Club moss of the northern hardwood forests — not a pine, not a tree, not a moss. It's a type of fern: "evergreen, perennial, clonal, and rhizomatous in nature." I'll be keeping an eye on this important inhabitant of my forest during the summer. When clicked, this photo will open, full size, in a new window.
I went on an Edible Wilds walk in Montpelier Saturday and learned that I mislabeled this plant. This is the sterile horsetail. The fertile horsetail can be seen here. I apologize for the error.