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  1. abo4ster

    abo4ster Banned Member Banned

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    The following are online Tree/Plant resources I have used in the past that may be helpful to you...


    General Info and ID
    USDA Plants Database
    http://plants.usda.gov/
    Silvics of North America
    http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/table_of_contents.htm
    Virginia Tech Dendrology
    http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/factsheets.cfm
    Wildflowers of U.S.
    http://uswildflowers.com/
    Southeastern Flora
    http://www.southeasternflora.com/SearchForm.asp
    Trees of Southeast (includes quizzes)
    https://fp.auburn.edu/sfws/samuelson/dendrology/
    Desert USA
    http://www.desertusa.com/flora.html
    Weed ID (eastern U.S.)
    http://www.ppws.vt.edu/weedindex.htm
    Pacific Northwest
    http://oregonstate.edu/trees/
    Michigan, Wisconsin, and surrounding area...
    http://forestry.msu.edu/extension/ExtDocs/idents.htm
    Arizona
    http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/pages/arizona-plants.htm#plants of arizona
    http://www.nazflora.org/index.html
    Desert Plants of Utah
    http://www.ut.nrcs.usda.gov/despub.pdf
    Utah Trees
    http://forestry.usu.edu/htm/treeid/
    Red Oak Group vs. White Oak Group
    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=67411


    Identification Keys
    Arbor Day Foundation
    http://www.arborday.org/trees/whatTree/
    Virginia Tech Dendrology
    http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/idit.htm
    Alabama Plants (flowers)
    http://www.alabamaplants.com/
    Florida Selector
    http://lyra.ifas.ufl.edu/FloridaTrees/FloridaTreeIDSelector.swf
    Western U.S.
    http://signsofdissent.com/webbedfeet/tree/treebegin.html
    Pacific Northwest
    http://oregonstate.edu/trees/dichotomous_key.html
    Michigan, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas...
    http://www.for.msu.edu/extension/extdocs/Identkey/opening.htm
    http://www4.uwsp.edu/cnr/leaf/Treekey/tkframe.htm
    Ohio Public Library
    http://www.oplin.org/tree/index.html

    MOBILE APP FOR ID
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.pottssoftware.agps21&hl=en

    Ethnobotany and Uses
    Native American Database
    http://herb.umd.umich.edu/
    Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database
    http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/
    Northeast US Plant Uses
    http://www.nativetech.org/plantgath/plantgaht.htm
    Practical Plants of New England
    http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/Survival/Pages/home.html
    Pacific NW and Canada Foraging
    http://northernbushcraft.com/index.htm


    Wood Technology (ID)
    http://www.swst.org/teach/teach1/woodid1.pdf
    http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/#letterW
    http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/distinguishing-red-oak-from-white-oak/
    http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p2606.pdf


    Wood Technology (Properties)
    http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/pdf1994/winan94a.pdf
    http://www.csudh.edu/oliver/chemdata/woods.htm
    www.wood-database.com
    http://www.woodbin.com/ref/wood/strength_table.htm

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    And while I believe plants are the foundation of survival and bushcraft, I would like to take this opportunity to state that (in my opinion) learning edible plants should not be as high a priority as learning plants for fire, shelter, traps, tools, wildlife use, and medicine.

    Learning wild edibles is great, but takes a long term commitment of learning positive identification, the right part, season, poisonous look-a-likes, etc. If food is of concern, it is far easier to learn a few traps/snares.

    If you want to learn edibles (for survival in particular), a good place to start is getting comfortable with those that are relatively common and easy to identify; cattail, inner pine bark, and acorns from the white oak group.

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    TREE ID 101
    The videos below are to provide a foundation for the beginner to identify native trees with only the aid of a TREE ID book. Specifically, the first video sets-up the second video, Using a Field Guide.

    The reason a Peterson Field Guide for Trees was used in the second video is several fold. First being, it is probably the most popular tree book (ever). Also, it covers a large geography, the eastern and western versions are setup the same way, and it intentionally leaves out as many botanical terms as possible. Enjoy!

    [video=youtube;6_GIHFED6a4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_GIHFED6a4[/video]

    [video=youtube;kUNpfz-38OI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUNpfz-38OI[/video]​

    Tree Identification Part Two: Using a Field Guide - YouTube
     
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    bump!
     
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    Thanks, that is an outstanding list of resources.
     
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    +1 on that ! Thanks Abo4ster
     
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    Looks like a lot of good info there.
     
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    Awesome resources, man! :dblthumb:
    Thanks,
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    abo4ster Banned Member Banned

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    LOL! Thanks for bumping this back-up, I needed the weed ID link and for some reason it wasn't in my favorites anymore.
     
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    Iz MEMBER of a BANNED Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    HA! I thought you just posted this.:eek: I don't know how I missed it the first trip around....glad I caught it this time though.
    Iz
     
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    Thanks Chris for the great list of resources. Lots of good reading material.

    I am not sure if you can use this one, but I ran across this PDF and link concerning Tree Identification from cross sections. It is only 8 pages and has some great pictures and descriptions.

    It might be a great help for trying to ID some of those types of wood that you run across when there is little or no bark, leaves or other characteristics that we would normally use.

    I know I would sure like to be able to ID any kind of tree from just a piece I picked up or sawed thru.

    I know this will bump this and I hope it is not duplicated info, in any case I hope you all enjoy it.

    http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p2606.pdf
     
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    Thanks Myke. Adding a section to the sticky called Wood Technology.
     
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    Just checking out your link for Utah trees, didn't work for me, link was broken, just fyi.
     
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    Link for Michigan area was broken...

    Need more midwest info :(
     
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    Thanks for the info
     
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    Bookmarking . This is great . THnks Arbo .
     
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    The two videos are very informative. I have just started doing some research on field guides. You just opened my eyes as to how they work, answered a lot of questions I had, as well as questions I know I would have had. Thank you for the sharing your knowledge.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. Going to do a redo of those videos condensing into one having someone hold the camera for a change.

    Just about any tree ID class you go to these days the instructor goes over individual species. That's great if you see them over and over. You may 'learn' 20 or more different species in a day, but you realistically you pick up in ID just a couple if that. Teach someone how to use a field guide and the features to help you remember what you are learning and you teach someone "how to fish vs. giving them one."
     
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    This link is dead- any updated information? I'm struggling with my last task for Bushclass (especially uses of desert plants) and could really use this resource.

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    Is there a tree ID database for Europe? Here in Portugal we don't have the same trees.
     
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    great on-line resources. thanks for the post.
     
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    Very worthwhile links!

    In addition, here is what I did today.
    I sent pics and a description of a plant I collected yesterday to my local state Agricultural Extension Service office. These are USDA funded, usually associated with a university, and there is an office in every county in the US, as far as I know.

    My description included the plant's height, habitat in which it was growing in (a receding lake bed), the plants growing nearby (burdock and horseweed), color of the flowers, description of the plant, and where I got it.

    Hopefully I will have an answer. As busy as these agencies tend to be, I expect it will be several days before I hear from them.

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