Editor's Blog

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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 »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2015 Part 4

    by Dave Mance III | April 17th 2015
    We boiled for the last time this season last Saturday – a raw, cold day. It froze hard that night, but Sunday rose up into… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2015 Part 3

    by Dave Mance III | April 3rd 2015
    There’s still an element of magic in sugaring, still plenty of things we don’t understand. Take how weather relates to a run. The book says… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2015 Part 2

    by Dave Mance III | March 20th 2015
    So we got our first run the end of last week, and made our first syrup on March 14. That was also the day we… Read More »

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    Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2015

    by Dave Mance III | March 6th 2015
    We usually start tapping our sugarwoods around February 1. This year it was five below zero that morning, and so there was no rush getting… Read More »

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    Objectivity

    by Dave Mance III | February 20th 2015
    One of the biggest criticisms of the media these days is that it’s objective to a fault. Consider the flack some editors have taken recently… Read More »

  • A Sleepy Owl, and a New Web Feature thumbnail

    A Sleepy Owl, and a New Web Feature

    by Elise Tillinghast | February 5th 2015
    This winter, a barred owl has been loitering around my house. My husband arbitrarily declared it a male (there’s no easy way to sex an… Read More »

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    A Glorious January Day

    by Dave Mance III | January 22nd 2015
    If you were to describe deep, January cold to someone who’d never experienced it before, you might point out that you can hear it. Get… Read More »

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    Quiz Winners Announced

    by Elise Tillinghast | January 8th 2015
    Editors Dave Mance and Patrick White are holed up in their offices this week, working away on final drafts for the Northern Woodlands spring issue.… Read More »

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    A Good Winter

    by Dave Mance III | December 24th 2014
    On the seventh of December, men stood in the garage and said: “Yep, snow before Pearl Harbor Day; it’s gonna be a good winter.”  Then,… Read More »