Do you have people stealing timber from the forest near you? We do. So annoying!

But look, tree DNA has been used as evidence in a (US) federal criminal trial:

So that is an interesting development.

Here’s a Canadian Press article that is being syndicated all over the place:

B.C. professor’s Mother Tree research branches out to bestselling book, movie deal.

The sign in the wilderness park says No Building New Trails!

Every time I find one of these signs I look around and think, well, where is the trail they are trying to discourage me from exploring? I always find a lovely old logging road, or a trail some cyclists have built. So the signs are useful, but not in the way The Authorities think they are useful.

So there I was in the forest, walking on a quiet trail, just me and the dog. A male voice said something. I thought “what ringtone is that? What have I forgotten to mute on my phone?”

It was a man on a mountain bike behind us. A real man with a real voice, not a ringtone one.

Maybe I have too much tech in my life.

Years ago I saw a poster that said “Find a place that makes you happy, and go there.” So I did, and here we are in the forest. This trail is one of my favourites.

“Bikes, bears, and biologists: can mountain biking exist with nature?”

This is an article from a Vancouver Island (BC, Canada) publication, but I imagine the issues are the same elsewhere.

If you walk in the here (west coast of Canada), you’ll notice cedar trees that are missing a section of bark. It often looks as if part of the tree is naked in a triangular section that comes up from the base of the tree.

What’s happened is that First Nations people harvested bark from the tree, probably a long time ago.

Wikipedia explains:

I was surprised to find this tree while bushcrashing. The bark has been harvested quite recently!

A generation ago, these woods were logged. The forest has regrown since, but every once in a while I find an old logging road like this in the middle of nowhere.

Alder trees help me find these roads; they are quick to re-grow after logging. I’ve learned to investigate when I see a certain pattern of alder tree growth in the distance.

Chinwag Social

Consider this a friendly, local pub. Make yourself at home, bring your friends, have a good time! Meet new people, have a laugh, enjoy the ambience, and the Oxford commas.