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Re: Iceland's Dramatic Landscape

Having visited Iceland within the last decade, and seen portions of the West half of roaded Iceland, I can attest to the paucity of trees. I did have occasion to view one of the few (at that time) forest plantations, and it was looking successful. Here is an obvious opportunity for Iceland to encou...
by PAwildernessadvocate
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:01 am
 
Forum: Iceland
Topic: Iceland's Dramatic Landscape
Comments: 11
Views: 1774

Re: Iceland

The Icelandic Sagas allude to a heavily forested island when the Vikings first arrived. Now Iceland is not heavily forested. However, material and debris uncovered by archeologists have confirmed that the Sagas were likely correct, and that 1,000 years of colonization and use has simply resulted in...
by PAwildernessadvocate
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:45 pm
 
Forum: Iceland
Topic: Iceland's Dramatic Landscape
Comments: 11
Views: 1774

Re: Long Point State Park

Long Point State Park is beautiful.

We launched a "Viking longship" (made out of fiberglass) there last summer!

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by PAwildernessadvocate
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:19 am
 
Forum: New York
Topic: Long Point State Park
Comments: 7
Views: 316

50th Anniversary of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

https://wvhighlands.org/celebrating-50-years Celebrating 50 Years! Planting the Seeds & Helping Them Grow 50 Years of Tending the Environment in West Virginia The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy was officially founded in 1967 but the people and Groups that came together to form the organizat...
by PAwildernessadvocate
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:40 am
 
Forum: Events and Gatherings
Topic: 50th Anniversary of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy
Comments: 0
Views: 341

PSU: Shale gas devel. spurring spread of invasive plants

This most recent Penn State study documents that non-native plants are rapidly invading Pennsylvania's northern forests and establishes a link between new invasions and shale gas development activity. In findings published today (July 20) in the Journal of Environmental Management, researchers show...
by PAwildernessadvocate
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:34 am
 
Forum: Invasive Species and Tree Diseases
Topic: PSU: Shale gas devel. spurring spread of invasive plants
Comments: 0
Views: 183

Re: Norway spruce cones

Still on the subject of Norway spruce, though this doesn't have to do with the cones. This year a young Norway spruce growing in my yard did not produce a new leader for whatever reason. The leader bud just never grew. So a few weeks ago I cut off all but one of the new side whorl branches, figuring...
by PAwildernessadvocate
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:32 pm
 
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Norway spruce cones
Comments: 20
Views: 1015

Re: Old Growth Forest

Old growth forests of Pennsylvania. (The video is from 1999.)

by PAwildernessadvocate
Tue May 09, 2017 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Forest Experiences, Epiphanies, and Philosophies
Topic: Old Growth Forest
Comments: 16
Views: 792

Re: Norway spruce cones

PA wildernessadvocate and NS lovers generally: As for spreading cones on the ground for reproduction, maybe. The big issue is the environment for the seedlings to grow once they germinate. Norway spruce seedlings do not compete well with weeds and grasses--not nearly as well as white pine. But, of ...
by PAwildernessadvocate
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:57 pm
 
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Norway spruce cones
Comments: 20
Views: 1015

Norway spruce cones

If one were to gather many Norway spruce cones off the ground in the fall that generally look like this: 6703176497_e874862c9f_b.jpg Or maybe this (somewhat open): 458fb1d7a450296a3b9413dd1fb2ac70.jpg And then took and randomly and widely broadcast the cones on open ground elsewhere where it is hope...
by PAwildernessadvocate
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:59 am
 
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Norway spruce cones
Comments: 20
Views: 1015

Re: Paleotornadoes

A Memorial Day 1985 tornado leveled about 800 acres of old-growth hemlock-beech in the Tionesta Scenic Area in the Allegheny National Forest. Wouldn't you know it? It just had to target one of the best last old-growth remnants in the east! But that's the luck of the draw.
by PAwildernessadvocate
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:32 am
 
Forum: Weather and Climate
Topic: Paleotornadoes
Comments: 6
Views: 477
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