Forestry Friday … Lodgepole Pine – En Plein Air

One advantage to having a truck for an office, is to take a few minutes in the woods during lunch to engage in a bit of en plein air sketching. En plein air is a french term meaning “in the open air.” It refers to painting or sketching in the outdoors.

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En plein air pen and ink of a lodgepole pine cone.

Here is some of our local lodgepole pine.

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Forestry Friday … Forestry Quiz Question

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A lodgepole pine reaches for the sunshine, as we all should.

This week, Forestry Friday is a forestry quiz question. The question is about tree growth.  This question appeared on the California Professional Foresters Exam about thirty years ago.   Any junior forester or forestry student who missed this question probably failed the test and was definitely teased for it.  In California, foresters are required to pass this test in order to become a Registered Professional Forester (RPF).  It is illegal to practice forestry in the State without a license.  Now to test your forestry knowledge.

You nail a red tag on a Lodgepole pine tree at DBH.  DBH stands for Diameter at Breast Height, which is 4 1/2 feet about the ground as measured on the high side of the base or the tree.  The tree is growing in height at 2 1/2 feet per year.  In 10 years how high will the tag be above the ground?

I look forward to reading your answers Junior Foresters.  I will reveal the correct answer next week on the Forestry Friday post.

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Blitz answers “who cares!  How high to the first stick is the real question.”

Snow Day!

Every kid loves a snow day.  It gets them out of school work.  I go to work to get a snow day!

Even Nellie likes a snow day.

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What Golden doesn’t love the snow.

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Be careful were you stand.

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Definitely a snow day for the loggers.

Out here a snow day doesn’t get you out of work.

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New snowfall on a Douglas-fir sapling.

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There will be no cattle to load today.

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Snow in the pines.

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The big wind turbines don’t care if the snow is falling.

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