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    Easy Wood

    by Castle Freeman, Jr. | Autumn 2017
    If you have much to do with firewood, and if you have retained your amateur standing, you will eventually become acquainted with a certain principle…

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    Song of the Balsam Fir

    by David George Haskell | Autumn 2017
    Kakabeka, northwestern Ontario 48°23’45.7” N, 89°37’17.2” W I stand on a stony bluff overlooking a valley filled with the textures and hues of northern forests:…

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    Outdoor Palette: Nicole Duennebier

    by Adelaide Tyrol | Autumn 2017
    “Wait, what in the world is that?” In art, as in nature, the familiar attracts us. We feel a certain security in being able to…

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    Tricks of the Trade: Building a Better Sawbuck

    by Brett R. McLeod | Autumn 2017
    Does your back hurt from bending over to buck firewood on the ground? Can you admit that occasionally you cut too far and run your…

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    1,000 Words

    by Bob M. Montgomery | Autumn 2017
    Walking a field at the edge of Lake Memphremagog one fall evening, photographer Bob M. Montgomery found that the angle of the setting sun offered…

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    Tracking Tips: Putting Food Up

    by Susan C. Morse | Summer 2017
    We start putting food up in August – about the time we can smell the sun-warmed tomatoes, even before we gather them for canning. “Putting…

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    From the Center

    by Elise Tillinghast | Autumn 2017
    Recently, a reader left a comment on our website relating to a 2009 article by columnist Susan Morse. This article describes the early fall behavior…

  • Outdoor Palette: Susan Bull Riley thumbnail

    Outdoor Palette: Susan Bull Riley

    by Adelaide Tyrol | Summer 2017
    Susan Bull Riley has the eye of a naturalist, the discipline of a classical musician, and the sensibility of a plein air artist. These three…

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    Tricks of the Trade: Wooden Felling Wedges

    by Brett R. McLeod | Summer 2017
    Not to endorse stereotypes too much, but I’m a card-carrying cheap Scot. As I walk through the local farm and forestry supply store, my mind…

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    Field Work: At Work Sawing Timber at Strong Farm and Sawmill

    by Tony Donovan | Summer 2017
    East Hampton, Connecticut — To the left of the driveway is a circular steel sawblade hung in an oak-post frame, bearing the name of the…

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    Saving New England’s Rare Plants

    by Susan Shea | Summer 2017
    Carla Fenner strode along the railroad tracks outside Burlington, Vermont, on an August afternoon, wearing an orange surveyor’s vest and carrying a large volume entitled…

  • The Gordian Knot: Feral Cats and Wildlife thumbnail

    The Gordian Knot: Feral Cats and Wildlife

    by Mike Freeman | Summer 2017
    I’ve assessed spotted owl feuds and wolf re-introductions,” said Dr. William Lynn, an environmental ethics professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. “I’ve never, though,…

  • Birds in Focus: The Vireo Challenge thumbnail

    Birds in Focus: The Vireo Challenge

    by Bryan Pfeiffer | Summer 2017
    Some weighty and persistent questions in the North Woods: Black spruce or red spruce? Green frog or mink frog? Red-eyed vireo or blue-headed vireo? Not…

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    Silent Sparks

    by Sara Lewis | Summer 2017
    As daylight drains from the summer sky, a cool breeze rustles through a hay-scented New England meadow. Relaxing in the long grass, even the keenest…

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    Mushroom and Metaphor

    by Verandah Porche | Summer 2017
    July 1989: A stranger with a colander full of fragrant mushrooms changed my life. Reinhardt, a German scientist with wild hair, in khaki shorts, rushed…

  • Photographer’s Notebook: Tree and Shrub Flowers thumbnail

    Photographer’s Notebook: Tree and Shrub Flowers

    by Jerry Jenkins | Summer 2017
    We’re excited about a new project we’re embarking on with Jerry Jenkins, a research ecologist, botanist, and geographer from White Creek, New York. The concept…

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    1,000 Words

    by Nathanael Asaro | Summer 2017
    “I took this image on the Subway trail on Mt. Mansfield in Vermont,” says photographer Nathanael Asaro. The trail runs parallel to the west side…

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    From the Center

    by Elise Tillinghast | Summer 2017
    One way that trees respond to stress is to pour energy into the dormant buds along their trunks and branches. Sprouts erupt in odd places,…

  • Outdoor Palette: David Goodsell thumbnail

    Outdoor Palette: David Goodsell

    by Adelaide Tyrol | Spring 2017
    Like many artists, David Goodsell’s work is born of careful observation of the natural world; his landscapes just happen to be molecular – the world…

  • Tricks of the Trade: Building With Cordwood thumbnail

    Tricks of the Trade: Building With Cordwood

    by Brett R. McLeod | Spring 2017
    The first time I saw cordwood construction was in high school when I shadowed a consulting forester for career day. His home office was made…