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    National Forest Service Permit

    Are you dealing with Forest Service, or BLM?
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    Obtaining Federal Permits in the Northeast.

    Each ranger district sets their own policies, following general principles. Here they’re called Wilding Permits and most are presumably used by people collecting landscaping trees for personal use. Commercial collectors have to go through a more involved process. If the front desk people don’t...
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    Plant life span questions

    Plants have lifespans, as do most other organisms. Your assumption that good growing conditions would cause them to live longer is not supported by the evidence. The oldest known trees live in some of the harshest conditions. According to Wikipedia, the oldest living Bristlecone is just over...
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    Big Bear California “Pine” collected

    That pine looks like a piñon, and single-leaf piñons (Pinus monopylla) do grow in the San Bernardino mountains. Photos can be deceiving, but the needles appear to be single. Can you confirm that? That would establish the species conclusively. What altitude did you collect it at? They’re supposed...
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    Big Bear California “Pine” collected

    Any pics?
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    Collected Fir and Spruce from northern NM

    At the office of the ranger district for the area you want to collect in.
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    @Adair is getting close....

    Mr. Boonbastic!
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    Big Bear California “Pine” collected

    If it survives the collection, which it probably won’t, it will likely die from carbohydrate exhaustion in the next few years, as it won’t have any winter dormancy. You took it from an alpine environment to a subtropical environment. You could look for a local bonsai club to join. You’d benefit...
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    Siberian Elm air layer

    I definitely got the bark off, but apparently didn’t get far enough into the xylem.
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    Siberian Elm air layer

    I stopped checking for roots after three, or four months. Since I didn't see any of the top branches die back, I assumed it must have bridged. Your question spurred me to finally go examine it and here are the photos. We had a "thousand year flood" over the summer (same storm's hail damaged my...
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    Fir for Bonsai

    Leave the wire to bite in a little and they’ll set better.
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    Siberian Elm air layer

    Unfortunately, it didn't take. Neither did my apricot. I'll have to devise a better method for my climate. Maybe the conditions were just too hot and dry for the elm, or maybe I overcompensated with both trees and kept the sphagnum too wet, but the elm seemed to dry really fast if I didn't water...
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    Fir for Bonsai

    I have an Abies lasioarpa and an Abies concolor (White Fir). The first photo shows both species. Unfortunately, that beautiful White Fir behind the Subalpine Fir died after a year in collection, despite doing well the first year. You can see two of the branches dying. I have another, very young...
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    my naked trees.

    I’m just seeing this post for the first time. Thanks for all the photos of excellent trees! Have you made a decision on the four trunk hornbeam? I would remove the right trunk (I assume that’s what you’re calling the one covered by the towel, first post says ‘left trunk’:D). This would increase...
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    @Adair is getting close....

    "His Royal Pinus" "Pinus fully wired" "Wired and bent"
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