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Salamanders

Salamanders are one of Indiana’s unique critters that often go unnoticed. Few people realize that Indiana’s woodland and wetland habitats host twenty-two different species of salamanders. They are fascinating to many people because of their striking color patterns and distinctive … Continue reading

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Ginseng

Ginseng is a small, perennial plant and is found throughout North American and eastern Asia. It is recognized by its distinctive cluster of bright red berries that sits in the center of several leafy stems. Ginseng needs well-drained soils and … Continue reading

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Black Walnut

From early settlement through today Walnut has been the premier Midwestern hardwood.  Typically the most valuable tree in a woods, Walnut’s rich brown heartwood and pleasing grain pattern isn’t only desired in the United States but around the world.  This … Continue reading

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Kentucky Coffeetree

Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) is a rare tree species in the woods of Indiana. It is most often found in small patches on limestone outcroppings and bottomland soils, and has scaly, irregular, light-gray bark that curls up slightly at the edges. The … Continue reading

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Pike Lumber Company’s “Axe-Men”

Although it may seem to be only good entertainment, the national television shows that portray logging hit close to home for those at Pike.  Our Ax-Men in particular can attest to the grueling nature of the job of being a … Continue reading

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Bees & Basswood Trees

During spring, the silent flowering Basswood tree commonly goes unnoticed to us, but not to the bees.  Basswoods produce fragrant, yellow flowers that dangle precariously underneath the heart shaped leaves.  Basswoods that bloom during May and July, produce prolific amounts … Continue reading

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