Fungus or Reproductive Goop?

Fungus or Reproductive Goop?
Originally uploaded by anselm23.

Does anyone know what this orange goop is on this branch? At first, I thought it was a fungus, but now I’m not so sure. My latest guess is that it’s something related to pollination and reproduction, but I don’t really know.

I think the tree is an example of the Northern White Cedar, Thuja occidentalis. If you’d like to correct my identification, please do. I’d prefer knowing to ignorance, especially in this case.

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