Welcome to How to Find Plants!

This site is about solving this problem: how do you most effectively find plants in the wild? If that sounds interesting to you, you've come to the right spot.

My name is Drew Meulemans and I share my experience with this problem here. I'm a stay-at-home dad, software developer, and passionate forager. My approach to tackling this problem tries to make the most out of modern datasets, and I like to build software projects that help foragers.

Below you'll find a list of my most recent posts.

How to Find Ramps in the Wild

There are few things I enjoy more than foraging for ramps in the spring. Dense carpets of greens popping up after a long winter, the woods coming alive, and beautiful spring weather: it’s all fantastic.

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An Overview of U.S. Forest Service Tree Density Data

If you’re an outdoorsy person and could benefit from maps that show you the detailed distribution of hundreds of species of trees across the US, then stop what you’re doing and pay attention to this post. I’m not trying to be dramatic, it’s just that the data sources discussed in this post could have a substantial impact on the way you engage with your local woods. So if that’s you, grab your drink of choice, settle in, and bring your curiosity.

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