Tree Hunters Part III

What are the biggest trees in the world?  By biggest I mean tree volume not height.  The Giant Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California have generally been considered the biggest.  But have all the giant trees been found?  My previous posts on Tree Hunters focused on Europe and Eastern United States tree hunters. …

The Butternut

I was reading the June/July 2019 Minnesota Forestry Association Woodlands bulletin.  There was an article on “The Endangered Trees of Minnesota”.  Two species – Butternut and Eastern Hemlock are considered endangered, meaning that they are vulnerable to extinction.  Per the article Butternut is a medium to large hardwood tree with pinnately compound leaves and thick,…

Bettlereiche

Can you pronounce “Bettlereiche”?  I can’t.  Bettlereiche is the name of a tree I visited in Thun, Switzerland.  When planning a May 2019 trip to Germany, France, and Switzerland I explored the Monumental Trees website for a big tree to visit.  I found one in Thun Switzerland which we stayed one night in.  So on…

Tree Hunters Part II

In the USA there is a tree hunter site called the Native Tree Society.  As an aside the Native Tree Society was first the Eastern Native Tree Society.  The acronym for the original was ENTS.  If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings you know what Ents are.  If not google it.  Most…

Tree Hunters Part 1

Big trees are an inspiration to anyone that get’s close to one.  Now of course if you have stood next to a Giant Sequoia in California you realize what I’m talking about.  But even getting up close to a old large Bur Oak or White Pine can give you a similar experience. Did you know…

Stihl MS 461 Chainsaw

Since I was around 15 or 16 years old I have used a chainsaw to cut wood mainly for burning in wood-stoves.  Over that time the chainsaws I have used were mid-line between starter consumer versions and professional saws.  They have served me well for the most part.  But when it comes to cutting up…

Lack Of Courage

When pruning trees in late fall or winter judgement calls have to be made.  The beautiful Chinkapin White Oak pictured below presented just such a judgement call.  With oak trees good practice tells us to prune out “V” type branches in favor of a shape more like an “E”.  One look at the picture below…

Weeding the Woods

The fight against buckthorn is a never ending task.  Buckthorn is the most prevalent invasive species in Southeast Minnesota woodlands.  I would estimate that 85 percent of my woods (about 30 acres) is buckthorn free.  To keep it that way I “weed the woods” with a tool called the Extractigator which is pictured above.  With…

Oak Tree Growth

After a busy planting season here in Southern Minnesota I am back to blogging.  I want to provide some information about Oak trees.  If you ask someone about oak trees you will likely hear how slow growing they are.  Now the deer habitat improvement community knows better and are familiar with hybrid oaks.  Most hybrid…

Planting Corkscrew Willow

Every spring for the last 5 years we have planted Corkscrew Willows along the banks of our creek and river.  The featured picture show the stump of a Corkscrew Willow which we cut down 5 years ago.  Every year the tree grows multiple suckers from the stump.  This isn’t uncommon for trees and in Europe…