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Vernal Pools are Springing Up

Painted Turtle (Photo: Gary Shackelford)

                My original assignment for this article was to write another wildlife monitoring piece. With the weather warming up though, my mind was wandering to the greener side of things. I’ve seen some green poking through the soil, so instead I’m going to talk about a specific type of wildlife habitat, what wildlife might use it, and how to monitor.

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What’s in your woods this month?

snow track (Photo credit: Kris Tiles)

Brrrr, I am shivering as I sit down to write this month’s blog post. Many kudos to you who have headed out in your woods these last few days.  My skis and snow shoes are beckoning me, and I see some 20’s and 30’s on the horizon, so may have my chance soon. For those of you who do enjoy the beauty of your woods in the winter, this post is for you. This month, we are going to talk about tracking animals that use your woods in the winter.

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Tracking Changes to Your Trees and Woods: Seeing the forest through the trees

This post is the third in a series about watching your trees grow over time. In our first post, we talked about how to identify trees. In the second post, we talked about measuring individual trees, including diameter, height and site index. It’s time to look at your woods as a whole, by putting all those pieces together.

Tracking Changes to Your Trees and Woods: Measuring growth

In previous posts, we recommended that landowners get out into their woods to keep an eye on any changes that might be taking place, whether that be changes to the health of your trees or boundary problems. We also suggested you keep track of physical changes to your trees by watching them grow and change over time. First we gave you some tools to identify the trees in your woods.  This month’s post will introduce ways you can measure the growth of individual trees.

Tree Identification: terms you should know

What is this tree?

     In last month’s blog post, we introduced a few ways you can track changes in your woods.  Knowing which trees were, are, and will be part of your woods is one way to watch it grow over time.  When I was a student in my forestry program, Professor Guries would test our tree identification skills by jumping on a stump, and asking us to identify it on our test.  Of course our panic led us to believe this was a ridiculous request, but knowing what trees were on your property can be as important as knowing what is there now.  The best example we have of this is in the case of diseases that

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