Editor's Blog

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    Life in the Sugarbush

    by Dave Mance III | February 13th 2009
    In early summer, our main sugarbush is a lush, earthy place. Limestone knolls roll into soggy spring-fed depressions. Two-hundred year old maples loom – their… Read More »

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    by Virginia Barlow | February 6th 2009
    I don’t know anyone who knows the names of 18 kinds of snow, which, as legend has it, any Inuit can easily reel off at… Read More »

  • Employment Opportunity

    by Stephen Long | January 27th 2009
    Deputy Director The Center for Northern Woodlands Education seeks an experienced and talented full-time Deputy Director (DD) to work closely with the Executive Director (ED)… Read More »

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    Vermont Baitfish Regulations

    by Dave Mance III | January 23rd 2009
    The State of Vermont instituted new baitfish regulations in April 2008 to prevent the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) to Vermont. Ice fisherman should… Read More »

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    A Little Bit Lost

    by Virginia Barlow | January 16th 2009
    When I was very young I used to scare the heck out of myself by getting lost in the woods near where we lived. Instead… Read More »

  • Selective Harvesting

    by Stephen Long | January 9th 2009
    Over the years in Northern Woodlands, we have revisited the subject of “selective cutting.” When loggers advertise their services, they often use the phrase, selective… Read More »

  • Captive Hunting in Vermont?

    by Dave Mance III | January 2nd 2009
    While browsing a newspaper recently, I was encouraged to read the headline: “State moves to regulate ‘captive hunting.’” It detailed the fact that after 10… Read More »

  • Happy New Year

    by Courtney Mahaney | January 1st 2009
    Happy New Year from Northern Woodlands! Read More »

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    Coal in My Stocking? Thanks!

    by Chuck Wooster | December 26th 2008
    A non-profit group in the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Council, is making it possible for ordinary folks to do something proactive about global warming. For a… Read More »

  • Harvesting in Lean Times

    by Lora Nielsen | December 12th 2008
    Our Autumn 2008 issue features a beautiful photo essay on our forest friends building their food reserves for winter called “Harvesting in a Time of… Read More »

  • Vanishing Track

    by Dave Mance III | November 28th 2008
    I cut a mature buck track walking a scrape line opening weekend – a deer heavy enough that he left deep imprints in the soggy… Read More »

  • Illegal Logging

    by Stephen Long | November 21st 2008
    A few weeks back, The New Yorker ran a fascinating story on illegal logging, with a focus on the trade in stolen logs in China… Read More »

  • Salvaging a Word

    by Chuck Wooster | November 14th 2008
    One Friday afternoon this past July, a micro-burst hailstorm descended on our farm. I noticed right away that most of our vine crops had been… Read More »

  • Celebrating with Local Foods

    by Amy Peberdy | November 7th 2008
    On Oct. 28th, our staff, our publication partners, state agency exhibitors, and landowners celebrated our new Vermont version of The Place You Call Home. Folks… Read More »

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    The Place I Call Home

    by Lora Nielsen | October 31st 2008
    This past summer, my husband and I moved to Corinth, VT, from one of those flat cities to the south. I began working as the… Read More »

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    The Long and the Short of It

    by Virginia Barlow | October 24th 2008
    We’re all familiar with the impossibly loud blasts emitted by tiny spring peepers in March. But have you noticed that peepers peep again in early… Read More »

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    Daily versus Quarterly

    by Stephen Long | October 17th 2008
    Adrenalin is a beautiful thing. At Northern Woodlands, we are quite accustomed to the rhythms of a quarterly cycle. Four publications a year works just… Read More »

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    A Strange Idea of a Good Time

    by Dave Mance III | October 10th 2008
    My friend J was lucky enough to draw a Vermont moose tag last year; luckier still to take a strange-looking-but-in-a-good-way bull on the fourth day… Read More »

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    Going To Camp

    by Stephen Long | September 19th 2008
    We’ve received all sorts of feedback on Dave Mance’s story on hunting camps in the Autumn issue. One wrote that “I wanted the hunting camp… Read More »

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    Summer’s Descent

    by Dave Mance III | September 4th 2008
    There’s that moment, when you’re riding on a Ferris wheel, when the gondola you’re riding in pauses at the circle’s highest point. The engine stops… Read More »