Editor's Blog

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    ’Tis the Season

    by Patrick White | December 7th 2017
    It’s sales season on Christmas tree farms and, borrowing from Dave Mance’s “Dispatches from the Sugarwoods” that regularly appear in this space during the spring,… Read More »

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    Dispatch from Deer Camp, 2017

    by Dave Mance III | November 22nd 2017
    Hunting is portrayed idyllically by those who love it – you can see it here in this beautiful PR shot from the Fish and Wildlife… Read More »

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    How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    by Dave Mance III | November 10th 2017
    One of our regular magazine contributors sent me this email this week: An awful thing happened this weekend here in Plainfield. I was walking in… Read More »

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    Firewood Method

    by Dave Mance III | October 26th 2017
    It’s probably safe to assume that most readers of this magazine are well aware that firewood needs to be reasonably dry before it’s burned, and… Read More »

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    For Once, an Actual Editor’s Blog

    by Dave Mance III | October 13th 2017
    A writer who’d recently had a piece of writing rejected by a magazine once told me that the experience was like walking into an interview… Read More »

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    Building a Movement

    by Dave Mance III | September 29th 2017
    Harvard Forest released a report last week that’s been grabbing headlines – you can read it here. The big news is that between 1990 and… Read More »

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    Doing it Right

    by Dave Mance III | September 15th 2017
    We’ve been rebuilding a major section of one of our sugarbushes this summer with the idea that this time we’re going to do it right.… Read More »

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    On September

    by Dave Mance III | September 1st 2017
    Some months, like some people, have a very strong sense of who and what they are. May is spring. July and August are summer. October… Read More »

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    What Happened to the Forest Industry?

    by Dave Mance III | August 18th 2017
    A co-worker sent me this email the other day: Hi there, a very lovely elderly subscriber just called and he wants to know more about… Read More »

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    A Cool Historic Video

    by Dave Mance III | August 4th 2017
    A friend shared this great video with me the other day of Neil Young – not the pop star but a town-elder-type from around these… Read More »

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    Fire on the Mountain, One Year Later

    by Dave Mance III | July 21st 2017
    When people – myself included – write about forestry they tend to focus on the treatments or harvests as though they’re the story. It’s where… Read More »

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    On Intuition

    by Dave Mance III | July 7th 2017
    “Where should I look to find chanterelles?” someone asked the other day. And I said look on rich soil and poor soil, wet sites and… Read More »

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    Queen Victoria

    by Dave Mance III | June 23rd 2017
    There was an interesting profile, written by Ellen Barry, which ran in the New York Times this past spring about a guy named T. N.… Read More »

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    What’ll We Do With The Baby-o?

    by Dave Mance III | June 8th 2017
    “It’s chaos,” I said. Then: “I’ll call you back.” There was poop on the couch and, I’d just noticed, on my pants. I put the… Read More »

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    Seaweed and Honey Bees

    by Northern Woodlands | May 25th 2017
    Each fall, the Northern Woodlands Conference brings together people with diverse backgrounds for a weekend of boundary-spanning workshops and conversation. While forests provide a setting… Read More »

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    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 »

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    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 »