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Transforms the tundra into a boreal forest, such as those found in the tundra of extreme northern latitudes.

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  • Adds short (ie, 1-4 m) trees and tree clutter to the tundra; creating a lightweight Boreal forest.   
  • Forest that becomes denser as you travel further from civilization, embodying the remoteness of the wilderness
  • Careful positioning and sizing of trees to preserve the mountain vista characteristic of Whiterun
  • Compatible with all flora, grass, and tree mods
  • Highly optimized with expected performance cost of ~3 FPS for mid-range PC's. 

Vanilla Installation Instructions
  1. If using vanilla tree models, install the main file and the Vanilla LODs file. 

Custom Tree Mods Installation Instructions
  1. If using alternate tree models and textures (ie, SBT, RAT, EVT, SFO), install  the main file only.
  2. Install the appropriate billboards for whichever tree mods you are using in your preferred overwrite order
  3. Open xEdit > OK 
  4. Right click on left pane
  5. Select other > generate lod > OK to the warning message
  6. Select Tamriel worldspace > Generate
  7. Locate your xEdit output folder
  8. Move the newly generated meshes and textures folders to your data directory or to a new mod folder in your mod manager mod directory

Generating LODs using xLODGen or DynDOLOD is also perfectly acceptable rather than performing the above steps.

Explanation: Billboards are two dimensional images of trees. When you generate tree LOD via xEdit, two things occur. One, the billboards are compiled into a tree lod atlas, which is a single texture that contains all the tree LOD textures (this is great for performance). Two, it generates a series of files which inform the game where to express tree LODs (ie, all over Whiterun Tundra now), as well as the size of each tree in game, and the position of a particular tree LOD image on the atlas texture.

Designed to be compatible with
  • Ebonvale
  • Elysium Estate (with provided patch)
  • Enhanced Towns and Cities
  • Cutting Room Floor
  • Forgotten Dungeons
  • More Bandit Camps
  • The People of Skyrim 2 (with provided patch)
  • The People of Skyrim Complete SSE (with provided patch)

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This mod was built around Ro84's Great Forest of Whiterun Hold. Grazie amico!
The LOD was built using Indistinguishable Vanilla Tree Billboards by Palerider. Thank you!
Thank you reddit user Ichidh for the extensive beta-testing and documentation!
Thank you Daymarr and LordOfLA for the testing and screenshots!
You can view the original threads here 10/2016 

You are free to use the resources in this mod so long as you share your mod with the same permissions

My Other Mods
Dolomite Weathers - Weather and Exterior Lighting Overhaul
Snowy AF Windhelm - Buries Windhelm in snow
Whiterun Forest Borealis - Transforms tundra into boreal forest
Athletik Combat - Simple movement speed adjustments
Weather Creation Guide