Into the Woods with Andy

November is the time of the month where the temps can plummet in a heartbeat. We can have days where the high temperatures are in the 50's, and the next day we are below freezing all day. We do not have any snow on the ground yet, but we have seen plenty of flurries over the last couple weeks. The snow and cold is inevitable in these parts. It is only a matter of time. This is the Minnesota weather we all know and love. 

One big project at Camp Vermilion in the fall is bud capping the young red and white pines that were planted over the years. During the cold winter months deer are always in search for some sort of nourishment. When they feed in the winter we usually call that browsing. They just travel around eating leaf buds, scratching down into the snow for grasses, and nipping off the buds of young red and white pine trees. Young red and white pine trees under 4 feet tall are perfect for deer to browse on during the winter months, providing nourishment in the cold. 

To protect our forest investment, we bud cap the trees that have not reached a safe height out of reach of the deer. We have roughly 10 acres of these young pine trees that need to be bud capped this year, so it's a large job. We had one group out to camp that began the task and did a wonderful job, but there is still more that needs to be done. If anyone or groups of people would like to come see how this process works, come on up! Help would be greatly appreciated.


-Andy Arola

Camp Vermilion Site Director