Recent Discussions

  • Field Work: At Work Buying Veneer Logs With Phil Stannard

    January 3rd 2017
    I had the pleasure of working with my older brother, Phil as an assistant log buyer for two years, after college. The most impressive factor I witnessed in my time with him, was his deep… Read More »

  • Weasels Begin to Put on Winter Whites

    January 3rd 2017
    I have a couple of bird feeders outside my window that are regularly visited by red squirrels who make tunnels under the snow all through the area.  I noticed that there have not been many… Read More »

  • The Color of Cranberries

    January 2nd 2017
    Are high bush cranberries related to cranberries? Read More »

  • On Winter Birdfeeders, Many Questions

    January 2nd 2017
    We have one Coopers Hawk that comes around for a small meal ever 4th or 5th day. The Red Wing Hawk about once every 10 days. This I can understand by natures checks and balance.… Read More »

  • On Winter Birdfeeders, Many Questions

    January 2nd 2017
    I think it’s important to recognize that the tons of food offered to birds doesn’t just come from the feed store, just like our groceries don’t come from the supermarket. I purchased bird seed recently… Read More »

  • Timber Rattlesnakes

    January 1st 2017
    Ben,  I’m sure it was a Timber Rattlesnake. I found one on a trail just off Skyline Drive in Virginia. Jet black , about 4’ and well fed . What an amazing opportunity to see… Read More »

  • On Faith and Christmas

    December 29th 2016
    Dave, I’m always a fan of your column, but this one knocks the ball out of the park. Beautiful. It entirely resonates with me, a “Forest Christian.” (One old English-proffy quibble: like so many nowadays,… Read More »

  • Woods Whys: How Do Trees Heal Wounds on Trunks and Branches?

    December 29th 2016
    Great article. I have been an arborist in charlotte, NC for years and have owned my own charlotte NC tree service for quite some time now, and caring for trees has been more of my… Read More »

  • On Faith and Christmas

    December 27th 2016
    Psalm 19 in the King James version is worthy to be pondered. “The heavens declare the Glory of God.“God took the form of a tiny baby humbling himself as a man and dying on a… Read More »

  • The Great Mudpuppy Mystery

    December 27th 2016
    I am just a fisherman but I can tell you most of what I read about the Conn river mud puppy is bull. If you catch one most likely there are hundreds in that area.… Read More »

  • Forestry in Iceland?

    December 27th 2016
    Hi do you happen to know the species or common name of the trees that are planted around homes and on property lines throughout Iceland? Read More »

  • On Faith and Christmas

    December 23rd 2016
    Dave, thanks for touching on this subject at such a special time of year. As a farmer,beekeeper, carpenter, outdoorsman, I feel that there are many things that occur on a daily basis, that to me,… Read More »

  • On Faith and Christmas

    December 23rd 2016
    I loved this article. I am a Christian living in rural Nova Scotia and find that being out in the woods behind the house is often a mystical experience. Read More »

  • What Does the Fox See?

    December 23rd 2016
    I will try to express to you a heartfelt experience with a fox in my backyard. On a beautiful sunlit day in late spring, I saw a beautiful, healthy looking red fox on the back… Read More »

  • On Faith and Christmas

    December 23rd 2016
    Nicely done. Merry Christmas! Read More »

  • Wood is Great: The Elevator Pitch

    December 22nd 2016
    I hate to be a killjoy here, because I understand the economic and environmental pluses of heating with wood. However, what people don’t seem to talk about is how painful it is—financially painful, to convert… Read More »

  • Maple’s Other Delicacy

    December 21st 2016
    I’ve heard of the spring leaves of red and sugar maples being eaten, and the report was they weren’t unpleasant but weren’t good either. My guess would be that a mature moose maple leaf would… Read More »

  • Wood is Great: The Elevator Pitch

    December 20th 2016
    I think the first, Amy. Elm does prefer moist soil and is susceptible to drought, but dutch elm disease is the primary stressor of trees over a certain size. They’re all, unfortunately, living on borrowed… Read More »

  • Night Vision: How Animals See in the Dark

    December 19th 2016
    I saw an animal 3 years ago at night, but could not see it’s body until I walked closer. The first feature I noticed were it’s bright yellow green eyes. The creature was standing in… Read More »

  • Maple’s Other Delicacy

    December 18th 2016
    Are Moose maple leaves edible? The reason I ask is that I was wondering what kind of native leaves we could use to make plates: https://www.facebook.com/dw.globalideas/?pnref=story. I teach Issues in Sustainability at Plymouth State University. Read More »