How to Operate The Wild Living Skills Database & Smartphone App

How to Operate This Website:

         The Wild Living Skills Database & Smartphone App (© 2011) is a new piece of technology that is in-the-making which will soon enable people to:


Downloadable PDF explaining
how this website works:

The Wild Living Skills Database & Smartphone App by Wild Willpower


Current Status of Website:

    We’re currently updating the site regularly, so some sections work better & are more finished than others.  Some examples of working pages (that will still continue to improve) include Cattails and Soaproot.  We’re in the process of upgrading,, &, & will get back to developing this website at the beginning of 2018.

Additional Information & Videos:

    The Wild Living Skills Database & Smartphone App is currently best viewed using desktop computers.

     An example of rollover-&-view glossary term.  If using a mobile device (smartphone or tablet), simple press the word & then slightly drag your finger.  You may need to zoom out while pressing & holding:



Examples of Useful Content found throughout the Site:

1.)  Highly-Nutritious Acorn Flour & Oil

3 Different Species of Acorn Nuts:

3 acorns

2.)  Buckeye Nut flour

  • Caution!  Buckeye nuts are poisonous when eaten raw due to the chemical aesculin present throughout the tree!
  • Buckeye nut flour has been a mainstay food for people around the world for hundreds of years, & can be processed into a highly-nutritious, starchy flour similar to potato flour.
  • Buckeye trees produce 4.4 tons of nuts per acre!
  • Buckeye nuts are much larger than most nuts currently sold on the U.S. market.  An abundant local food source!

California Buckeye Nut:

Buckeye nut

3.)  Pine nuts, pollen, & oil


  • Currently pine nuts are generally shipped in from China or Russia when found in markets, however many very large pine nuts can be found growing from grow coast-to-coast throughout the U.S.
  • Nuts edible raw or toasted, and can be pressed for oil.

Pine Nuts:

Pine Nuts


  • The pollen from the catkins contains 30% its weight in protein as well as a wide variety of minerals & nutrients, & was traditionally harvested as a food source by both Native Americans and Indo-Europeans prior to the expanse of the Holy Roman Empire.  The pollen can be harvested in spring.

Pine Pollen Being Shaken Out of the Catkin:

Pine Pollen

4.)  Sycamore Syrup

  • similar to maple syrup, but tastes more like butterscotch & honey.
  • Just like Maple syrup, Sycamores make yummy syrup without even harming the tree.  Its “the west coast syrup”!!

Palmate Sycamore Leaves & Globose Seed Pods:

Sycamore Seed Pods

      Others are described in Wild Willpower‘s first major publication, called More Valuable Than Gold written by former U.S. Army Ethnobotany & Wilderness Survival Instructor dedicated lifelong teacher Richard Lonewolf, & photographed, produced, & with forward written by Wild Willpower‘s founder & former student, Distance Everheart.

Click to read preview pages:

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Broadcasting With Native Teachers, Mycologists, Lichen Specialists, & Other Ethnobiological Experts; Learn Firsthand:

On Soaproot:

Other Videos:

     Here are some early grassroots we did with former U.S. Army Ethnobotany & Wilderness Survival Expert, Cherokee elder Richard Lonewolf, in accordance with Richard Lonewolf Survival School; we would like to film with other experts in the future & embed their videos throughout this site in the near future.

On Cattail roots: 

Videos On Mushrooms!

      Paul Stamets, founder of Fungi Perfecti, provides an excellent explanation on why we must “learn the language of nature”- the reason we must build

Each ‘database entry’ throughout this website will include the following categories:

1.)  “Location Summary”

      This section is how the site will be able to co-process the user’s GPS, time-of-year, & elevation so the species can be identified in less than 5 questions.

2.)  “Identification Characteristics”

3.)  “Edible, Utility, & Medicinal Uses”

     With step-by-step instructions and footage of instructors teaching.

4.)  “Positive-Impact Harvesting Techniques

     So ecosystems see benefit rather than detriment as a result of harvesting.  Among our goals include Federal & Local Government recognition of positive-impact harvesting techniques a universally-accepted, ecologically AND socially responsible way for accessing resources. 

Our “Bright Green Sponsors” make this possible:

Soon, this website will be “as useful in the cities as it is in the forest”:

     Please Get Involved to help us getting this webpage working as planned; we need funding & collaboration with passionate people ready to get to work ASAP!

     Want to help build this website?  Please email [email protected] to get involved directly or by offering a contribution to Wild Willpower to help the team- every dollar helps!!

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