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    Murky Waters

    by Northern Woodlands | February 15th 2019
    Earlier this winter, Paul Smith College’s Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) published a report on water quality for 21 lakes in Hamilton County. The county occupies…

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    Wood and Its Carbon Debt, Again

    by Dave Mance III | February 1st 2019
    This letter came in to us the other day. To the Editors: By this time, you and many of your Vermont readers have most likely…

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    A Winter Tussle

    by Elise Tillinghast | January 18th 2019
    Last weekend, there was a tussle in the lilac bush in our front yard, and when the snow settled, what was revealed was one weasel…

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    Winter Waterfowl

    by Elise Tillinghast | January 4th 2019
    I have yet to hear of any snowy owls nearby this winter, although they’re on the move in the Northeast; Cornell’s eBird site includes recent…

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    Ancient Gifts

    by Elise Tillinghast | December 21st 2018
    Recently, I’ve been learning about ancient forests. This started when a teacher I met at an educators’ conference gave me a chunk of shale covered…

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    Using More of a Deer

    by Dave Mance III | December 6th 2018
    I’m a big proponent of cutting up your own local venison – the local in that phrase used to distinguish between a deer someone shoots…

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    Planting Hope for a New American Chestnut

    by Northern Woodlands | November 21st 2018
    During the first decade of the 20th century, New York Harbor teemed with steamships delivering new arrivals from overseas. Between 1900 and 1910, the Statue…

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    Portrait of a Forest: Men and Machine

    by Northern Woodlands | November 9th 2018
    Over the past five years, photojournalist George Bellerose has spent thousands of hours photographing and interviewing loggers and others whose jobs, one way or another,…

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    Conference Recap

    by Northern Woodlands | October 26th 2018
    This year’s Northern Woodlands Conference, held at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont, featured a great mix of workshops and presentations, all related, in…

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    Puffball Season

    by Elise Tillinghast | October 12th 2018
    This autumn seems an especially good one for mushrooms. Our September Reader Photo Gallery includes a number of fungi photos, and a one mile walk…

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    Q&A: A Conversation with Ben Cosgrove

    by Northern Woodlands | September 27th 2018
    Who’s in the woods? In this occasional web series, we check in with members of our tribe to learn a little bit more about the…

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    Q&A: A Conversation with Tiffany Soukup

    by Northern Woodlands | September 14th 2018
    Who’s in the woods? In this occasional web series, we check in with members of our tribe to learn a little bit more about the…

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    The Questionnaire: A Conversation with Matt Cadreact

    by Northern Woodlands | August 31st 2018
    Cadreact Logging, located in Haverhill, New Hampshire, typically employs a five to six person crew. In 2015, they moved about 5,100 tons of firewood, 6,800…

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    A Sneak Peek

    by Northern Woodlands | August 17th 2018
    Very soon, the Autumn 2018 issue of Northern Woodlands will be out. One article you’ll find in its pages is an in-depth exploration of Big…

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    The Questionnaire: A Conversation with Eric D’Aleo

    by Elise Tillinghast | August 3rd 2018
    Eric D’Aleo is a naturalist at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, New Hampshire, where a day’s work includes such duties as coyote training,…

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    Little White Sac Discovery

    by Elise Tillinghast | July 18th 2018
    Recently I found something odd in the grass, and so of course I took it inside to examine under the kitchen microscope. I thought it…

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    A Swimming Hole in the Woods

    by Dave Mance III | July 6th 2018
    The truck thermometer said 98 degrees in town – the hazy air thick enough you could chew it. By the time we turned off Route…

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    Claude G. Dern, One of a Kind

    by Patrick White | June 22nd 2018
    There’s been plenty said, and entire books written, about the importance of character. Any successful group, community, or society undoubtedly needs people of character in…

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    Words Matter

    by Dave Mance III | June 8th 2018
    Alternative reality has become something of an art form these days in Washington; a case in point that could affect the rural Northeast involves a…

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    Two Species or One?

    by Dave Mance III | May 24th 2018
    During morel season the south end of the kitchen counter gets commandeered: there’s a maple cutting board, brush, paring knife, bowl for trim, and the…