Editor's Blog

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    A Reservoir of History

    by Dave Mance III | August 17th 2009
    One of the best parts about having older fishing companions is that trips often double as history lessons. Last weekend one such lesson unfolded on… Read More »

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    New Spout Has Sugarmakers Talking

    by Dave Mance III | August 10th 2009
    Each year the Vermont Maple Sugarmakers’ Association holds its annual Maplerama event – an excuse for sugarmakers from around the state to get together, talk… Read More »

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    Truck Diving Bear

    by Dave Mance III | August 3rd 2009
    When we tout the benefits of country living, safety is often at the top of the list. (“I never lock my doors!”) Break-ins and vandalism… Read More »

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    Wet Weather Wondering

    by Dave Mance III | July 28th 2009
    It’s been one of the cooler, wetter summers in memory, enough so that everyday banter about the weather seems even more ubiquitous than usual. A… Read More »

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    Thymelicus Lineola In the Fields

    by Dave Mance III | July 10th 2009
    We were on a gravel road that wound through a hayfield—just walking through, talking as we went. At first the butterflies were so tiny that… Read More »

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    Vermont’s Current Use Program

    by Dave Mance III | June 26th 2009
    Vermont’s Current Use Program is one of those rare pieces of legislation that garners high praise from both the left and right side of the… Read More »

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    Why Hire a Forester?

    by Dave Mance III | June 19th 2009
    So the other day a mass mailing went out to landowners in Corinth, Vermont from a timber harvest/tree removal company in New Hampshire. The company… Read More »

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    Sinkhole Mystery

    by Dave Mance III | June 12th 2009
    My friend E’s a barrel-chested logger who lives down in southwestern Vermont. He’s a tough hombre, as is anyone who makes their living cutting trees.… Read More »

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    What Should I Plant?

    by Dave Mance III | June 5th 2009
    My brother and his fiancé just built a log cabin home on a broomstick lot in southern Vermont. It was a bit of a nightmare… Read More »

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    Lynx and Logging

    by Dave Mance III | May 29th 2009
    The good news is that Canada Lynx are thriving in Maine. Hundreds of the leggy, snow-loving cats are breeding in the state’s vast north woods,… Read More »

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    The Early Garden

    by Dave Mance III | May 22nd 2009
    There’s something about the beginning of things; Bohemian poets are always reveling here: new lovers, fresh starts, changed perspectives. For those of us with underdeveloped… Read More »

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    Don’t Get Lost in Migration

    by Lora Nielsen | May 15th 2009
    As Charles W. Johnson began in our April 20, 2009 Outside Story article on biological clocks, “It is a magical time we anticipate for months…the… Read More »

  • Amelanchier By Any Other Name

    by Steve Long | May 8th 2009
    Our first showy tree blossoms of spring are popping out all around us now. Alternatively known as shadbush or serviceberry, assorted varieties of Amelanchier are… Read More »

  • Foraging for the Springtime Ramp thumbnail

    Foraging for the Springtime Ramp

    by Dave Mance III | May 1st 2009
    While experienced foragers can make gourmet meals out of any number of wild plants – from cattail roots to stinging nettle leaves – most amateurs… Read More »

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    In Sight of the Property Line

    by Dave Mance III | April 24th 2009
    Blake Thomsen, a licensed land surveyor from Chelsea, Vermont, contacted the magazine with a request that we run a small blurb explaining to landowners why… Read More »

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    Let a Kid Take You Fishing

    by Dave Mance III | April 17th 2009
    It was Sunday morning, last Sunday morning, and dawn was just breaking in fishing camp. First there were birds singing in complete darkness: prophets? Cheerleaders?… Read More »

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    Ticks Revisited

    by Dave Mance III | April 2nd 2009
    Maple Sunday—March 29—was the last day of our maple sugaring season. The sap’s still running but the sugar content has dropped to the point where… Read More »

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    The Upside-down Tree

    by Virginia Barlow | March 27th 2009
    On a recent trip to East Africa I was swept off my feet by the baobob tree, as has happened to many other travelers. How… Read More »

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    The Business of the Environment

    by Steve Long | March 13th 2009
    I came across a recent story in The Oregonian (“Fall in wood products market redirects environmentalist strategy,” by Michael Milstein, December 20, 2008) talking about… Read More »

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    Sweet Expectations

    by Dave Mance III | March 6th 2009
    The 2009 season began in earnest last Friday. We had a small run in our southern Vermont sugarbush – enough to make the first syrup… Read More »