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Why Trees Are Awesome

Why Trees Are Awesome

This might seem like a funny title, but seriously, think about it. Trees are awesome. And when you are fighting for survival, you’ll come to love trees. They provide so much to us, from the air we breathe, to shelter, shade, even food. Here are a couple of reasons why trees are so crucial when you are trying to live off the land, to whatever degree. Shelter Trees can provide shelter in a number of ways. They can offer cool shade on a hot day, a shield against strong winds and rains, or can even be a temporary home if you have […]

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Black Walnut   

Black Walnut  

  It’s always nice in survival when you can get more than one use out of material you gather or from one plant or animal.  Black walnut is a perfect example of this. It can be used medicinally, as well as provide food, and in long term survival it can even be used to help tan hides.  With all of these uses, black walnut is not a tree that you want to be unfamiliar with.  It grows in all but a dozen of the most Western states, and in parts of Canada.  Here is how to use it for medicine and […]

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Tree Identification Guide

Tree Identification Guide

Trees are a valuable source of wilderness survival necessities.  From firewood, shelter material, cordage, food, and even water, trees can provide nearly all of your needs in a wilderness survival scenario.  But not all trees offer the same resources, or any at all.  In order to get the most out of the trees in your surroundings you need to know which trees are best for which resources, and how to identify them.  This is an infographic that has depictions of various leaves labeled to the trees they correspond to.  Knowing this information can be a real life safer.   If […]

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Tapping Trees for Water

Tapping Trees for Water

Clear, clean-flowing steams will not always be available to you if you are in a wilderness survival situation.  Even if you do come across a source of water that looks clean, you would still have to boil, filter, or treat the water before consuming it to avoid dangerous parasites such as cryptosporidium.  This may be difficult if you need to spend your time on other necessities like making shelter, finding food, or gathering firewood.  But there is a way that you can get clean, nutrient enriched water passively in the wilderness: tap a tree. Before we get started with the […]

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