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Help me cope with mountain lion stress

I love hiking. It is great cardio and I enjoy it, unlike running which is a boring slog for me. The closest hiking area too me is wonderful, but there has been a lot mountain lion activity there in the past year it is starting to creep me out. Am I just being paranoid? [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Dec 21, 2016 - 30 answers

Make my home feel like a forest feels

Forests relax and soothe me. I'd like to make my apartment feel like a forest with sounds, scents, textures, and pictures. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on May 7, 2016 - 36 answers

Help me think of ecological & botanical demos that are kinda magical.

I have been told to lead a nature walk & workshop for a Girl Scout event that has a "magic" theme. This will be in the Pacific Northwest in a coniferous-riparian setting, and these are 7-17 year old girls. Yeah, I know. that's a broad range of ages. That's why I need your help. I'm a botanist. EVERYTHING sciency and outside is magical to me, so I'm hoping to make a list of very quick (<5 minute) demos with things found outside that have a big impact or are somehow surprising to a non-science audience. I'd like to avoid the pointing-and-telling kind of nature activity - I want these concepts to show themselves off somehow. Apparently I'll be doing this multiple times throughout the year so seasonality doesn't matter. [more inside]
posted by bravecanary on Apr 26, 2016 - 27 answers

What smells like almonds in the forest?

While hiking on the Point Reyes peninsula (Marin County, California, USA), we kept smelling an almond smell. We poked and prodded various trees and plants but could not find the source of the smell. What would commonly grow in a costal fir forest that would smell like almonds? It was a strong "so where's the cookies" almond extract-y almond smell, though slightly more herby and piercing than that cheap bakery cookie smell. [more inside]
posted by gyusan on Apr 4, 2016 - 7 answers

Sur la terre, les animaux. Du plus petit au plus gros.

Another geeky field recording question! I live in L.A. and would like to spend Memorial Day weekend in a "primitive camping" situation, surrounded by noisy nocturnal wildlife, to make long-form field recordings (6-10 hours). Birds and beasts are a particular interest. I'd like as little human company and contact as possible. Where would you go within, say, a six-hour drive?
posted by mykescipark on Mar 25, 2016 - 3 answers

In search of old growth forest

I'd like to do a short backpacking trip in old growth forest within driving distance of the DC area (4-5 hours or less, ideally). I looked up the locations of old growth stands in adjacent states, but many are quite small, and I'd like to get some recommendations on places I could hike and camp a couple nights. [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname on Oct 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me get some forest time!

I live in the SF Bay area and I might be getting some last minute time off to take a break. My ideal destination is somewhere where my husband and I can stay in a cabin with our two kids (2 years and 6 months) and take long walks through the forest. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Oct 2, 2015 - 17 answers

Mystery Forest Animal Sound

Can you tell me what animal is making this sound in the forest in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by cda on Mar 6, 2015 - 2 answers

Outside the circle of fire.

I'm a field recordist and a solitude-lover. I'd like to camp in the most sound-rich environment possible for New Year's. I'm in Southern California. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Extreme Tree Grafting

I have a vision to (when I buy a house someday) grow a forest where the lawn used to be. The best time to have started this was 20 years ago. Since that did not happen, I am wondering if it's possible to speed the growth of trees excessively through grafting. Can you graft the trunk of a young tree into the middle of another young tree, thus doubling the height? Now I am wondering what are the most extreme and crazy things that can be done with tree grafting.
posted by brenton on Jun 14, 2014 - 10 answers

What was the name of this fantasy novel from my childhood?

I am searching for the name of a fantasy novel from childhood, which has been calling to me lately in a way that may greatly inform my artwork. It has been fruitless to google, as I can only remember certain clues about its plotline and cover illustration. Help me, metafilter! The internet is great but some quandaries need humans. (Read extended explanation for the clues) [more inside]
posted by kaspen on Apr 20, 2014 - 7 answers

What to do with a day on the south side of Sequoia Natl Forest?

My girlfriend and I are going down to a wedding in Ontario, CA this summer, and have enough time for a day trip to Sequoia National Forest. What would you do if you only had a day? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Dec 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Southeastern PA: Where can I found a single tree in a forest clearing?

I'm trying to take a particular photo, so I'm looking for a clearing in a forest, that has a prominent tree by itself within that clearing (On top of a hill works too). [more inside]
posted by Strudel on Sep 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Teach me about logging operations!

How, physically, does clearcutting happen? What sort of equipment is used to cut down trees on steep hillsides? How is lumber and paper so inexpensive given all the work it takes? How do companies decide what sections to cut? (Some of the patterns cut are really odd!) Also, since different companies often own sections of timber accessed from the same (privately owned?) mainline, how do access deals play out?
posted by ArcAm on Aug 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Trees. What's up with those?

We live in a rural New England house on a wooded lot and we don't actually know a whole lot about taking care of trees. Other than 'you should call someone and learn about taking care of trees' what will be useful for us to know? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Specific recommendations: Car camping on the central California coast?

Five of us from San Francisco and Los Angeles like to meet in the middle along the coast once a year and car-camp for a long weekend. The past few years we've had a blast at Limekiln State Park campground, but it's under new management now and they won't allow us to reserve a specific ('our') campsite. In case we can't get one of the spots we want there, we'd like some backups to make reservations with somewhere between the southern end of Monterey Bay and San Luis Obispo—any suggestions? Hang on, let me tell you what we liked about Limekiln. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Hiking in Shasta area

What are your favorite hikes in Shasta Trinity National Forest? [more inside]
posted by ethel on Oct 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Real terraforming

I want to know more about the part of forestry that explains how and why forests (any kind) are composed and developed. By "composition," I mean the relative placement of the elements of a forest, like ravines and canopies. Books, web pages, and a massive, super-detailed time lapse animation of a forest forming from nothing would all be great.
posted by ignignokt on Sep 5, 2012 - 8 answers

What on earth is this?

Help me identify the animal that makes the horrific sound in this recording. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jul 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me be apartment free for one month.

What are some cheap and interesting ways to spend 2-3 weeks without a home in and around the Bay Area? (examples: camping, retreats in redwood forest, etc). [more inside]
posted by fake on Sep 28, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me find a forest green bridesmaid dress!

Help me find a forest green bridesmaid dress! [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Aug 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Cutting a tree on public land?

I've always wanted to cut my own Christmas tree....on public land. Legally. How do I find out whether and where I can do this? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Nov 11, 2010 - 11 answers

How can I cover a tree in lights? In the middle of nowhere?

What's the best way to string a tree with Christmas lights? Oh yeah, it's out in the middle of nowhere. [more inside]
posted by niles on Oct 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Not fluffy white clouds

Help my friend identify this white cloudy thing photographed in a forest in British Columbia! [more inside]
posted by carbide on Aug 27, 2010 - 6 answers

how much deet?

What kind of bugginess can we expect if we stay here in November? [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy on Jul 3, 2010 - 1 answer

Is my one acre meadow a fire hazard?

Do I really have to mow my one acre meadow to prevent fire hazards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 14 answers

How to fake a forest?

How to record (or possibly fake) forest ground, roots and moist dirt in an arctic climate? [more inside]
posted by gmm on Jan 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Proposing an official name for an Oregon Hiking Trail..how exactly?

What procedure would one conceivably follow in order to propose a hiking trail be named for a person in the state of Oregon? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Dec 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Best Practices in Sustainable Forest Management

I am looking for information related to sustainable forestry management. I have recently secured a consultancy in Central America for developing a business plan related to the industry. While my client has provided useful information, I am also looking for external resources on the subject. [more inside]
posted by 53B3L1U5 on Jul 20, 2009 - 3 answers

The Amazon Forest Pharmaceutical Resource - Where?

Amazon healing plants. Who is the expert? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Dec 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Eastern Europe: Hiking

Cool places to take day-trip hikes in Eastern Europe: suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Mar 26, 2008 - 14 answers

Who covered that Cure song, 'A Forest'?

Which band did a cover of The Cure song called 'A Forest'? [more inside]
posted by pelican on Sep 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Why is there a path cut across southern Indiana?

What is this clear-cut path across southern Indiana? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Oct 30, 2006 - 16 answers

Graffitti building

I'm trying to track down a location found in the movie 'Thumbsucker'. [more inside]
posted by mnology on Feb 23, 2006 - 5 answers

Trying to figure out what to do with pine forest landscaping

I'm trying to figure out what to do about landscaping in a pine forest location. The problem is the soil is sandy and nothing has grown there. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Jan 18, 2006 - 9 answers

Can someone tell me the name of this TV movie?

Can someone tell me the name of this TV movie? There are some spoilers here if you haven't seen this, but there's no other way to try to identify it. [more inside]
posted by jam_pony on Nov 4, 2005 - 14 answers

Children's fantasy book

Children's SF-Fantasy: For years, I have been trying to remember the name of a book I read as a child, in the mid-1980s. It is a novel, appropriate for 8-12 year olds, in a vaguely medieval/fantasy setting. The main character (I think) is a boy who goes into a forest (on a journey? a quest?) - he meets a girl there who is a firewitch, with really bright orange hair. Sorry for the vagueness, but I was about eight at the time, and haven't been able to find it since. [more inside]
posted by jb on Jan 10, 2005 - 7 answers

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