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Tamarack dead or dormant?
« on: April 19, 2017, 03:25:16 PM »
Does anyone know if there is a way to tell if tamarack is dead or dormant without cutting it down?

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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2017, 03:28:16 PM »
bark slip

Take a small hatchet and pop sideways on the bark, is the bark still glued to the tree or does it come off easily in big sheets?

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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 03:55:21 PM »
Good idea! I will have to wait until tomorrow to find out.

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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017, 04:02:07 PM »
The Tamarack in my yard has greened up a lot in the last couple days.

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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2017, 05:44:53 PM »
Most likely if it has branches then it is alive,lot of Tammy at higher elevation have not got any green yet.

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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2017, 07:26:09 PM »
If branches are breaking off also or just generally looks dead.  Bark falling off also

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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2017, 07:39:22 PM »
Man I miss the buckskin tamarack firewood days.
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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2017, 07:59:51 AM »
Tamarack makes awesome firewood

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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2017, 08:38:36 AM »
It can be difficult if the larch (tamarack) has mistletoe brooms throughout the crown (and that might be a good candidate for firewood or harvest at that point anyway).  Just look for fine branches/twigs and dormant terminal buds (club-shaped nature to the end of the twig).  Binos can help a lot.  Also, like others commented, knocking a small section of bark off with a hatchet can allow you to look at the cambium (the growing layer under the bark).  If it is wet and whitish, tree is alive. 

My  :twocents:, nobody should be in too big a rush to drop "dead" western larch until buds have broken!  Have fun.  Awesome firewood. 

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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2017, 09:59:05 AM »
Harvesting Larch on public land with a firewood permit, wouldn't you get in trouble for dropping a live tamarack infested with mistletoe?



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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2017, 10:08:27 AM »
Harvesting Larch on public land with a firewood permit, wouldn't you get in trouble for dropping a live tamarack infested with mistletoe?

Wouldn't get in trouble in less you get caught :chuckle:.
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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2017, 10:22:38 AM »
Right, my advice was more for private land situations.

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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2017, 11:24:51 AM »
All tamarack is dead as soon as you cut it down.


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Re: Tamarack dead or dormant?
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2017, 01:47:52 PM »
Give it some time to see if it greens up. If you transplanted it from the high elevation chances are it won't survive