Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:58 pm
Hi. In way of introduction, this is Dennis Crowe from northwest Wisconsin. I am a retired teacher (English and science) with an enduring personal connection to trees, starting as I recall from a long-ago National Geographic article on bristlecone pines, whose age and appearance really caught my attention. When I moved to the Oregon coast for a couple years in the 60's I started working through a tree id book, collecting conifer cones, and generally getting immersed. For the last 36 years or so my wife and family have been homesteading 79 acres, about 20 acres of which are mixed hardwoods. We have select cut and milled 5 times over the years, and most of our buildings are made of this lumber. The diversity here amazes me, with 17 native tree species in that 20 acres. When we did a milling about 6 years ago, there were 11 species represented in about 40 logs. When cutting firewood (two stoves) and logging we select for sugar maple to develop our sugar bush (up to about 250 taps, including a lot of red maple). This location (around 45 degree latitude has traditionally been Zone 3, but we're only 10 miles north of the tension zone, and last year's update of climate zones puts us in Zone 4b. We are starting to plant Zone 4 trees and fruit. I am trying to figure out how to get (pay for) a rangefinder and clinometer to start measuring trees. I have several in mind, locally including some white pine and a massive burr oak on a neighboring farm, and some trees in northeast Minnesota, which we visit often. ENTS is a great addition to my interests and I hope to make some positive contributions.