The roar of a chainsaw breaks the stillness of the cold winter morning. I wade through knee-deep snow to retrieve a newly fallen balsam fir. With sappy gloves, I drag the fir pole to a fresh bundle of trees that…(more)
Riki Moss looks into the forest and imagines another world; a world filled with spirits and ambiguous life forms. For years, she has been engaged with her ever-growing, ever-shifting installment called The Paper Forest. This multi-media assemblage of curious sculptures…(more)
He stretched his massive neck, closed his eyes, and rubbed his forehead, eyes, and antlers back and forth across the spruce’s overhanging branch tips. Periodically, he would stop, open his eyes, and sniff his handiwork. He chewed the tip of…(more)
Ever since the emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered in Michigan in 2002, many have speculated about its potential effects on forests in the Northeast. With the confirmation of infestations in eastern New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, the…(more)
The Latin name for the red squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, gives us more than a hint about the summer and fall foraging behaviors of this bold and busy creature. Tamias apparently has a variety of meanings in Greek, including distributor, storer,…(more)
Is longer better when it comes to chainsaw bars? Personally, I like a shorter bar. It allows me to use a saw with a smaller engine, which reduces overall strain on my back and muscles. Plus, shorter bars are inherently…(more)
For those concerned about climate change, renewable energy development is a nobrainer. And the breezy mountaintops of New England, far from human population centers, appear to be ideal settings for wind turbines. But there are plenty of nonhuman populations that…(more)
There are three weekends of rifle season in Vermont, and as such the season unfolds in acts, like a play.…(more)
We're pleased to announce underwriting support from the Plum Creek Foundation for our popular "Stewardship Stories" article series in Northern Woodlands magazine, starting with the Winter 2013 issue. The grant reflects Plum Creek Foundation's commitment to organizations that promote environmental stewardship and awareness, as well as those that teach environmental education.
The "Stewardship Stories" series profiles individuals’ experiences managing forestland in the Northeast. It explores the choices people make to achieve different outcomes, which affect the ecological diversity, health, and productivity of their forests.
Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! vile thing, let loose, Or I will shake thee from me like a serpent! -William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream The aroma of wood…(more)