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What are these bulges? Are they harming the tree?

It looks like a Burl. They are natural non-harmful (think of them like scar tissue maybe, resulting from injury or infection) deformities in the grain of trees. Both hardwood & softwood trees can ...
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What types of trees are in these intertwined groups in Massachusetts?

You may like the look, but those trees are in the process of being killed by a nasty invasive, Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus). It is one of the more common invasives in MA. There have ...
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Where are some accessible flat areas for handicapped birders in Acadia National Park in Maine, USA?

I am an avid birder in and around Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park is one of the most accessible national parks in the system when it comes to major locations and their accessibility. ...
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What are these bulges? Are they harming the tree?

I was pleased to see the photos of the burls; it's been some time since I had thought of all of the splendid uses Native Americans and others had found for burls, so I hope no-one minds my digression. ...
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Winter boots for -40°C that are snowshoe and crampon compatible?

For temperatures down to -40°C you need solid insulated mountaineering boots; buy them together with crampons so they fit well. All modern snowshoes will be compatible. There are many such boots on ...
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Explain this: 40' long strip of bark removed from white pine

Lightening strike. I have seen the exact same on a Loblolly Pine then lightening lifted a few feet of soil toward the buried sewer line.
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What nocturnal animal sound am I hearing in the trees in Maine?

This is my answer to your question, I am new here but I really enjoy this type of thing. In 2011, we had a very bad tornado come through our property. After that I have heard 4-5 new bird calls, which ...
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What are the busiest months for hiking in the New Hampshire Presidential Mountains?

Given your time period of early June to Early September, my guess is that the least crowded period will be early June. This report (Fig. 4) shows the number of bed nights in AMC huts as a function of ...
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How do I find known and documented trails for trail running in New England?

Well, depending on your definition of "known" and "documented", you're in luck. There's a workout tracking app that has gained enough popularity in New England to map out a large number of trails. ...
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What are the busiest months for hiking in the New Hampshire Presidential Mountains?

Early September is the best choice considering the criteria you have given. While it is true that there are less hikers in early June than later in the summer, there are reasons for this. Black ...
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Do Herons travel alone in New England?

Great Blue Herons don't seem to be territorial. Nesting sites usually have a few to a dozen nests at a time, sometimes three in the same tree. This is so common they are referred to as heron "...
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Equipment for driving off road in the Northeast United States

I talk a little about the different kinds of 4x4 vehicles in my answer to this question you don't say what type of vehicle you have, make sure the terrain you want to cross and your vehicle are ...
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Where can I find an online elevation profile of the Cohos trail?

My suggestion would be to create a path in Google Earth and then view the elevation profile of the path. Here is an example of what that would look like, One caveat, Google Earth underestimates the ...
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Where are some accessible flat areas for handicapped birders in Acadia National Park in Maine, USA?

You can also expand the list of accessible routes, and the distance traveled along them, by using a more capable wheelchair. Products such as the GRIT Freedom Chair while designed for outdoor ...
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Isn't Nor'easter supposed to move from the Northeast to Southwest?

Anon is correct. Nor'easter is a storm system blowing high winds and Artic air coming from the north or north east. A Sou'wester originates in the tropical/subtropical Atlantic and brings warm air ...
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How do I find known and documented trails for trail running in New England?

Most trails for hiking are also good for running. In fact, I'd make the assumption that a hiking trail is a running trail without specific knowledge that makes it inappropriate. One way to get a ...
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Two day hike recommendations in New England area

There are quite a number of options, although the 4000 foot requirement pretty much limits it to the White Mountains of NH, the northern Green Mountains of VT, and a few peaks in ME. It's not clear ...
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A winter month in New England - what to do, looking for thru-hikes or other suggestions

Thru-hiking/backpacking an established trail for multiple weeks, do-able in winter The longer hiking trails in ME, NH, and VT, apart from the AT, like the Long Trail and the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail ...
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A winter month in New England - what to do, looking for thru-hikes or other suggestions

You've already done the AT, so know what the terrain of the Berkshires, Green Mountains, and White Mountains is like. Obviously that gets a lot more difficult with 2-6 feet of snow on the ground. ...
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What's a good overnight hiking loop in New England, within a 3 hour range of Boston?

There isn't a lot of wilderness near Boston, but there are many local trails. Camping is not allowed on most land that local trails pass over. However, it is sometimes possible to get permission. ...
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Two day hike recommendations in New England area

One possible route to see waterfalls in White Mountain National Forest: Hike in from the end of Zealand Road to Zealand Falls, then take the Ethan Pond Trail down to Thoreau Falls. Hike out the Ethan ...
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Hiking trails between Mt Moosilauke and Rumney NH

From what I can see on USGS Topo maps and aerial imagery, you definitely need to walk on Breezy Pt Rd and NH118 to cross Baker River before getting on Three Ponds trail. Can't see any apparent ...
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Winter boots for -40°C that are snowshoe and crampon compatible?

Many good suggestions here; regardless of your choice of boot, MAKE CERTAIN THEY FIT WELL while wearing two pairs of socks. Too tight boots will cut off circulation and be wickedly uncomfortable. ...
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Winter boots for -40°C that are snowshoe and crampon compatible?

I recommend two Canadian brand: Kamik (very low price) and Baffin(low price). Their boots target everyday outdoor worker/farmer/hunter so they know what they are doing. They make solid snow boots. I ...
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