|YAK TACK TIME|
|BARK OF OLD SUGAR MAPLE|
|BARK OF MATURE WHITE PINE|
|QUAKING ASPEN BARK CAN BE QUITE SIMILAR TO PAPER BIRCH|
|NEW RED CLIFF CASINO WILL BE HARD TO GET USED TO|
Without anything else particular on the agenda it is back to bark basics. All trees have their own bark characteristics, the result of genetic differences in bark growth. The differences between genera and species can be subtle or pronounced. Sugar maple trees have a distinctive bark, very smooth in youth, it becomes fissured and almost exfoliating in old age. White pine bark also is smooth in youth, but roughens and separates into platelets with time.
Aspen bark can be confused with paper birch at some stages of growth, but it does not peel like birch. Our other poplars, such as big tooth aspen and balsam poplar, have similar bark but with a distinctly greenish cast.
The new Red Cliff casino is really taking shape now. It has a very large footprint on the soreline, which I am afraid is going to be difficult to get used to.