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Itchy, Scratchy, Stingy? Or Soothing, Snackable?

September 17, 2010 clifftop CliffNotes

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One causes an immediate “ouch, that hurts!” while the other may take days to elicit a similar response.  Both are attractive, almost begging a touch.  And, both may be encountered throughout our rich wooded bluff lands, particularly in moist soils along creeks, ravines, and shaded slopes. Canada nettle (Laportea canadensis), also called “wood nettle” or […]


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Trees and the Structure of Life…The Understory

November 7, 2007 clifftop CliffNotes

As the dominant trees of our bluffs shine in autumn’s sun, creating a glowing tapestry of color, they also provide a rich food source for wildlife.  Mast is the broad term for various nuts and fruits produced by trees and shrubs.  There are two kinds: hard mast and soft mast; both are crucial in sustaining […]


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