Traitaut 6 Trees Every Survivalist Should Know & Why – Now is a good time to go out and flag the following six trees before the leaves drop (except the pine). Revisit them in the winter and learn how to ID them by the bark alone. Then again in the Spring with the buds and new leaves. White birch is easy to identify with its distinctive, white, papery bark. White birch survival uses: Sweet drinkable sap that does not need purificationContainers can be fashioned from the bark (and even canoes – hence the name “canoe birch”)It’s papery bark makes some of the finest fire starting tender on the planet, which will light even when damp because of its resinous qualityA fine tea can be made from the small twigs at the end of a branch or by shaving the bark from new growth. The American basswood (also called American linden) is a very common tree – especially in the Eastern U.S. Basswood survival uses: Delicious edible leaves – especially in spring“Bass” comes from the word “bast,” which is an old word for rope. White pine survival uses:
Clés de forêt ISU Forestry Extension - Trees of Iowa: An Interactive Key This interactive dichotomous tree key was developed to help identify the most common trees in Iowa. The key is based on vegetative characteristics such as leaves, twigs, fruits, and bark. It is not a complete key. It does not include all trees grown in Iowa. The proper use of the key may be compared to the use of road signs where a choice of two directions must be made at each intersection. If at the end, the solution does not match the specimen, one can usually identify a point in the process where the choice of direction was in doubt. Acknowledgements: Some of the pictures on these web pages are from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Trees and Shrubs Pocket Guide, The Sibley Guide to Trees, and Forestry Images.
GFIS Newsletter From the GFIS Partners European Commission urged to release the EU Forest Strategy Peering Through the Haze: What Data Can Tell Us About the Fires in Indonesia - See more at: EFI: European forest related organisations are seriously concerned that the European Commission has delayed publishing the new EU Forest Strategy. Panama: Researchers produce the most accurate carbon map for an entire countryMongabay: Using satellite imagery and extremely high-resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data from airplane-based sensors, a team led by Greg Asner produced a detailed carbon map across the Central American country's forests. New light on causes of ash declineNBForest: The accelerating decline of Fraxinus excelsior in Europe has been a mystery. Access more forest-related news via www.gfis.net - Your gateway to forest information.