Skyrim Special Edition

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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 6700+ short (ie, 1-4 m) trees 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.


Custom Tree Mods Installation Instructions
  • Install the main file.
  • If using DynDOLOD v2, install the appropriate billboards for whichever tree mods you are using in your preferred overwrite order.
    If using DynDOLOD v3, billboards are not necessary since they are created by the newer process.
  • Generate tree LODs using DynDOLOD (3D Trees are supported).
  • Install the output from generation as new mod in your mod manager mod.

Explanation: Billboards are two dimensional images of trees. When you generate tree LOD, 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 that informs the game where to express tree LODs (e.g., all over Whiterun Tundra), the size of each tree in game, and the position of a particular tree LOD image on the atlas texture.


Whiterun Forest Borealis is designed to be extremely compatible without the need for patching. The following list of mods have built-in compatibility:
  • Alternate Start - Live Another Life
  • Bent Pines II
  • CC Farming
  • CC Tundra Homestead
  • Cutting Room Floor
  • Ebonvale
  • Elysium Estate
  • Enhanced Landscapes
  • Enhanced Towns and Cities
  • Forgotten Dungeons
  • JK's Whiterun Outskirts
  • More Bandit Camps
  • Ryn's Bleakwind Basin
  • Ryn's Dragon Mounds Collection
  • Ryn's Halted Stream Camp
  • Ryn's Lund's Hut
  • Ryn's White River Watch
  • Ryn's Whiterun City Limits
  • Settlements Expanded
  • The Fall of Granite Hill
  • The People of Skyrim 2
  • The People of Skyrim Complete SSE
  • The Whitefall Manor
  • Viking Towns of Skyrim
  • Warchief Stronghold
  • White Estate (both versions)
  • Whiterun Expansion Redone SSE
  • Whiterun Stronghold

Any cell and vanilla tree record conflicts should be resolved by allowing all other mods to overwrite Whiterun Forest Borealis.

  • The Great Forest of Whiterun Hold
  • Alpine Forest of Whiterun Valley

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Credits and Permissions

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

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