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This time of year, I travel a lot. Although my official place of residence is in Georgia, I typically drive to the Pacific Northwest every summer to work on forest inventory jobs. The weather is ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 275 comments on Tue Sep 30, 2014 at 05:30 AM PDT with 475 Recommends
This diary represents a departure from my usual writings. Some topics are not cheerful to write about. Far be it from me to discourage readers, but if you are not in the mood to be depressed today, ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 203 comments on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 02:46 PM PST with 185 Recommends
Some of you have been wondering what's become of me, as I have made relatively few appearances lately. Today is a rare day off for me, and it gives me a chance to tell you what I've been doing. ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 92 comments on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM PDT with 120 Recommends
Today’s email included a passionate plea from CREDO. A company called ArborGen, Inc. is developing genetically modified pine seedlings, and CREDO wants me to sign a petition to save the planet ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 437 comments on Fri Feb 13, 2015 at 04:56 PM PST with 116 Recommends
The photo diary that I posted slightly more than a week ago featured plenty of pictures taken on bright sunny days (link, in case you missed it... Idaho Photo Diary #1 ). When you are in the ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 78 comments on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 05:16 AM PDT with 96 Recommends
Invasive species draw the wrath of many of us who care about the natural world. For residents of the southern states, Chinese privet is probably the most despised plant of all. It certainly is mine. ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 84 comments on Sat May 04, 2013 at 09:17 AM PDT with 87 Recommends
A not quite 100-acre wood sits directly across from my house, literally a stone's throw from my front porch (I'm not on Pooh corner, but given the amount of manure I manage, I suppose it's a good ...
by Elizaveta
Comment Count 50 comments on Sun Apr 13, 2014 at 04:41 PM PDT with 72 Recommends
My work is seldom boring. Sure, there is plenty of repetition in what I do. But there is something different about every patch of woods. Sometimes it’s the trees themselves. Sometimes it’s the ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 74 comments on Sat May 10, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT with 66 Recommends
I have mentioned in passing that I regularly use GPS in the woods. Today, without going into information overload, I will show some examples of what I do. There are two basic uses for GPS in the ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 108 comments on Sat Jan 03, 2015 at 09:37 AM PST with 65 Recommends
I was recently in the audience of a young ideologue. The child said that one of the things that had troubled him about his ideology (anarcho-capitalism) was the lack of environmental protection. ...
by James Allen
Comment Count 84 comments on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM PST with 64 Recommends
About a year ago, I began writing down some of the things that I have encountered in my forestry career. Most days are mundane, and one day runs into the next as far as memories are concerned. A ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 46 comments on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 09:08 AM PDT with 60 Recommends
My forestry field work gives me the opportunity to see land that is off the beaten path, away from the bustling cities, and sometimes far removed from public roads. Sometimes I can work all day ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 67 comments on Thu Mar 19, 2015 at 08:01 AM PDT with 54 Recommends
Let's start with a quiz. You are making your way through the Florida woods, wading through hip-deep palmettos. Directly in front of you is this scene. There is something that should make you very, ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 65 comments on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 05:00 AM PST with 46 Recommends
This is a quamash (camas) meadow. You can see the life-giving camas plants as the violet-blue flowers. The major tree species are the sacred oak ( Quercus alba and other spp. ) and madrone ( ...
by Nulwee
Comment Count 26 comments on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 01:11 PM PST with 46 Recommends
John Edwards made the kind of speech in Missoula, Montana on Tuesday that can put Montana back on the list of possible Democratic pick-ups for the 2008 US Presidential Race. As a native born ...
by Hoomai29
Comment Count 15 comments on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 10:26 AM PDT with 45 Recommends
In my recent travels across Nevada, Utah, and Colorado, I passed through many miles of arid, high elevation country that barely sees enough precipitation to grow trees. This is the home of pinyon ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 84 comments on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 05:30 AM PST with 43 Recommends
The highways of Nevada tend to follow valleys. They seem to stretch on endlessly across monotonous land, and many travelers continue towards their final destinations without stopping. Beyond ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 48 comments on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM PST with 39 Recommends
From time to time, I mention the umbrella magnolia (Magnolia tripetala) in my back yard. It even earned its own diary a year ago. When I'm in the yard, I can't help but notice the enormous leaves. ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 83 comments on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:36 AM PDT with 38 Recommends
The southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) has many fine qualities. During the winter, the large shiny evergreen leaves brighten the landscape. Come springtime, new growth includes showy white ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 39 comments on Tue May 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM PDT with 37 Recommends
For the past three weeks, I have been doing forestry work in the Idaho panhandle, not far from Coeur d'Alene, and also near Spokane, Washington. I've been close enough to those cities to enjoy the ...
by foresterbob
Comment Count 39 comments on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 04:30 AM PDT with 35 Recommends