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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
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
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
Maps displaying locations and conditions...
Current National Wildfire Maps and Condition Reports. The United State's Latest Fire Situation at a Glance - Maps, Reports and Forecasts
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
Know the difference between the similar...
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - 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.
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.
Know your common North American junipers.
Things you need to know about juniper trees in North America
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.
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
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.
How to Identify Trees in the Winter
Use this resource to Identify Dormant Trees with Buds and Twigs | Winter Tree Identification
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.
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 American Ginseng
Here are tips and botanical markers used to identify American ginseng along with methods to age the plant.
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
What you need to know about forest measurements.
Brief rules on measuring wood and their using weight, log scales and converting factors.
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.
Norfolk pine takes minimal light and water, an...
Norfolk-island Pine is a tall conifer, grows outside in sub tropic conditions but is a favorite inside plant that is easy to maintain.
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.
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.
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.
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 Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Tamarisk - A Noxious Western Tree
The saltcedar tree is degrading the rarest of habitats in the desert southwest - the wetlands. Salt cedar has invaded springs, ditches and streambanks in nearly all western states.
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.
Entering the forestry profession
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
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.
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
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.
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.
The best and worst wood to use for firewood...
Here are the best and worst firewood species for burning rated by BTUs and density.
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.
Is There a World's Smallest Tree Species?
World's Smallest Tree. Forestry.
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
Black oak is not popularly planted but...
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
True poplars are a blessing in tree deprived...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
A tree burl is fascinating biology as well...
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.
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.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaws
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
Filing the taxes on your timber sale
Five points to remember when preparing your Federal income tax if you have a timber account.
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.
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.
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery - Photos of Dormant Winter Tree Markers
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.
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.
Find Forestry Jobs
A quick summary of forestry jobs career and employment and what you might be doing as a forester or resource professional.
Lower your chances of timber theft by doing 3...
Stealing Trees: Three Methods a Thief May Use - Knowing how trees are stolen will help you prevent timber theft
The worthy Eastern Hemlock, its beauty and its...
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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.
Condensed tutorial on the "old south" tree...
How to Manage and ID Live Oak or Quercus Virginiana
The Alex Shigo 3 step method of tree limb...
Here is Dr. Alex Shigo's method of tree pruning. Shigo suggests using three cuts in removing limbs during a tree pruning operation.
Smokey's Fungi
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 10.
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.
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.
Smokey's Edibles
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 13.
Tree Wellness Quiz
  Tree Wellness Quiz Are you prepared to plant and rear a healthy tree?   << More Quizzes >>                        
Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
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.
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
The oldest, tallest, most massive plants on...
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.
Birch is a common tree and favorite in the...
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
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.
Aspen Tree - One of the 100 Most Common North...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying the aspen tree or Populus tremuloides. Find out more about the aspen tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Eastern Redcedar, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Redcedar, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
Top Online Tree Seedling Sources
Here is a review with links of the top 5 tree seedling sources online.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
Smokey Bear's Wildflowers Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 3.
Top 6 Tree Identification Guides Reviewed
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
White oak is a major timber tree and landscapin...
White Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
What is the best tree for me to plant in my yard?
Frequently asked questions on planting and best trees to plant.
Hybrid poplar has a place for your planting but...
A quick review of benefits and problems associated with hybrid poplar.
Red maple and cultivars are eagerly planted in...
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
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.
Smokey's Tracks
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 14.
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 identification characteristics of black...
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
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.
There is only one native beech in North...
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
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.
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.
Bur Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Bur Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
Smokey's Lizards
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 11.
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
Post oak is a blessing to the prairie states.
Post Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Finding the perfect wood burning system to heat...
A first review and primer on conventional fireplaces, convection fireplaces, stove and furnace units for home heating with wood.
Pruning Your Crapemyrtle
Crape myrtle flowers on new growth of the season, so you can prune plants any time during the late winter
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.
Southern Red Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Southern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Consider Planting American Holly in Your Yard
Consider planting American holly. I've picked Ilex Opaca as one of the ten best trees you can plant in your yard.
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.
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.
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