Editor's Blog

  • A Conversation with Author Gary Lee Miller thumbnail

    A Conversation with Author Gary Lee Miller

    by Northern Woodlands | May 11th 2017
    Gary Lee Miller is a Vermont-based author who will run a workshop at this year’s Northern Woodlands Conference, “Short and Sweet: The Power of the… Read More »

  • Shedding Light on the Canadian-Softwood Tariff thumbnail

    Shedding Light on the Canadian-Softwood Tariff

    by Dave Mance III | April 28th 2017
    Lumber was in the news this week as the Trump administration announced that we’re going to levy a tariff on Canadian softwood. No doubt you… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 4

    by Dave Mance III | April 14th 2017
    Farmers of all stripes crave consistency, which has been in short supply recently. The sugaring season of 2017 adhered to this rule. Sap ran in… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 3

    by Dave Mance III | March 31st 2017
    We had our annual maple open house weekend last weekend, and at one point a group of older women stopped by and visited – told… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods Part 2

    by Dave Mance III | March 16th 2017
    So the crazy weather continues, though of late it’s been too cold instead of too hot. By putting the temperatures from the last two weeks… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    by Dave Mance III | March 2nd 2017
    “We know that getting hit is part of the sport.” -Boxer Frank Buglioni Thirty-two degrees is a magic number in sugaring because without it sap… Read More »

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    Woods With Character

    by Dave Mance III | February 17th 2017
    I just finished a fabulous book by David Brooks called The Road to Character, in which he explores our transition from a culture that valued… Read More »

  • For My Daughter on Her Birth Day: February 3, 2017 thumbnail

    For My Daughter on Her Birth Day: February 3, 2017

    by Dave Mance III | February 3rd 2017
    When you get a little bigger your mom and I are going to introduce you to the maples in the sugarwoods. You should know them… Read More »

  • Wall Street and Woodlots thumbnail

    Wall Street and Woodlots

    by Patrick White | January 20th 2017
    In looking for interesting content for Northern Woodlands’ biweekly e-newsletter, I'm constantly scanning the Google news feed for articles related to forests and forestry. Not… Read More »

  • Logging Companies and Workers Comp thumbnail

    Logging Companies and Workers Comp

    by Dave Mance III | January 6th 2017
    Political pundits all suggest that a re-examination of our country’s broken health care system will be the first order of business that Congress takes up… Read More »

  • On Faith and Christmas thumbnail

    On Faith and Christmas

    by Dave Mance III | December 22nd 2016
    Why is religion such a big part of rural life? An author I was reading the other day decided it was because there are more… Read More »

  • Wood is Great: The Elevator Pitch thumbnail

    Wood is Great: The Elevator Pitch

    by Dave Mance III | December 9th 2016
    The world can often seem too complicated for its own good. It’s a big reason why people like you and I live in a rural… Read More »

  • Djou See Anything? thumbnail

    Djou See Anything?

    by Dave Mance III | November 22nd 2016
    A deer hunter pushes open the door and enters a warm, slow camp. The woodstove pings pleasantly as it accommodates a fresh charge of wood.… Read More »

  • Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks thumbnail

    Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks

    by Dave Mance III | November 10th 2016
    I went deer hunting last week with my friend Bill at his camp in the Adirondacks. The trip over entailed a beautiful ride down Route… Read More »

  • History Doing That Cyclical Thing Again thumbnail

    History Doing That Cyclical Thing Again

    by Dave Mance III | October 28th 2016
    Here in Vermont there’s an interesting political race going on for governor, and it relates to our subject matter in that the contest might hinge,… Read More »

  • The Man Who Freed a Giant thumbnail

    The Man Who Freed a Giant

    by Dave Mance III | October 14th 2016
    Joe Wheelwright, the sculptor, died on September 28. I met Joe while writing this story about him in 2012. When I heard the news of… Read More »

  • Fall Canning thumbnail

    Fall Canning

    by Dave Mance III | September 29th 2016
    We’d torn a burner out of an old hot water heater and suspended it with wire beneath a hastily welded angle iron table; it formed… Read More »

  • Nature Deficit Disorder! Statistical Analysis! Team Names! thumbnail

    Nature Deficit Disorder! Statistical Analysis! Team Names!

    by Dave Mance III | September 16th 2016
    If you’re into nature and writing, which you probably are if you’re into us, then you probably heard the news a few years back that… Read More »

  • Q and A with Loon Expert Eric Hanson thumbnail

    Q and A with Loon Expert Eric Hanson

    by Northern Woodlands | September 2nd 2016
    Eric Hanson, a biologist for the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, will give a natural history talk at this year’s Northern Woodlands Conference. The Loon Conservation… Read More »

  • A Song For Someone thumbnail

    A Song For Someone

    by Dave Mance III | August 19th 2016
    I was editing a piece the other day on mourning warbler songs, and learned that males who live in different parts of the country sing… Read More »