Editor's Blog

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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 »

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    Making the Switch to Lead-Free Bullets

    by Dave Mance III | September 4th 2015
    Mr. Trefry was my seventh grade industrial arts teacher and an avid fisherman. He showed me how to cast lead jigs, which I used over… Read More »

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    Breaking Down Technological Barriers in Maine

    by Elise Tillinghast | August 21st 2015
    Spend time in northern Maine, and you’ll likely get an earful of two seemingly incompatible complaints. The first is the scarcity of jobs. The shuttering… Read More »

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    Summer Sky

    by Dave Mance III | August 6th 2015
    G and I were out for a walk the other night, talking about and wondering why the sky has been so beautiful for the last… Read More »

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    White Pine Then and Now

    by Dave Mance III | July 23rd 2015
    We’re doing a big story on white pine blister rust in the Autumn issue, and in tracking down art for the piece came across a… Read More »

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    Birch Peelers

    by Dave Mance III | July 10th 2015
    The birch bark peelers arrived in a pickup pulling a covered trailer. There was a 4-wheeler in it, a smaller trailer, and sheets of cardboard… Read More »

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    On The Coast

    by Dave Mance III | June 26th 2015
    I went on vacation this past week down to southern Massachusetts, a place that’s really a different world to a guy from Vermont: the land… Read More »

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    On Sawmilling

    by Dave Mance III | June 12th 2015
    I’ve been trying to line things up to build a house for a few years now, and am getting nowhere fast. I’ve made some recent… Read More »

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    No Way to Say What’s in the Heart. Never.

    by Dave Mance III | May 27th 2015
    It’s often implied, if it’s not said outright, that nature is a cruel, cold place. We’ve all seen trees wrapped around each other fighting for… Read More »

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    Tick Talk

    by Dave Mance III | May 15th 2015
    I went to a tick talk last night in southwestern Vermont that was sponsored by Bennington College and the Bennington County Sustainable Forestry Consortium. Kathleen… Read More »

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    On The Boardwalk

    by Dave Mance III | May 1st 2015
    You do this job long enough and you turn into Andy Rooney, I’ve decided, which is to say that you slowly become some crotchety old… Read More »