run off a framework constructed around the log you cut.
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.
Easily Identify Common U.S. Hardwood Trees...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 brief but concise explanation of the causes...
A history of natural wildfire's beginning and chemistry necessary for combustion. Included are the common causes of forest fires and how they spread.
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.
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
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
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.
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.
Some Great 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.
Learn the Basics of Tree Structure
Learning a tree's botanical parts is useful for tree owners forest managers. Also, use these tree parts and markers to make a positive tree identification.
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.
A portable sawmill is perfect for salvaging...
There are hundreds of companies selling portable sawmills and parts. Begin your mill purchase here by reviewing mill types and accessories​.
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.
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.
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.
Think again before using old motor oil as a...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
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.
Know your common North American junipers.
The common Juniper, is a species in the genus Juniperus, in the family Cupressaceae. It has one of the largest ranges of woody plants in the World.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What to do now with your Norfolk Island Pine...
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Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
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.
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
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.
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
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.
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.
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.
Estimate Tree Age Without Cutting it Down
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.
Growing a hickory or pecan from seed.
Collecting and preparing a pecan or hickory nut to grow from seed is relatively easy but needs to be done correctly. This resource shows you how to prepare and properly germinate a pecan or hickory nut.
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.
There is only one native beech in North...
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
Know the difference between the similar...
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
How to Identify Trees in the Winter
Use this resource to Identify Dormant Trees with Buds and Twigs | Winter Tree Identification
A popular small chainsaw and an arborist...
This small Stihl chainsaw is one of the most popular limbing and trimming saws used by arborists. I recommend it as a first saw for the casual user.
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American basswood linden is an exceptional tree. Food for wildlife, a beautiful landscape tree, a favorite honey tree and excellent wood for carving.
The best and worst wood to use for firewood...
Here are the best and worst firewood species for burning rated by BTUs and density.
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.
Woodpeckers peck bark for food but trees can...
Woodpecker and Sapsucker Tree Problems - How to Control Woodpecker Damage
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 Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
The most common forest insect pests in North...
An index of common harmful tree insects taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
Red maple and cultivars are eagerly planted in...
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
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.
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.
Birch is a common tree and favorite in the...
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
Forest Tree Seed Production
The production of tree seed is dependent on a tree species' inherited characteristics of fruitfulness and environmental adaptability.
When And Where Do Wildfires Occur?
Forest fire is common in places around the world where climates are moist enough to allow the growth of trees and shrubs, but have extended dry, hot
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.
A top planted tree in the urban landscape but...
Pin oak is a popular tree to plant in urban settings. One of the most planted trees in New York City, the non-cultivar oak does need pruning and space.
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
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.
The identification characteristics of black...
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
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.
This brittle, soft hackberry with horrible...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying hackberry or Celtis occidentalis. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
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.
5 major causes of the eventual death of a tree.
Trees that reach maturity have the genetic potential to live over a century. Some species can live for many centuries. Most trees never reach that potential and are killed by environmental factors, insects and disease and catastrophe. Here are the ways trees die.
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
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.
An attempt to assign common characteristics to...
Understanding forest ecology is necessary before a forest ecosystem can be defined accurately. Forest ecosystems are hard to describe even when using modern tools and concepts.
Trees need pruning for 3 reasons you might not...
Pruning a tree will produce strong, healthy, attractive plants. Here is a tutorial and illustrated guide on how, why and when to prune a tree - plus a few simple pruning tips.
The common diseased you will find on a hardwood...
I have compiled most common hardwood tree diseases and pathogens found on trees including oak maple elm ash hickory sycamore in the yard and forest. You can do a lot to prevent and control tree disease on species to include elm oak maple sycamore and ash. Here is how.
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.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
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.
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
A Hardwood Tree and How It Grows
How a tree grows is biologically explained by how its parts work to make tree growth possible.
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.
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.
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.
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 is what you need to know when buying an...
Things you need to consider when purchasing and operating an electric chainsaw.
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key
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).
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.
3 harvest methods that insure regeneration of...
A description of uneven-age harvest methods that include single tree and group selection harvests. How low forest regeneration is used.
Inside information on a forester's salary and...
Get a quick summary of the forestry job market and what you might expect to earn as a forester or resource professional career.
Is There a World's Smallest Tree Species?
World's Smallest Tree. Forestry.
Here are answered questions about beginning a...
Entering and completing a forestry career can be one of the most rewarding things a person can do if you know what you are getting into, can accept hard entry level work and have a true love of forests and nature. Here are frequently asked questions I receive about becoming a forester in North America.
The trees that cause allergy, the trees that...
Tree allergies caused by pollen can be crippling. Here are pollen producing trees you need to avoid and the trees you can live next to...
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.
Sycamores are easy to grow. More seed...
Collecting and preparing a sycamore to grow from seed is relatively easy but needs to be done correctly. This resource shows you how to prepare and properly germinate a sycamore seed.
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery - Photos of Dormant Winter Tree Markers
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.
Entering the forestry profession
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
How to Identify Common American Sycamore
A walk-through description and guide to identifying sycamore or Platanus occidentalis. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Condensed tutorial on the "old south" tree...
How to Manage and ID Live Oak or Quercus Virginiana
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
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.
The catalpa tree is host to a great fishing bait.
A catalpa tree is a beautiful tree, a wood product but is also a source of food for the fish-loving catalpa caterpillar.
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.
Controlling the most common diseases of conifers
I have compiled the most common conifer tree diseases and pathogens found on trees including pine hemlock spruce fir in the yard and forest. You can do a lot to prevent and control tree disease on species to include spruce pine fir and cedar. Here is how.
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.
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.
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.
True poplars are a blessing in tree deprived...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
Quick but complete tree pruning in 9 steps with...
Tree pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Here is a quick guide of methods on how to prune trees.
Portable Sawmill Types
Interview with a saw mill consultant on types of portable sawmills.
Tree Wellness Quiz
Take our tree health and wellness quiz to see if you are prepared to plant and rear a tree
The best tree ID guides available in print.
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
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.
Cutting a forest, when done correctly, insures...
Proper tree harvesting is associated with one of these specific methods. The perfect harvest always ensures adequate regeneration for a future forest.
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
Smokey Bear's Wildflowers Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 3.
Find Forestry Jobs
A quick summary of forestry jobs career and employment and what you might be doing as a forester or resource professional.
Twig Anatomy for Tree Identification
How to visually recognize and name common dormant tree species mainly in Eastern North America by using tree twigs and a tree twig key.
How To Correctly Transplant a Tree Seedling
Here are methods you can use to transplant natural and containerized tree seedlings. Learn how to move a tree seedling or sapling.
The worthy Eastern Hemlock, its beauty and its...
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Identify the Firs
Identify the Firs - The Important American Conifers - The Important Firs
Keeping your tree safe and sound for 10 years.
Healthy trees need a maintenance schedule that lasts well into its first decade, especially those in the urban landscape. Here is what you should do to water, mulch,
10 Bad Things You Do To Trees
The ten most harmful things you can do to a tree you are growing. Listed in order of the most common problems. First: Staking and mulching. Page 1 of 10.
Using Botanical Markers and Tree Characteristic...
How to visually recognize and name common dormant tree species mainly in Eastern North America by using tree characteristics and botanical markers
The most commercially important native cherry...
Identify Black Cherry - The Important American Hardwoods - Prunis serotina
You might be surprised at how much of a tree is...
Just 1% of a tree is actually alive and composed of living cells. Find out the importance of the non-living tree cells.
Black walnut has a fascinating history as a...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying black walnut or Juglans nigra. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Tapping into tree sap and making your own maple...
How to collect sap and make syrup from your mature sugar maples. Review these sugarbush management suggestions to start a maple sap harvesting operation.
The Oldest, Tallest, Most Massive Plants on Earth
Some trees are the most massive living things and certainly the largest plants on earth. Several tree species also live longer than any other terrestrial organism.
Eastern Redcedar, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Redcedar, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Sweetgum is a common forest and landscape tree...
The Important American Hardwoods - Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua
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.
These circumpolar junipers are the most common...
Common juniper is a commonly hardy shrub that grows under certain conditions to tree size. It can also grow as a dwarf on dry, rocky mountain slopes.
A complete list of links to American National...
State by State Headquarters of National Forests in the United States
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
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