Editor's Blog

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    A New Home and New Hope For Chestnuts

    by Dave Mance III | May 27th 2016
    It was a gray May day, and at the town forest in Fairlee, Vermont, a patchcut hummed with industrious students and volunteers. At the base… Read More »

  • Spring Smoked Wild Turkey and Fiddlehead Risotto with Ramps and Lemon thumbnail

    Spring Smoked Wild Turkey and Fiddlehead Risotto with Ramps and Lemon

    by Dave Mance III | May 13th 2016
    With respect to Donald Trump (and without making a partisan political statement), I think it’s fair to say that in a lot of ways America… Read More »

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    Fire on the Mountain

    by Dave Mance III | April 29th 2016
    If you’re new to forest management, it might be tempting to think that forestry is a pretty simple affair. There’s a book out there that… Read More »

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    Osprey Diving Demo

    by Elise Tillinghast | April 28th 2016
    I recently visited my family’s riverside farm in Virginia, where we’re a few years ahead of the Northeast in terms of eagle and osprey recovery… Read More »

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    Big Maple Contest

    by Dave Mance III | April 14th 2016
    While pulling taps the other day I was marveling at some big trees in our sugarbush – the largest is the 50-incher you see here.… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2016 - Part 4 thumbnail

    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2016 - Part 4

    by Dave Mance III | April 1st 2016
    Our farm bush shut down in early March, but the Hall bush is higher elevation and north facing and is still producing. We sold the… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2016 - Part 3

    by Dave Mance III | March 16th 2016
    I boiled for 14 hours the other day, and in between draws and fire-loadings read a column by David Brooks in The New York Times… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2016 - Part 2

    by Dave Mance III | March 4th 2016
    We boiled our first sap of the year on February 21, and once it started, it ran pretty consistently until last Wednesday. By March 1… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2016

    by Dave Mance III | February 19th 2016
    This is my fifth year writing a sugaring journal for this editor’s blog, and one of the nice things about having a written record of… Read More »

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    Woods Savvy Quiz Winners

    by Elise Tillinghast | February 4th 2016
    This past autumn, Northern Woodlands circulated a “woods savvy” quiz, with the promise to announce the winners today. The quiz featured 10 multiple choice questions,… Read More »

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    This and That

    by Dave Mance III | January 22nd 2016
    I think I speak for all of us in expressing thanks for the natural order that’s been restored by January’s cold. Two weekends ago I… Read More »

  • Reflections on the Standoff in Oregon thumbnail

    Reflections on the Standoff in Oregon

    by Dave Mance III | January 8th 2016
    I help parent a teenage boy, who’s hard at work developing a portfolio of unassailable convictions. If my parents were to read this they’d smile… Read More »

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    Some Insights Regarding the Aerial Caribou

    by Elise Tillinghast & Susan Morse | December 22nd 2015
    Rangifer tarandus var. rudolphus, also known as the aerial caribou (or aerial reindeer in Europe) lives most of the year in more northern latitudes. However,… Read More »

  • Lessons in Butchering Venison thumbnail

    Lessons in Butchering Venison

    by Dave Mance III | December 11th 2015
    We hung a grizzled old deer in camp this year who was in less than ideal condition, meat-wise. He was sort of randy smelling in… Read More »

  • Charged-Up Chainsaws thumbnail

    Charged-Up Chainsaws

    by Patrick White | November 25th 2015
    Earlier this year I had a chance to try out some electric (battery-powered) chainsaws. My expectations going in were pretty low: I figured that they… Read More »

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    The Midnight Stoker

    by Dave Mance III | November 12th 2015
    Consider the givens in life, those moments of predictability that stand out in a constantly changing world. The sun rises in the east, for instance.… Read More »

  • Writers & Readers Conference A Success thumbnail

    Writers & Readers Conference A Success

    by Northern Woodlands | October 30th 2015
    We’re still recovering from our big annual Writers & Readers Conference, while also putting the final touches on the winter issue of the magazine. So… Read More »

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    An Old Journal

    by Patrick White | October 16th 2015
    A couple weeks back our friend Mike Batten, a logger who lives down the road from our office, dropped off a century-old journal he thought… Read More »

  • Envisioning Vermont in 2065 thumbnail

    Envisioning Vermont in 2065

    by Dave Mance III | October 2nd 2015
    I went to a group-think exercise the other day where participants were asked to envision what the landscape in Vermont would look like 40 years… Read More »

  • Fascinating and Wicked Gross thumbnail

    Fascinating and Wicked Gross

    by Dave Mance III | September 17th 2015
    Like a lot of kids who grew up rural, I was introduced to many of the wonders of nature through hunting. Specifically squirrel hunting, which… Read More »