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by Ranger Dan
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Post Here First - Introduce Yourself
Topic: Intro from Western NC
Replies: 11
Views: 2553

Re: Intro from Western NC

Hi Cindy- Delighted to have a new member on board posting interesting picutres! It's been a while since we've seen pics from folks in the Smokies. It is my "spiritual homeland", and I've spent many a day squirreling around off-trail there myself, since 1976, so I loved seeing your picture and witnes...
by Ranger Dan
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: New York
Topic: Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area
Replies: 13
Views: 1612

Re: Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area

Image number 4 is yellow mandarin, Disporum languinosum. Solomon's-seal is unbranched and has nearly-black berries. False Solomon's-seal is also unbranched and has a terminal cluster of red berries.
by Ranger Dan
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Washington
Topic: Washington's Tallest Tree Confirmed
Replies: 15
Views: 3380

Re: Washington's Tallest Tree Confirmed

About the Green River site that was mentioned...it woke me from my long slumber. Yes, I am still lurking in the background. My last year as a ranger with the Gifford Pinchot was 2006, and I have not been back. However, I do remember posting about this stand of ancient trees, and hoped that someone w...
by Ranger Dan
Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Tree Species, Families and Identification
Topic: Logging Photo, White Pine?
Replies: 4
Views: 1359

Re: Logging Photo, White Pine?

Looks like a Sierra Nevada forest to me. Ceanothus brush, trees on the right and far left are true firs, most likely white; dropping limbs on the tall tree on the left are characteristic of sugar pine (albeit lacking large pendulous cones), which is one guess for the tree being cut. However, this wo...
by Ranger Dan
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: California
Topic: Coast Redwood vs Giant Sequoia
Replies: 36
Views: 6552

Re: Coast Redwood vs Giant Sequoia

Gaines- Regarding your question about Round Meadow: I was there a few years ago, and to the best of my recollection, it now has a pristine appearance. I believe that the only buildings in the Giant Foreat are a rustic visitor center and a few restrooms. The restoration that has been done there is wo...
by Ranger Dan
Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:56 am
Forum: California
Topic: Coast Redwood vs Giant Sequoia
Replies: 36
Views: 6552

Re: Coast Redwood vs Giant Sequoia

John, a very beautiful shot of the oak forest in California.
by Ranger Dan
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: California
Topic: Coast Redwood vs Giant Sequoia
Replies: 36
Views: 6552

Re: Coast Redwood vs Giant Sequoia

Wildflowers at Crescent Meadow: I've been there myself a few times on wildflower pilgrimages. The flowers you mention in the pictures are Primula (formerly Dodecatheon) jefferyi, common name Mountain shooting-star; and Bistorta (formerly Polygonum) bistortoides, common names dirty socks and western ...
by Ranger Dan
Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Forest Preservation and Conservation
Topic: HCN: Stop trying to make biking in wilderness happen
Replies: 34
Views: 5711

Re: HCN: Stop trying to make biking in wilderness happen

Joe, I tend to agree with the gist of what you seem to be saying. A lot of those horsemen are real assholes, and they and their horses caused more damage to the land than everybody else combined. Most people have selfish motives in things they do, especially on their day off. Like people in most use...
by Ranger Dan
Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Forest Preservation and Conservation
Topic: HCN: Stop trying to make biking in wilderness happen
Replies: 34
Views: 5711

Re: HCN: Stop trying to make biking in wilderness happen

In the years that I served as a Wilderness Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington state, the issue of wheeled vehicles came up every now and then. Usually this was about bicycle use, but one time I heard of an encounter with someone using a wheeled cart to haul out elk meat. I don't think ...
by Ranger Dan
Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Tennessee
Topic: Shakerag Hollow, TN
Replies: 7
Views: 2111

Calcium in plants and soils

Perhaps I may add some info about the topic of Calcium in soils and plants (but wandering off the original topic of Shakerag Hollow, which is indeed an outstanding example of a diverse and nutrient-rich plant community). Doug, you may find a course in Soils very interesting as I did in college, and ...

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